Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
22-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.
Another no-decision despite QS
PAtlanta Braves
August 16, 2019
Soroka didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over 6.2 innings while striking out four.
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The young right-hander wasn't at his best, tossing only 55 of 95 pitches for strikes, and he needed some timely double plays to escape jams, but Soroka still exited the game in line for his first win since July 14 before Sean Newcomb blew the lead after replacing him in the seventh inning. Soroka will take a 2.41 ERA and 107:33 K:BB through 134.2 innings into his next start Thursday, at home against the Marlins.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .273 288 47 17 73 12 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .215 367 81 23 72 13 1 3
2019vs Left .279 231 34 13 60 8 0 6
2019vs Right .194 311 73 20 55 7 1 2
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
 
 
-58%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-68%
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 3.98 1.36 63.1 5 3 0 6.8 2.7 0.6
Since 2017Away 1.67 1.02 97.0 7 0 0 7.4 1.9 0.5
2019Home 4.08 1.40 53.0 4 2 0 7.0 2.5 0.7
2019Away 1.32 0.91 81.2 6 0 0 7.3 2.0 0.4
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 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
3.24
 
K/9
7.2
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
2.41
 
WHIP
1.10
 
BABIP
.282
 
GB/FB
2.48
 
Left On Base
79.3%
 
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.2%
 
Spin Rate
2307 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.1%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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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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Club eyeing workload
PAtlanta Braves
August 12, 2019
Soroka could have his workload reduced down the stretch, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Fires seven scoreless frames
PAtlanta Braves
August 10, 2019
Soroka gave up three hits and one walk over seven scoreless frames in a 7-6 loss at Miami on Saturday. He struck out six but but didn't factor in the decision.
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Goes seven innings in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves
August 5, 2019
Soroka threw seven innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Monday, giving up three earned runs on six hits, striking out three and walking one as the Braves lost 5-3.
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Settles for no-decision
PAtlanta Braves
July 31, 2019
Soroka allowed one run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts across seven innings during a no-decision against the Nationals on Wednesday.
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Delivers ho-hum outing
PAtlanta Braves
July 26, 2019
Soroka allowed one run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five over 4.2 innings Friday night against the Phillies. He didn't factor into the decision.
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