Though Sean Newcomb once again dazzled in his 2nd straight start, Mike Soroka has been sizzling in his last 3 starts with Double-A Mississippi. Coming into the 2017 season, Soroka was already regarded as a Top 10 Braves prospect according to MLB.com and has solidified himself as a possible top 5 guy by season’s end. Along with fellow 2015 1st rounder, Kolby Allard, the 19 year old Canadian has been nothing short of stellar this season down in Double-A. He has also proved Atlanta’s front office right as they aggressively promoted Soroka after a great year at High-A Rome last season, which was his 1st full season of pro ball.
Through Soroka’s last 3 starts, he has gone a combined 2-0, posting a 2.47 ERA, an 18/1 K/BB ratio, an incredible 0.98 WHIP, and has been a workhorse pitching 22 innings. It is clear to see why this 19-year old was named to the 2017 Southern League All-Star Team. Soroka pitches low in the zone and for strikes, all the while mixing in his off speed offerings here and there. This strategy is paying off as he has only given up 1 walk in his last 3 starts and just 16 walks in 76.2 innings pitched this season. He’s doing his job and not straying away from his effective pitching strategy as he is inducing ground balls at a 47.8% clip. That’s almost half the time he gets contact it is soft grounders that stay in the infield that his defense can make the easy, routine plays on, which is an infielder’s dream.
Going forward for Soroka, look for some regression statistically, as it is hard at any level of pro baseball to keep these numbers up. In the future, expect Soroka to become a top to mid rotation option that is an absolute workhorse on the mound. If all goes well for the young righty, look to see him potentially develop into a poor man’s Greg Maddux.
*stats according to milb.com and fangraphs.com