Mike Soroka
Mike Soroka
22-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in May of 2018.
Tosses BP session
PAtlanta Braves
July 4, 2020
Soroka threw a live batting practice session Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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The team will begin intrasquad scrimmages next week, but until then sessions like this will have to make do for the pitching staff. Soroka is likely to be among the Atlanta arms on limited pitch counts to begin the season, but his control and ability to generate weak contact could allow him to last five innings and qualify for wins even if he isn't ready for a full workload.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
86
Last 10 Games
89
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does Mike Soroka generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Mike Soroka generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .277 357 57 23 91 15 0 9
Since 2017vs Right .218 457 106 25 92 16 2 6
2019vs Left .282 300 44 19 78 11 0 9
2019vs Right .203 401 98 22 75 10 2 5
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
 
 
-55%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-63%
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 4.07 1.29 86.1 7 4 0 7.4 2.3 0.9
Since 2017Away 1.82 1.05 114.0 8 1 0 7.3 2.1 0.5
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
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 2019 data (min 120 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
3.46
 
K/9
7.3
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
2.68
 
WHIP
1.11
 
BABIP
.284
 
GB/FB
2.30
 
Left On Base
79.4%
 
Exit Velocity
88.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2307 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.4%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Likely limited to begin season
PAtlanta Braves
June 24, 2020
General manager Alex Anthopolous said Wednesday that the Braves will be cautious with their starters, limiting them to 2-4 innings their first couple times through the rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Gets to face hitters
PAtlanta Braves
May 16, 2020
Soroka, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb were all able to pitch against live hitters this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Strong outing against Astros
PAtlanta Braves
March 11, 2020
Soroka allowed one hit and three walks over four scoreless innings in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Astros. He struck out two.
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Sharp in spring debut
PAtlanta Braves
February 29, 2020
Soroka tossed two scoreless innings Friday in his Grapefruit League debut, allowing three hits and striking out three, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Confirmed as Friday's starter
PAtlanta Braves
February 28, 2020
Soroka (groin) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's split-squad matchup with the Yankees, according to 680 The Fan Atlanta.
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