Michael Soroka

Michael Soroka

26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Soroka broke out with Atlanta in 2019 when he was an All-Star and the runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year, but injuries have wiped out the better part of the last four seasons. He tore his right Achilles in August of 2020 and suffered a complete re-tear of the same tendon less than a year later. While the right-hander was expected to be a full go last spring, he went down early with a hamstring injury and ended the season on the injured list with forearm inflammation, making only seven appearances (six starts) for the major-league club in between and struggling to a 6.40 ERA. His numbers at Triple-A Gwinnett were highly respectable (3.41 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), but regardless Atlanta decided to move on in the offseason, trading Soroka to the White Sox in the Aaron Bummer deal. Still just 26 years old, Soroka will attempt to stay healthy and revitalize his career, perhaps as a member of the starting rotation. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the White Sox in January of 2024.
Likely staying in bullpen
PChicago White Sox
May 20, 2024
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol indicated Monday that Soroka is likely to stay in the bullpen rather than take the rotation spot vacated by Brad Keller, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Soroka threw four scoreless innings in relief of Keller on Saturday, but it sounds like he'll remain in a relief role for now after struggling mightily as a starter earlier this season (6.39 ERA). Nick Nastrini and Jonathan Cannon would seem to be candidates to fill Keller's role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
69
Last 10 Games
59
Last 5 Games
43
How many pitches does Michael Soroka generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Michael Soroka generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .254 215 42 26 47 8 3 11
Since 2022vs Right .257 200 36 22 44 7 1 10
2024vs Left .257 136 26 21 29 3 3 6
2024vs Right .226 134 23 15 26 4 1 6
2023vs Left .250 79 16 5 18 5 0 5
2023vs Right .321 66 13 7 18 3 0 4
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
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-8%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 6.62 1.47 35.1 1 4 0 8.7 3.8 2.5
Since 2022Away 5.68 1.53 57.0 1 5 0 6.9 5.2 1.7
2024Home 6.17 1.63 23.1 0 3 0 6.9 5.4 1.9
2024Away 5.65 1.45 36.2 0 4 0 7.6 5.4 1.7
2023Home 7.50 1.17 12.0 1 1 0 12.0 0.8 3.8
2023Away 5.75 1.67 20.1 1 1 0 5.8 4.9 1.8
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Michael Soroka compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.36
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
5.85
 
WHIP
1.52
 
BABIP
.263
 
GB/FB
1.36
 
Left On Base
63.3%
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
2480 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.8%
 
Swinging Strike
8.0%
 
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Likely to be non-tendered
PAtlanta Braves
November 16, 2023
Mark Bowman of MLB.com believes Atlanta will non-tender Soroka ahead of Friday's roster deadline after he finished the season on the injured list with a forearm injury.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander finally had a decent season health-wise in 2023 with 119.1 innings between Triple-A and the majors, but the forearm injury sidelined him for the final few weeks of the campaign. Soroka saw his first big-league action since 2020 but struggled with a 6.40 ERA over 32.1 innings, which combined with the latest injury could prompt Atlanta to non-tender him or seek a trade.
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Soroka saw game action in 2022 for the first time in two years after he recovered from a pair of Achilles tears, but he made only five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett after he was activated from the IL before being shut down with elbow soreness. Soroka was a borderline ace for Atlanta in 2019 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 142:41 K:BB across 174.2 innings, but the past few years have been one setback after another with injuries. Even if he stays healthy in 2023, Soroka is likely to have significant workload restrictions with only 38.2 innings pitched across the last three seasons, and Atlanta likely isn't counting on him to be a reliable rotation piece.
Soroka was a 2019 success story, winning 13 games in the majors as a 21-year old, but he saw his 2020 season end in his third start when his Achilles' tendon tore as he bounced off the mound to field a bunt. Sadly, 13 months into his rehab, he completely tore it again doing something as simple as walking through the Atlanta clubhouse in late June. The second surgery used a graft from his hamstring for sutures, so hopefully this one will hold. That said, his best chance at pitching in 2022 is if Atlanta once again makes it deep into the postseason.
Heading into the 2020 season, the opinions on Soroka varied widely. Many admired his ability to command the strike zone with pinpoint control to make his rather average velocity play up in the eyes of the hitters. Others worried about his lack of swing-and-miss when he had to pitch in the zone and wondered if he had enough strikeouts in him to play up in shallow league formats. There were also workload concerns with his young age. Most of the questions were not answered as Soroka's season ended after his 199th pitch of the season when he tore his Achilles' tendon attempting to complete a fielding play. Prior to that unfortunate incident, the command was not the same and the fears concerning the lack of swing-and-miss were looking justified. Reports have him ready to resume pitching on time in 2021, and it is up to Soroka to prove his doubters wrong and show there is more to pitching than velocity.
A shoulder issue kept Soroka from breaking camp with the big club and mostly killed the sleeper buzz he had been generating last spring, but that only made him a major bargain for those that nabbed him at a reduced price. After proving his health with a couple starts at Triple-A, Soroka joined the Atlanta rotation in mid-April and established himself as the majors' best rookie pitcher. The 22-year-old erased any durability concerns by making 29 starts, and he showed no signs of wearing down either, delivering a 2.95 ERA and 1.17 WHIP after the All-Star break while keeping his K-BB% in line with his first-half rate. More of a command/control specialist than a power pitcher, Soroka lacks the strikeout upside of the game's elite arms, but his ability to limit walks and generate weak contact gives him a high floor in the ratio categories. He's a worthy No. 2 or 3 starter for any fantasy pitching staff.
Soroka was called up at 20 years old to make his big-league debut May 1 after just four starts at Triple-A, but a season that should have served as his coming out party was largely marred by shoulder issues. He landed on the DL in mid May with a strain and came back to make two big-league starts in mid June before getting shut down for the season with rotator cuff inflammation. There were reportedly no tears or structural damage, but it is concerning that he missed more than three months, with his manager saying in late August that Soroka pitching in the instructional league would be a "best-case" scenario. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty had proven extremely durable prior to 2018, and has No. 2 starter upside, offering potentially stellar ratios. Still the Braves' best pitching prospect, Soroka could break camp in the big-league rotation if he impresses in spring training, but if he is a little rusty, they won't hesitate to send him back to Triple-A.
It is typically unwise to target pitching prospects with the "high floor" tag, but Soroka might be the exception. It is rare for a teenage starter to skip High-A and go straight from Low-A to Double-A, but he made it look easy. The 6-foot-5 righty finished second in the Southern League in ERA (2.75) and sixth in K-BB% (14.5 percent). He might be the best pitcher in the minors at changing hitters' eye levels with his low-90s fastball, which helps it play up as a plus offering. His slider isn't a traditional wipeout pitch, but he can manipulate the speed and shape to keep hitters off balance. Soroka's changeup is his clear third pitch, and he will need to continue to refine the offering in order to neutralize lefties. He has had success pounding the zone, boasting a career 1.9 BB/9 and 2.91 ERA. His pitchability is extremely advanced for his age -- so advanced that he could find success in the Braves' rotation this year before he turns 21 in early August.
Soroka finally allowed a home run in his second pro season. In fact, he allowed three, leaving him with a career rate of one home run per 59 innings. He also has a career 1.13 WHIP after completing a full season in the Sally League, logging 110.2 of his 143 innings before his 19th birthday. The ability to command three pitches while demonstrating advanced pitchability is a rare skill set for anyone in their first year in a full-season league. It is especially rare when it is a pitcher who stands 6-foot-4 with plus stuff who is showing that kind of advanced feel. Soroka was almost four years younger than the average hitter he faced in 2016 -- a trend that will continue as he moves up the ranks, beginning in 2017 in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He can't quite mirror the upside of Kolby Allard, who, like Soroka, was popped by the Braves in the first round of the 2015 draft, but few pitchers in the lower levels can match Soroka's floor as a future No. 3/4 starter.
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Moving to bullpen
PChicago White Sox
May 14, 2024
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said Tuesday that Soroka will move to the team's bullpen, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
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Falls to 0-5
PChicago White Sox
May 12, 2024
Soroka (0-5) yielded five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk over 5.1 innings Sunday, striking out four and taking a loss against Cleveland.
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Remains winless
PChicago White Sox
May 8, 2024
Soroka (0-4) took the loss Tuesday against the Rays, giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks over five innings as the White Sox fell 5-1. He struck out four.
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Fans three in no-decision
PChicago White Sox
May 1, 2024
Soroka allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three batters across 4.1 innings during Tuesday's 6-5 loss to Minnesota. He did not factor into the decision.
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Allows two runs in no-decision
PChicago White Sox
April 26, 2024
Soroka did not factor into the decision against the Twins on Thursday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one over five innings.
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