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.
Whiffs seven in win
PAtlanta Braves
May 20, 2019
Soroka (5-1) fired eight innings Monday, allowing a run on two hits while taking the win over the Giants. He yielded a homer and struck out seven.
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Aside from Brandon Crawford's solo shot in the sixth inning, Soroka absolutely dominated the Giants' lineup. His eight-inning outing was a career high, but oddly enough, his season ERA actually went up after Monday. The 21-year-old rookie is sporting a 1.01 ERA and 41:14 K:BB across 44.2 frames. Soroka will take the mound in St. Louis on Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .221 127 30 11 25 6 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .203 166 32 10 30 7 1 1
2019vs Left .197 70 17 7 12 2 0 1
2019vs Right .135 110 24 7 13 1 1 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
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 1.91 1.02 28.1 3 2 0 7.6 3.2 0.0
Since 2017Away 1.93 1.12 42.0 4 0 0 8.1 2.4 0.4
2019Home 1.00 0.94 18.0 2 1 0 8.5 3.0 0.0
2019Away 1.01 0.83 26.2 3 0 0 8.1 2.7 0.3
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
2.93
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.2
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
1.01
 
WHIP
0.87
 
BABIP
.220
 
GB/FB
2.72
 
Strand %
89.5%
 
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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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Shuts down Cards for fourth win
PAtlanta Braves
May 15, 2019
Soroka (4-1) picked up the win in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Cardinals, giving up three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out three.
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No-decision against Diamondbacks
PAtlanta Braves
May 9, 2019
Soroka didn't factor into the decision against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, giving up one earned run on four hits over six innings, striking out four and walking three as the Braves fell 3-2 in 10 innings.
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Delivers seven strong innings
PAtlanta Braves
May 4, 2019
Soroka (3-1) earned the win against the Marlins on Saturday by allowing two unearned runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked two.
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Twirls a gem in win
PAtlanta Braves
April 29, 2019
Soroka (2-1) gave up one run on four hits with one walk while striking out eight through six innings to earn the win over the Padres on Monday.
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Fans seven in first win
PAtlanta Braves
April 24, 2019
Soroka (1-1) picked up the win Wednesday, allowing one run on five hits and three walks over 5.2 innings while striking out seven in a 3-1 victory over the Reds.
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