(Atlanta) The Atlanta Braves have a short fuse. Maybe because of the shortened season? Either way, pitcher Mike Foltynewicz paid the price.
After an excruciating outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday - six runs on three home runs and four walks in three and a third innings - the Braves nominated him for subpoena, severing ties with the 28-year-old right-hander who has played in the All-Star Game in 2018 and started two sectional playoffs last year.
This is a surprising ending for a pitcher who normally has to start the best years of his career, a right-hander filled with talent, without injury and who does not have the right to autonomy until 2022.
By doing so, the Braves have 10 days to complete a deal, although the return will be less than what a pitcher with the Foltynewicz Road Dig usually brings.
If the Braves cannot close a trade, the pitcher will be waived.
Because of what he demonstrated during summer camp and his first outing, the Braves felt they had no choice but to remove him from their 40-man roster and their 60-man squad that can. be used during this shortened season.
While used to throwing rapids around 95-96 mph, Foltynewicz struggled with both his speed and control against the Rays, continuing a trend that had taken hold in intra-squad matches. and preparatory against the Marlins, last week.
The former Houston Astros first-round pick in 2010 was seen as a top prospect when he moved to the Braves in 2015, as the team underwent a complete roster overhaul.
In seven seasons with the Astros and Braves, he was 44-42 with an earned-run average of 4.33. He had his best campaign of 2018, with a 13-10 record and a 2.85 ERA, two full games and one shutout, in addition to getting over 200 strikeouts (202) for the sole times in his career, in 183 innings pitched.