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After Mike Foltynewicz’s first and only start in 2020, he was designated for assignment (DFA) by the Atlanta Braves.
What that means is he is no longer on the Braves’ 40-man roster. Players with more than three years of Major League service time or who have been previously outrighted may reject the outright assignment in favor of free agency. It is worth noting that “Folty” in fact, has more than three years of Major League Baseball service time.
Many fully expected him to not make it through waivers. With this unorthodox season in which teams are losing pitching arms and the very real possibility of a pitcher to be sidelined due to COVID-19 at some point in the season, it was almost a sure thing that a team could use an arm like Foltynewicz’s.
The fact that no one claimed Foltynewicz off waivers speaks volumes to how he’s perceived around the league at this point in his career.
In his lone start this year, he pitched 3.1 innings. In that start, Foltynewicz surrendered six earned runs against the Tampa Bay Rays for an ERA of 16.20. He’s lost velocity and weight in relation to the Foltynewicz many came to love on the mound.
And maybe, those two factors go hand in hand. But, maybe they don’t. We only see what we’re shown during games.
The Foltynewicz that Braves fans know will hopefully take this new assignment in stride and work toward rejoining the big league club and help the Braves make a deep postseason run. Foltynewicz not rejecting the assignment to Gwinnett in favor of free agency is a good sign for the Braves.
Without a healthy Foltynewicz, Atlanta’s rotation is now officially a weakness. That will be the case until proven otherwise.