Prospect Profile: Mike Soroka

Posted on Aug 18 2015 - 12:26pm by Harrison Coburn

So far, the 2015 Braves draft class is looking great on paper. The team drafted a power hitter with a ton of upside in Austin Riley, and it looks like they acquired two frontline starters in Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka, both of whom were first round picks. Soroka wasn’t necessarily a guy that many expected to go in the first round, but the Canadien has proven his worth in a short time with the team. The right hander has an ideal pitcher’s build at 6’4″, 195 pounds, and the stuff to back it up as well. He has a low-90’s fastball, however it is known to have a ton of movement. He also works with a curveball and changeup. So far so good for Soroka, who owns a 2.77 ERA in 8 appearances (7 starts). This ERA is also inflated by a rough outing on Monday night, his first appearance in which he gave up over two runs. What’s impressive about Soroka to me is his command. Through 26 innings, he has issued just 4 walks. Hitters are also hitting just .220 off him. That’s incredible. I guess he can thank fellow Canadian and former pitching coach, as well as Atlanta Brave, Chris Reitsma for some of his success. Considering Soroka is just 18 years old, the Braves have a ton of time to groom this kid. Right now we have Soroka ranked 14th on our prospect list, but expect him to fly up the ranks in coming seasons and for him and Kolby Allard to be neck and neck while moving up in the system. While Rookie ball is a small sample size, what I’ve seen out of our draft class has been enough to offer me faith in the new scouting department. The team found a good one in Soroka as they continue to stockpile pitching, and he’s one of the more intriguing arms we have added this season.

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