Joakim Soria
Joakim Soria
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Soria brought a closer's pedigree when he signed with Oakland prior to the 2019 season, but the 35-year-old was passed over for the position when Blake Treinen went on the injured list in mid-June. Nonetheless, Soria filled a key role as a setup man, leading the team with 21 holds. Though his 4.30 ERA was the worst of his career, Soria's 3.61 FIP and 1.03 WHIP suggest that he performed significantly better than the inflated ERA implies. The right-hander posted solid strikeout numbers (28.4 K%) while demonstrating above-average control (7.2 BB%), resulting in a 3.95 K/BB that ranked in the top 25 among qualified American League relievers. Soria's fastball velocity has held steady with age, and he should continue to be an important part of Oakland's bullpen next season. However, as long as Liam Hendriks remains the Athletics' closer, Soria's fantasy value is limited to leagues that count holds. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Athletics in December of 2018.
Takes second loss
POakland Athletics
September 15, 2020
Soria (2-2) was charged with the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader Monday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.
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Tasked with preserving a narrow 5-4 lead and potentially serving as a bridge to closer Liam Hendriks in the seven-inning contest, Soria promptly allowed a one-out single to Phillip Ervin and a two-out RBI double to Tim Lopes shortly after entering in the sixth. Three straight walks, the last to Kyle Lewis with the bases loaded, completed the Mariners' comeback and saddled Soria with the loss. The veteran reliever has now sandwiched a pair of two-run appearances around two scoreless outings thus far in September, and he's allowed at least one earned run in three of his last five trips to the mound overall.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Joakim Soria generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-53%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .235 279 65 16 61 9 2 8
Since 2018vs Right .203 339 111 29 61 11 1 6
2020vs Left .136 24 7 2 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .288 62 16 7 15 3 0 1
2019vs Left .230 136 34 7 29 4 1 5
2019vs Right .176 141 44 13 22 2 0 4
2018vs Left .259 119 24 7 29 5 1 3
2018vs Right .194 136 51 9 24 6 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-22%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.38 0.94 80.0 3 2 8 11.5 1.9 0.9
Since 2018Away 4.04 1.33 69.0 4 8 11 9.8 3.7 0.8
2020Home 2.31 0.94 11.2 0 0 2 11.6 1.5 0.8
2020Away 4.70 2.09 7.2 2 2 0 9.4 8.2 0.0
2019Home 3.57 0.92 40.1 1 2 1 11.6 2.7 0.9
2019Away 5.34 1.19 28.2 1 2 0 8.5 2.5 1.6
2018Home 3.54 0.96 28.0 2 0 5 11.3 1.0 1.0
2018Away 2.76 1.29 32.2 1 4 11 11.0 3.6 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Joakim Soria compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.56
 
K/9
10.7
 
BB/9
4.2
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
3.26
 
WHIP
1.40
 
BABIP
.350
 
GB/FB
0.58
 
Left On Base
74.2%
 
Exit Velocity
79.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.0%
 
Spin Rate
2287 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
15.5%
 
Swinging Strike
11.4%
 
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As a veteran hand in an inexperienced White Sox bullpen, Soria headed into 2018 with the hopes of being the team's primary closer. He performed fairly well, converting 16 of 19 save opportunities and producing a 2.56 ERA with the South Siders as part of manager Rick Renteria's closing committee. Soria's stock took a hit when he was dealt to the Brewers at the trade deadline, not because his performance declined, but because he didn't sniff the ninth inning the rest of the season. He continues to put up good strikeout and walk numbers (75:16 K:BB in 60.2 innings) and his fastball hasn't lost any velocity with age. Additionally, his 2.40 FIP suggests he could've posted better numbers with a little more luck. He inked a two-year deal with Oakland, where he will be limited to setup duty behind Blake Treinen. Even if Treinen gets hurt, it's not a lock that the A's would give Soria the ninth inning over fellow ex-closer Fernando Rodney.
Despite being 33 years old, Soria continues to produce. He missed some time with an oblique injury and amassed seven blown saves, but he was lights out for much of the season. His 3.70 ERA is lofty at first glance, but he ran into an enormous amount of bad luck. Batters produced a .338 BABIP off him, the highest mark of Soria's career. The veteran posted a 10.3 K/9 (his best mark since 2013), procured 20 holds and allowed just one home run all season, leaving indicators much better than his actual ERA (2.23 FIP, 3.08 xFIP). Between his strong peripherals and another uptick in average velocity last season, Soria seems to be aging like a fine wine. He was traded to the White Sox this winter, and appears poised to open the year as their closer, although they will likely attempt to flip him this summer. Still, barring further offseason moves to solidify their bullpen, Soria could net 20-plus saves at a very affordable price tag in drafts.
Soria's velocity ticked up again in 2016, this time to a career-high 92.5 mph, but that was about the only good news for the veteran. He finished the season with career highs in ERA (4.05), FIP (4.36) and WHIP (1.46), and he needed extra rest between appearances as the season winded down. The Royals continued to use him in a setup role despite his struggles. A three-year deal signed before the 2016 season means Soria probably isn't going anywhere soon, but it's hard to see him getting regular save opportunities as long as Kelvin Herrera is healthy. Soria is also on the wrong side of 30 and has undergone two Tommy John surgeries, so he's a major injury risk as well.
Soria’s 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 didn’t show the type of dominance with Pittsburgh that he displayed for many seasons in the American League. The 32-year-old registered 24 saves (23 with Detroit) but was also charged with six blown saves. Despite some bumps, Soria earned a three-year deal in free agency to return to Kansas City where he began his MLB career in 2007. With Wade Davis seemingly cementing himself in the closer role on the run to the World Series, Soria seems likely to pitch in the eighth inning to begin the year.
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 didn’t 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. He’s 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 he’s also worth a stash if you’re 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 league’s 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 bullpen’s 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 can’t 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.
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Bounces back from pair of stumbles
POakland Athletics
September 10, 2020
Soria fired a clean eighth inning in a win over the Astros on Wednesday after surrendering three earned runs across two innings in his prior two outings.
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Tagged with loss Monday
POakland Athletics
August 18, 2020
Soria (2-1) was tagged with the loss Monday against Arizona. He allowed one run on one hit with no strikeouts or walks in his one inning of work.
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Earns win in relief
POakland Athletics
August 15, 2020
Soria (2-0) earned the win in relief Friday against the Giants after pitching a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and one walk.
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Records five-out save
POakland Athletics
August 5, 2020
Soria was perfect over 1.2 innings, striking out three batters and earning the save in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Rangers.
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Picks up first save
POakland Athletics
July 27, 2020
Soria gave up two hits while striking out two across a scoreless ninth inning Monday to pick up the save against the Angels.
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