32-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Soriaís 92.4 mph average fastball velocity last season was the highest of his big league career. Still, he struggled in a seventh-inning role at times and didnít show the type of dominance with Pittsb...
Joakim Soria Contract Information:
Soria agreed to a three-year deal with the Royals in Dec15.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he'll monitor Soria's usage more carefully, giving the reliever more rest between appearances, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.
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|2014 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||TEX/DET||48||0||0||44.3||38||16||2||48||6||2||4||18||2||1||3.25||0.99|
|2015 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||PIT/DET||72||0||0||67.7||55||19||8||64||19||3||1||24||6||11||2.53||1.09|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Joakim Soria||3-Year Averages||63||0||0||59.6||54||21||6||60||17||3||4||14||5||11||3.17||1.19|
|Career (View All)||514||0||0||517.7||423||159||46||549||153||24||28||203||–||–||2.76||1.11|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched: Avg. 0.7 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched: Avg. 0.8 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
27 Games Pitched: Avg. 0.9 IP/G
Joakim Soria Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2014 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||TEX/DET||48||0||44.3||9.74||1.22||8.00||0.41||1.30||66.7%||90.2 MPH||3.25||2.04||.319|
|2015 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||PIT/DET||72||0||67.7||8.51||2.53||3.37||1.06||1.39||83.3%||92.2 MPH||2.53||3.72||.270|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Joakim Soria||3-Year Averages||63||0||59.6||9.07||2.57||3.53||0.91||–||76.9%||–||3.17||3.35||.308|
2016 Stat Review for Joakim Soria As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAlexander, Scott (P)
AAABinford, Christian (P)
AADiekroeger, Kenny (SS)
A+Arteaga , Humberto (SS)
ABlewett, Scott (P)
RookieAracena, Ricky (SS)
Joakim Soria: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Tigers acquired Soria prior to the 2014 trade deadline to help cure their bullpen woes. He seemed like the ideal fit, as he was putting together a good campaign in Texas. In 35 appearances with the Rangers, Soria was lights out, posting a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and stellar 42:4 K:BB ratio with 17 saves in 33.1 innings. That success didnít carry over to Detroit, as Soria posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 13 appearances. Soria also struggled in his two playoff appearances, which instilled very little confidence in Tigers fans who were probably unaware of his dominance in Texas. Heading into the 2015 season, Soria is arguably the Tigers' best relief pitcher on paper. Heís slated to begin the season in an eighth-inning setup role, which makes him the top option to assume closing duties if Joe Nathan struggles again in 2015. At the very least, Soria is a good handcuff option for Nathan owners, but heís also worth a stash if youíre making speculative picks based on potential in-season closer changes.
Soria came off the disabled list in July, pretty much as expected, following his second career Tommy John surgery in 2012. Like most returning from that surgery, he struggled at times with his control upon his return (14 walks in 23.2 innings), though the accompanying 28 strikeouts show that he's got plenty of ability left post-surgery. Joe Nathan's departure via free agency leaves the door wide open for Soria to emerge as the closer by Opening Day, as his primary competition figures to be Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers if the Rangers stick to internal options.
Soria missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery and he is now hoping to make a return for the 2013. The Rangers gave him a two-year deal in the offseason to continue his rehab, and possibly take over as their closer in 2014 as Joe Nathan's contract is up after this season. Do not be surprised if his return from the operation takes a bit longer this time around, although the Rangers have enough bullpen depth to avoid rushing him back too quickly. By most accounts, Soria will be ready to join the Texas bullpen in June if everything progresses as expected with his rehab.
Thought to be one of the most dependable closers in the game going into the season, Soria experienced failure for the first time in his career in 2011. He had 60 strikeouts, 17 walks and seven home runs allowed with a 4.03 ERA over 60.1 innings. It's those seven home runs that really did him in as four of them drove in two runs or more. While still hovering around 9.00 K/9IP, Soria's strikeout rate has decreased each of the last two seasons. This is no fluke as his swinging-strike rate has also fallen each of the last two seasons. His velocity however has not decreased, so owners should remain optimistic that Soria can get back to being among the elite closers in baseball for the 2012 season.
Already one of the game's best closers, Soria posted arguably his best season as a pro in 2010. He induced a groundball nearly 50 percent of the time a batter put the ball in play while averaging better than a strikeout per inning en route to a 1.78 ERA. He may not be able to duplicate those numbers, but it's clear the 26-year-old will be one of the top closers in the game for awhile as long as he stays healthy. Even playing for the Royals, who haven't shown any inclination to trade the All-Star, hasn't been able to slow his ascent.
Soria has quietly become one of the best closers in the game and had another dominant season in 2009. He strikes out better than a batter per inning with outstanding control (69:16 K:BB ratio). After a one-month stint on the disabled list in May, Soria returned to convert 30 of 33 save chances including all 10 of his opportunities in September. With his job security, he'll be near the top of any fantasy rankings of closers.
Wow. Soria has gone from a Rule 5 draft pick to one of the leagueís elite closers in a matter of two seasons. He saved 42 games for a team that was not all that good, and had his second consecutive sub-1.00 WHIP. Neither righties nor lefties could hit better than .171 off him, and he allowed just 19 walks in 63 games. The Royals figure to improve in 2009, which would potentially create more save opportunities, but they will have to re-solidify the path to Soria after trading some of the bullpenís key middle relievers.
Soria went from Rule 5 draft pick to a consistent closer in 2007 when called on to fill in for the injured, then traded, Octavio Dotel. He saved 17 out of 21 chances, to go with a WHIP of 0.942. He is a former starter, and there are some musings of moving him back to the rotation, but he is too good of an anchor to the bullpen. As long as the team progresses as it should, there is no reason to believe Soria canít rack up 25-plus saves.
Soria was plucked from the San Diego system during the Rule 5 draft based mostly on his work in the Mexican Winter League, where he tossed a perfect game. The Royals don't appear to have a solid bullpen entering camp, so Soria may find himself in the thick of things early.