Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 6/15/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into the 2020 season, the opinions on Soroka varied widely. Many admired his ability to command the strike zone with pinpoint control to make his rather average velocity play up in the eyes of the hitters. Others worried about his lack of swing-and-miss when he had to pitch in the zone and wondered if he had enough strikeouts in him to play up in shallow league formats. There were also workload concerns with his young age. Most of the questions were not answered as Soroka's season ended after his 199th pitch of the season when he tore his Achilles' tendon attempting to complete a fielding play. Prior to that unfortunate incident, the command was not the same and the fears concerning the lack of swing-and-miss were looking justified. Reports have him ready to resume pitching on time in 2021, and it is up to Soroka to prove his doubters wrong and show there is more to pitching than velocity. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#184
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$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Braves in February of 2021.
Not yet throwing
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
April 22, 2021
Soroka (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing, although Atlanta manager Brian Snitker believes he might be able to toss a ball soon, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander's recovery from Achilles surgery got derailed by shoulder soreness at the alternate training site soon after the season began, and given that he's been shut down for over two weeks, Soroka will need a full build-up period before he's ready to join the rotation. Atlanta's pitching depth is being tested with Max Fried (hamstring) and Drew Smyly (forearm) also currently on the IL, but the team won't rush Soroka back onto the mound.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-30%
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-58%
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-28%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .284 329 47 21 86 12 0 9
Since 2019vs Right .198 429 103 27 78 10 2 5
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .308 29 3 2 8 1 0 0
2020vs Right .130 28 5 5 3 0 0 0
2019vs Left .282 300 44 19 78 11 0 9
2019vs Right .203 401 98 22 75 10 2 5
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-67%
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-100%
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-63%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.41 1.35 83.2 6 4 0 7.4 2.7 1.0
Since 2019Away 1.46 0.95 104.2 7 1 0 7.0 2.0 0.4
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 7.04 1.83 7.2 0 1 0 5.9 8.2 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.67 6.0 0 0 0 4.5 0.0 0.0
2019Home 4.14 1.30 76.0 6 3 0 7.6 2.1 1.1
2019Away 1.55 0.96 98.2 7 1 0 7.1 2.1 0.5
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A shoulder issue kept Soroka from breaking camp with the big club and mostly killed the sleeper buzz he had been generating last spring, but that only made him a major bargain for those that nabbed him at a reduced price. After proving his health with a couple starts at Triple-A, Soroka joined the Atlanta rotation in mid-April and established himself as the majors' best rookie pitcher. The 22-year-old erased any durability concerns by making 29 starts, and he showed no signs of wearing down either, delivering a 2.95 ERA and 1.17 WHIP after the All-Star break while keeping his K-BB% in line with his first-half rate. More of a command/control specialist than a power pitcher, Soroka lacks the strikeout upside of the game's elite arms, but his ability to limit walks and generate weak contact gives him a high floor in the ratio categories. He's a worthy No. 2 or 3 starter for any fantasy pitching staff.
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.
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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No timetable for return
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
April 14, 2021
Soroka (shoulder) has not begun throwing and does not have a timetable for his return, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Shut down with shoulder injury
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
April 7, 2021
Soroka (Achilles) felt right shoulder discomfort while pitching at Atlanta's alternate site Tuesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. There is no structural damage, but Soroka will be shut down for two weeks.
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IL move official
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
March 31, 2021
Atlanta placed Soroka (Achilles) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Satisfied with Tuesday's outing
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
March 31, 2021
Soroka (Achilles) threw two innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League finale and was happy with the results, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. "It was kind of nice that I got into trouble a little bit," Soroka said. "I had to get out there and keep making pitches just like I would during the season. That's something you don't feel in sim games."
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Game action coming Tuesday
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
March 29, 2021
Soroka (Achilles) will throw an inning or two in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against Boston, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
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