A day in the life of a high draft pick. Just call him “Folty.”
This is how Mike Foltynewicz ended his day at Minute Maid Park. But before he could get to this point, he had a flurry of activities waiting for him, including signing his name a few dozen times, thus officially signaling the beginning his Astros career.
Foltynewicz (pronounced Fol-ten-EH-vich), the Astros’ second pick in the first round and the 19th pick overall in this year’s Draft, will head to Greeneville on Saturday to join the club’s Rookie League team.
He spent Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park with his parents, Gary and Cindy, plowing through several steps every high draft pick goes through once a contract is agreed upon.
The 18-year-old was poised and calm as he went from station to station and met a slew of people, from front office staffers to Astros players to pitching coach Brad Arnsberg to manager Brad Mills. As he toured the clubhouse, Foltynewicz looked impressed but not overwhelmed and appeared to be unfazed by his surroundings as he warmed up in the outfield with Arnsberg in anticipation of throwing his first professional bullpen session.
A pictorial look of Foltynewicz’s day at the yard:
First order of business, of course, was signing on the dotted line. Signing a professional baseball contract is sort of like closing on a house — dozens and dozens of papers to sign.
Scouting director/Asst GM Bobby Heck and Foltynewicz sort of look like they’re taking their SAT’s here.
Before the official press conference, Mike posed for some pictures for his parents’ collection.
Then it was off to the clubhouse for a tour. Heck showed Mike every part of the lockerroom except for the training room. “You don’t need to even think about going in there,” Heck said. (The training room, obviously, is mostly occupied by guys nursing aches and pains and injuries).
Here Foltynewicz is meeting Mills for the first time.
Next up, press conference. The kid looked at ease as he answered questions from about a dozen members of the media. Heck is to the right.
Pround parents Gary and Cindy watch from the front row.
After the formal part of the presser, reporters like to get one-on-one interviews for a more personal touch.
Now that the hard part was over, it was time to suit up and head to the field. Mike threw a short side session in the bullpen, where Arnsberg and Mills could get a close up look at him. Here he is stretching and conversing with Arnsberg.
Last stop…the bullpen. Next stop: Greeneville.
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