The Atlanta Braves only have so much patience.
From the owner to the field manager, Atlanta is still waiting to cash in on the Mike Foltynewicz pitching experiment. The 28-year-old right-hander is one of the most coveted hurlers on the Braves baseball team.
Foltynewicz is well liked. He is hard working, and he is as loyal to the Braves as they are to him.
Atlanta has not given up on the tall and slender pitcher. But Foltynewicz is due for a breakout season. Granted, he has had backto- back winning records at 13-10 in 2018 and 8-6 in the 2019 season.
But the Braves are looking for much more than a 4.27 career earned run average and the occasional temper tantrum on the pitching mound. Foltynewicz will begin his sixth season with the Braves this year.
He has a 44-41 career record. That is average, and Foltynewicz is talented.
Something isn’t adding up. Atlanta expects more consistency and leadership from No. 26 this season. He is due, and he is capable. Foltynewicz has as much arm talent as anyone in the Major Leagues.
He knows how to blow some smoke.
The 6-foot-4, 200pound Foltynewicz has no less than five pitches in his ever-expanding arsenal. The Braves veteran knows how to change speeds, and he is learning how to properly mix up his pitches.
Foltynewicz has some zip and hair on his pitches. He can throw his 87 MPH changeup for strikes, and the same goes for his curveball. He knows how to disguise his pitches.
He can also bring it with the best of them with his 95 MPH four-seam fastball and his 85 MPH slider. Foltynewicz can also fool batters with his 95 MPH sinker.
This guy is not a onepitch hurler. He is known as a hot head and a strikeout pitcher. Foltynewicz has struck out 307 batters in the last two years. He also started 21 games for Atlanta last year.
He showed some promise and some W’s as well in the 2016 season with a record of 9-5 with an earned run average of 4.31 for the Braves. Foltynewicz went to the hill time after time for 123.1 innings with 111 strikeouts.
He is a nightmare for a batter to face with his tall frame and his intimidating tenacity. Foltynewicz is hoping for an All-Star season in 2020, much like the one that he had in 2018.
His best season ever might be right in front of him. Mike Foltynewicz will be in the Braves starting pitching rotation this year. No. 26 will make $6.4 million on a one-year contract with Atlanta.
Foltynewicz is ready to deal, and he is planning on throwing strikes with emphasis and with a glare from the pitching rubber.
The Atlanta Braves have high expectations for the right-handed fireballer. And Foltynewicz knows that.