Mike Foltynewicz has shown promise this season since hitting the big league rotation, but his inconsistency has him headed back to AAA Gwinnett, according to David O’ Brien:
#Braves send RHP Folty to GBraves, call up IF Castro. Fredi G says no decision on Fri SP in place of Folty
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) June 17, 2015
All season long we have seen “Good Folty” and “Bad Folty”, but there hasn’t been much of an in-between. Foltynewicz had a 5.19 ERA in 9 starts for Atlanta, but wowed many fans with his high velocity. While Folty has struggled a bit, I’m still not convinced this is the right move. The big reel in the Evan Gattis deal dominated AAA earlier this season, and showed promise at the big league level. If I’m Fredi Gonzalez, I’m letting my starter pitch through the growing pains.
Daniel Castro has never gotten much love as a prospect in the Braves organization, but I have him ranked 25th on our prospect list. The 22-year old out of Mexico has hit .330 between AA and AAA this season, and could challenge Pedro Ciriaco’s roster spot if he plays well. This is his first first cup of tea in the big leagues. With Andrelton Simmons still out with a hand injury, this move could just be precautionary for the time being.
The Braves are yet to announce who will start on Friday. Manny Banuelos could be a strong candidate to join the rotation, but he pitched last night and is on an inning limit. It’s highly unlikely he pitches as soon as Friday. Cody Martin has been starting for Gwinnett and his last appearance was Sunday, so he could a candidate for another call up. Sugar Ray Marimon is currently with the big league club as an extra arm, and he has started in AAA all season. Perhaps we will finally see the Major League debut of Matt Wisler, my top rated prospect in the organization. He is well-rested, and though coming off a rough outing, has had a nice year.
We will keep you posted as to who will be joining the rotation when information becomes available.