Foltynewicz eyeing continued success in 2013

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Coming off a season in which he was the named the Astros' Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 27 starts at Class A Lexington, right-hander Mike Foltynewicz knows his biggest challenges are still ahead.

"I had a good year last year, and I proved myself to a lot of people after coming out in a bad way the first couple of years," said Foltynewicz, who owns a 5-14 record and a 4.74 ERA in his first two years in the system after being selected 19th overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. "I'm really excited to see what happens this year and keep that momentum going forward."

Foltynewicz came over from Minor League camp on Sunday and worked a scoreless inning in a Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Foltynewicz could get his feet wet at Double-A this year.

"He had a great year last year and it was good to see him go out and face Major League hitters, and do a good job," Luhnow said. "We're going to take it easy with him as well. I would not be surprised if he spent some time this year at Double-A and have some success there. The next two levels for him are very difficult levels for pitchers, and he's going to face some adversity."