Taken out of the high school ranks of Calgary in the first round of the 2015 Draft, Soroka used his combination of size, stuff and uncanny command to get to the big leagues less than three years after being drafted. He looked like he was cementing his place in the Braves rotation when he went down in June with a shoulder issue. While he didn't return to competitive action, he was throwing at full strength in the fall and will be ready to go full-throttle in 2019.
Soroka typically throws his heavy sinking fastball in the 93-94 mph range. Though he can reach back for more, he's more than happy to pitch to contact early in counts and get groundball outs. He can alter how he throws his breaking ball, making it look like a sharp slider or more of a power curve when he wants to. His changeup has improved as well and gives him three at least above-average pitches, all of which he uses to fill the strike zone consistently.
Still only 21 years old, Soroka is just about ready to jump off of prospect lists. Assuming health, he should have every chance to make a big impact on the Braves rotation in 2019. Seeing him plant himself as the No. 3 on that talented staff is close to becoming a reality.
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Atlanta Braves recalled RHP Mike Soroka from Gwinnett Stripers.
Atlanta Braves optioned RHP Mike Soroka to Gwinnett Stripers.
Mike Soroka roster status changed by Atlanta Braves.
Atlanta Braves transferred RHP Mike Soroka from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right shoulder inflammation.
Atlanta Braves placed RHP Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 20, 2018. Right shoulder inflammation.
Atlanta Braves activated RHP Mike Soroka from the 10-day disabled list.
Atlanta Braves sent RHP Mike Soroka on a rehab assignment to Gwinnett Stripers.
Atlanta Braves sent RHP Mike Soroka on a rehab assignment to Rome Braves.
Atlanta Braves placed RHP Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 14, 2018. Right shoulder strain.
Atlanta Braves selected the contract of RHP Mike Soroka from Gwinnett Stripers.
RHP Mike Soroka assigned to Gwinnett Stripers.
Atlanta Braves invited non-roster RHP Mike Soroka to spring training.
RHP Mike Soroka assigned to Mississippi Braves from Rome Braves.
RHP Mike Soroka assigned to Rome Braves from GCL Braves.
RHP Mike Soroka assigned to GCL Braves from Danville Braves.
RHP Mike Soroka assigned to Danville Braves from GCL Braves.
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