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Astros' top Minors players join big league camp


KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A handful of the Astros' top Minor League players were in uniform for the Major League club on Tuesday, including pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, infielder Nolan Fontana, catcher Roberto Pena and outfielder Michael Burgess, who was taken in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

"Any time you have a new manager come in, new staff come in and you have players that are not in camp and they have an opportunity to come over here and show what they can do, it's always a good opportunity for them," manager Bo Porter said.

Foltynewicz, 20, was named the 2012 South Atlantic League Most Outstanding Pitcher after going 14-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 27 starts for Class A Lexington. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound right-hander ranked tied for first in the league in wins, second in innings pitched, fourth in ERA and sixth in strikeouts.

"There's a lot of doubters out there about me, people that don't have faith in me," Foltynewicz said. "It's a big opportunity for me to show what I have and go out there and show what I can do."

Fontana, drafted 61st overall last year, was sent directly to Class A Lexington and proved to be an on-base machine. He hit .225 in 49 games, but he had a .464 on-base percentage because he had 65 walks in 49 games.

"I'm looking forward to this," Fontana said. "This is a day you work to get to and now there's a chance. We'll see what happens."

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