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MLB Star Mike Foltynewicz - Top 5 Facts

Heisenberg Published On Thu Jul 30 2020   Modified On Thu Jul 30 2020
MLB Star Mike Foltynewicz  - Top 5 Facts

Learn all the top facts you need to know about the American professional baseball pitcher Mike Foltynewicz.

Mike Foltynewicz is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He also played for the Houston Astros in the league.

Mike Foltynewicz was selected by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. He played in the minor leagues until he was called up to the Astros in August 2014. The Astros traded Foltynewicz to the Braves before the 2015 season. He also appeared in the All-Star Game in 2018 and was designated for assignment by the Braves in 2020. Below we compiled the top 5 facts you need to know about the baseball pitcher, so you get to know him better.

Mike Foltynewicz's Early Life

Mike Foltynewicz was born on October 7, 1991, in Sterling, Illinois. He grew up in Minooka, Ill., some 45 minutes south of Chicago, and from an early age, he wanted to be a major league baseball player. 

Mike Foltynewicz was born on October 7, 1991.

Mike Foltynewicz was born on October 7, 1991.
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As a child, Mike Foltynewicz grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He says that his parents, Gary and Cindy Foltynewicz, both developed elbow problems one summer due to throwing him so many pitches during batting practice. He studied at Minooka High School in Minooka, Illinois, and graduated in 2010.

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Mike Foltynewicz's Career With the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros selected Mike Foltynewicz in the first round, with the 19th overall selection of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He planned to attend the University of Texas at Austin, but he got chosen to enter professional baseball in the draft.

The Houston Astros selected Mike Foltynewicz in the first round, with the 19th overall selection in 2010.

The Houston Astros selected Mike Foltynewicz in the first round, with the 19th overall selection in 2010.
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Mike Foltynewicz and the  Astros agreed to a $1.2 million signing bonus. In 2010 with the Greeneville Astros, he was 0–3 with a 4.03 ERA. In 2011 at Class A Lexington he was 5–11 with a 4.97 ERA. was the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012. He got called up to Astros on August 1, 2014, and made his first appearance was against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 2.

Mike Foltynewicz's Career With the Atlanta Braves

The Astros traded Foltynewicz, Andrew Thurman, and Rio Ruiz to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Evan Gattis and James Hoyt on January 14, 2015. Mike Foltynewicz got invited to the team's spring training and was sent down to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on April 4.

The Astros traded Foltynewicz to the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

The Astros traded Foltynewicz to the Atlanta Braves in 2015.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Foltynewicz and the Braves agreed to a one-year contract worth $5.475 million for 2019 without going to arbitration. Before the start of the 2020 season,  Foltynewicz and the Braves agreed to a one-year contract worth $6.425 million, without utilizing the salary arbitration process.

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Mike Foltynewicz's Personal Life

Mike Foltynewicz is currently married to his wife, Brittany Wortmann. There is not much information available on the married life and relationship status of the 26-year-old player as he prefers to keep his private life out of the limelight. 

Mike Foltynewicz is currently married to his wife, Brittany Wortmann.

Mike Foltynewicz is currently married to his wife, Brittany Wortmann.
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The couple shares son, Michael Jett Foltynewicz, who was born on Saturday morning, in February 2018. The family currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Foltynewicz Currently Earns a Yearly Salary of Over $5 Million.

Mike Foltynewicz made an average salary of $5,475,000 in 2019, according to a statistics report by USA Today. He made that amount of money after signing a deal with the Atlanta Braves for the one-year contract. The report listed him in the ninth position among the highest salary earners in the MLB.

Mike Foltynewicz made an average salary of $5,475,000 in 2019.

Mike Foltynewicz made an average salary of $5,475,000 in 2019.
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Prior to the 2020 season, Foltynewicz and the Braves agreed to a one-year contract worth $6.425 million, without utilizing the salary arbitration process. That is a considerably increased amount in comparision to the previous year, and if the performance improves, he is going to earn much higher in the coming years.

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