Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
21-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Soroka was called up at 20 years old to make his big-league debut May 1 after just four starts at Triple-A, but a season that should have served as his coming out party was largely marred by shoulder issues. He landed on the DL in mid May with a strain and came back to make two big-league starts in mid June before getting shut down for the season with rotator cuff inflammation. There were reportedly no tears or structural damage, but it is concerning that he missed more than three months, with his manager saying in late August that Soroka pitching in the instructional league would be a "best-case" scenario. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty had proven extremely durable prior to 2018, and has No. 2 starter upside, offering potentially stellar ratios. Still the Braves' best pitching prospect, Soroka could break camp in the big-league rotation if he impresses in spring training, but if he is a little rusty, they won't hesitate to send him back to Triple-A. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in May of 2018.
Sticking in rotation
PAtlanta Braves
April 21, 2019
Soroka is listed as the probable starter for Wednesday's game in Cincinnati.
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Soroka pitched well enough in his season debut for the Braves that it was expected he would remain in the rotation, and this serves as confirmation. Touki Toussaint, who was lit up for seven earned runs in 1.1 innings Saturday, would be the likely odd man out with Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) set to return next week. It is also possible the Braves go with a six-man rotation in the short term. Regardless, Soroka's spot seems safe for now.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .246 66 14 4 15 5 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .302 71 13 5 19 7 0 1
2019vs Left .222 9 1 0 2 1 0 0
2019vs Right .182 15 5 2 2 1 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.93 1.17 15.1 1 2 0 7.6 3.5 0.0
Since 2017Away 3.52 1.63 15.1 1 0 0 8.2 1.8 0.6
2019Home 1.80 1.20 5.0 0 1 0 10.8 3.6 0.0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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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
10.8
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
1.80
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.331
 
GB/FB
4.00
 
Strand %
83.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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.
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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Reaches 85 pitches
PAtlanta Braves
April 18, 2019
Soroka (0-1) allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out six across five innings to take the loss Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
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Should reach 90 pitches Thursday
PAtlanta Braves
April 18, 2019
Soroka is expected to be available for at least 90 pitches in his start Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Called up for start
PAtlanta Braves
April 18, 2019
The Braves recalled Soroka from Triple-A Gwinnett ahead of his scheduled start Thursday against the Diamondbacks, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to start Thursday
PAtlanta Braves
April 17, 2019
Soroka is expected to be promoted for his season debut Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Unlikely to make spot start
PAtlanta Braves
April 15, 2019
The Braves no longer appear to be considering promoting Soroka from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start Thursday against the Diamondbacks or Friday against the Indians, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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