Mike Foltynewicz will start Sunday against the Astros in West Palm Beach, with Bryse Wilson following. Foltynewicz is coming off a breakthrough year in which he earned an All-Star nod and finished with a 2.85 ERA and 202 strikeouts. New pitching coach Rick Kranitz is tasked with taking Foltynewicz up another notch.
Wilson, 21, appeared in three games last season. His lone start was a memorable one: He tossed five scoreless frames in Pittsburgh, outlasting Chris Archer and becoming the youngest starter in MLB history to win a 1-0 game.
Allard and Wilson are competing for the final spot in the rotation. It’s more likely both start the season in Triple-A, though each will almost assuredly get chances at the highest level.