The Braves officially purchased the contract of pitcher Mike Soroka, who will make his first MLB start Tuesday night against the Mets.
The #Braves today selected the contract of RHP Mike Soroka (@Mike_Soroka28) from Triple-A Gwinnett. Soroka, who went 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season, will wear No. 40 and start tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/MzshN8Q1ja
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 1, 2018
This comes just days after top prospect, Ronald Acuna, made his debut in Cincinnati. Soroka has been a rising prospect ever since being drafted in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft. He made four starts this season for the Triple-A Gwinnett, going 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA. He finished 2017 with an 11-8 record and 2.75 ERA in AA ball.
Soroka is currently ranked as the fifth-best prospect according to our SportsTalkATL prospect list, though his early season performance makes an easy argument to leapfrog Kolby Allard and Luiz Gohara on the list. The Canadien is just an incredible “pitcher” in the purest form. He has incredible demeanor for his age and hits his spots. He does not have “stuff” like a Mike Foltynewicz or a Sean Newcomb but maximizes what he does possess every time he hits the mound.
The addition of Soroka to the roster gives the Braves the three youngest players in all of baseball on their roster.
Ronald Acuña Jr – 20 years, 134 days old
Mike Soroka – 20 years, 270 days old
Ozzie Albies – 21 years, 114 days old
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) May 1, 2018
The other two, Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna, have gotten off to hot starts in their early major league careers. Hopefully, Soroka can follow in their footsteps tonight. He is by far the safest pitching prospect the Braves have, but he still has unlimited potential. The Braves need a front-line starter to propel them to the level of play they seek, and Soroka could be that guy.