Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
60-Day IL
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 7/1/2022
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
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$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Braves in February of 2021.
Surgery deemed successful
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
July 10, 2021
Soroka underwent surgery on his Achilles tendon this week that Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said was successful, McClain Baxley of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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The right-hander first tore the tendon last August, but his initial rehab process went far from smoothly as he dealt with a sore shoulder before needing a cleanup procedure on the tendon in mid-May and then tearing it again June 24. Having undergone three surgeries on his Achilles in less than a year, it's impossible to predict what the timeline for Soroka's recovery will be, both because of the risk of further issues and the fact that the team will be extra cautious with him.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-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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Requires season-ending surgery
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
June 26, 2021
Soroka suffered a complete re-tear of his Achilles tendon Thursday and will require season-ending surgery.
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Achilles fully healed
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
June 18, 2021
Soroka is still wearing a protective boot following a second procedure on his Achilles tendon in late May, but he has resumed throwing exercises and the tendon itself is fully healed, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Could return in late August
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
June 14, 2021
GM Alex Anthopoulos said the team is "optimistic" Soroka (Achilles) could be activated from the injured list by late August, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports.
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Not yet officially done for year
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
May 28, 2021
Soroka (Achilles) will be reevaluated in two weeks and hasn't officially been ruled out for the year, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Done for season
PAtlanta Braves
Achilles
May 28, 2021
Soroka will miss the remainder of the season while recovering from the Achilles procedure he underwent in mid May, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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