Braves: Mike Soroka impresses in Spring Training debut

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The stat line might not move most. Mike Soroka completed just 1.1 innings and allowed two runs with a strikeout in his Spring Training debut. But overall, he passed with flying colors.

Soroka finished the afternoon after 36 pitches, which is about where I expected him in his first appearance of the year. The two runs he allowed were not really his fault. The first one was unearned after Ehire Adrianza botched a ball at second base to lead off the opening inning. The second one came as a result of a quality hit-and-run by the Tigers, who placed a weakly hit ground ball through the right side. Had the runner not been going, it likely would have been a double play.

Soroka finishing his outing healthy is already a win, but I thought he looked great for a pitcher that has barely thrown in three years. His velocity touched 96, and he had this nice strikeout with a slider. He also had a fantastic defensive play, which I’m sure had the stomachs of everybody in Braves Country turning.

Soroka’s control was a little off, but that’s to be expected. Overall, I was very impressed. He still has the makings of being a dominant major-league pitcher, perhaps even better than he was before, as long as he can stay healthy.

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