Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
21-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
Injury Forearm
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.
On track to start Friday
PAtlanta Braves
June 26, 2019
Soroka (forearm) is expected to start Friday against the Mets, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Soroka was struck by a comebacker during his last start, but he felt good during a bullpen session Wednesday, putting the right-hander on track to start Friday's series opener in New York. In 13 starts this season, Soroka owns a shiny 2.07 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 63:19 K:BB in 78.1 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .247 179 35 13 40 8 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .208 248 49 13 47 10 1 2
2019vs Left .245 122 22 9 27 4 0 2
2019vs Right .172 192 41 10 30 4 1 1
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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Since 2017Home 3.33 1.17 46.0 5 2 0 6.7 2.3 0.4
Since 2017Away 1.71 1.02 58.0 5 0 0 7.8 2.2 0.3
2019Home 3.28 1.18 35.2 4 1 0 6.8 2.0 0.5
2019Away 1.05 0.80 42.2 4 0 0 7.6 2.3 0.2
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 40 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.
    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.
92.7 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
Spin Rate
2305 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Next start still undecided
PAtlanta Braves
June 25, 2019
Soroka (forearm) felt lingering tightness after playing catch Tuesday, so the Braves don't yet know if he'll start against the Mets over the weekend, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Next start could be pushed back
PAtlanta Braves
June 25, 2019
Soroka (forearm) will begin throwing again Tuesday, after which Atlanta will make a determination whether he'll be ready for his next scheduled start Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. "You feel good about it and all of that, but until he launches a ball, we're not going to know for sure," manager Brian Snitker said Monday.
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X-rays come back clean
PAtlanta Braves
June 23, 2019
X-rays on Soroka's forearm came back negative, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
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Exits after HBP
PAtlanta Braves
June 23, 2019
Soroka was removed from Sunday's game against the Nationals after being hit by a pitch on the right forearm.
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Yields three runs in win
PAtlanta Braves
June 17, 2019
Soroka (8-1) allowed three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk across six innings while earning a victory against the Mets on Monday.
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