Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
21-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
60-Day DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 11/1/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It is typically unwise to target pitching prospects with the "high floor" tag, but Soroka might be the exception. It is rare for a teenage starter to skip High-A and go straight from Low-A to Double-A, but he made it look easy. The 6-foot-5 righty finished second in the Southern League in ERA (2.75) and sixth in K-BB% (14.5 percent). He might be the best pitcher in the minors at changing hitters' eye levels with his low-90s fastball, which helps it play up as a plus offering. His slider isn't a traditional wipeout pitch, but he can manipulate the speed and shape to keep hitters off balance. Soroka's changeup is his clear third pitch, and he will need to continue to refine the offering in order to neutralize lefties. He has had success pounding the zone, boasting a career 1.9 BB/9 and 2.91 ERA. His pitchability is extremely advanced for his age -- so advanced that he could find success in the Braves' rotation this year before he turns 21 in early August. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Braves in June of 2015 that includes a $1.97 million signing bonus.
Out for rest of 2018
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
August 29, 2018
Manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that Soroka (shoulder) will not pitch again for the Braves this season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Snitker added that a "best-case scenario" is that Soroka can pitch a little in the instructional league before having a "normal offseason." As expected, the 21-year-old will not take the mound for Atlanta again in 2018 after dealing with shoulder fatigue that has sidelined him since mid-June. With the minor-league season winding down, there just isn't enough time for him to build his arm back up to speed without rushing through some steps, which is obviously not the best option for a young pitcher.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .250 57 13 4 13 4 0 0
Since 2016vs Right .327 56 8 3 17 6 0 1
2018vs Left .250 57 13 4 13 4 0 0
2018vs Right .327 56 8 3 17 6 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
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2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.48 1.16 10.1 1 1 0 6.1 3.5 0.0
Since 2016Away 3.52 1.63 15.1 1 0 0 8.2 1.8 0.6
2018Home 3.48 1.16 10.1 1 1 0 6.1 3.5 0.0
2018Away 3.52 1.63 15.1 1 0 0 8.2 1.8 0.6
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Mike Soroka compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
3.51
 
WHIP
1.44
 
BABIP
.361
 
GB/FB
2.31
 
Strand %
75.0%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Soroka finally allowed a home run in his second pro season. In fact, he allowed three, leaving him with a career rate of one home run per 59 innings. He also has a career 1.13 WHIP after completing a full season in the Sally League, logging 110.2 of his 143 innings before his 19th birthday. The ability to command three pitches while demonstrating advanced pitchability is a rare skill set for anyone in their first year in a full-season league. It is especially rare when it is a pitcher who stands 6-foot-4 with plus stuff who is showing that kind of advanced feel. Soroka was almost four years younger than the average hitter he faced in 2016 -- a trend that will continue as he moves up the ranks, beginning in 2017 in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He can't quite mirror the upside of Kolby Allard, who, like Soroka, was popped by the Braves in the first round of the 2015 draft, but few pitchers in the lower levels can match Soroka's floor as a future No. 3/4 starter.
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Likely done for season
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
August 8, 2018
Soroka (shoulder) is expected to miss the rest of the season, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Not yet throwing
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
July 24, 2018
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday that Soroka (shoulder) is at least a couple weeks away from beginning a throwing program, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Likely sidelined until September
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
July 11, 2018
Manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that Soroka (shoulder) may not return until September, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Moved to 60-day DL
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
June 27, 2018
Soroka (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
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MRI comes back clean
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
June 22, 2018
Soroka's MRI result revealed no tears or structural damage, but he admitted to feeling fatigue in his shoulder and a lack of arm speed against Toronto on Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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