Mike Soroka

Age 23 SP
  • Born 08/03/1997
  • Bats R
  • Team: Atlanta Braves
2019 Statistics
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12.3% Thrown 81.2 MPH 29.7 CSW%
19.4% Thrown 93.0 MPH 24.9 CSW%
44.1% Thrown 92.2 MPH 25.1 CSW%
24.2% Thrown 83.2 MPH 35.1 CSW%

Soroka’s best whiff pitch at 39.1%, the changeup was an excellent weapon for him this past season as it hit the zone 39.9% while also earning chases at a 37.8% clip. So it was just barely short of a money pitch. The changeup features excellent fade away from lefties and held opposing hitters to a meager .246 xwOBA.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Soroka actually throws his sinker quite a bit at just under 45%. The four-seam variety of his fastball he used just over 12% this past year and sat just under 93 mph. Unlike his sinker, Soroka is more apt to use the four-seamer up in the zone. It’s not a great swing and miss pitch returning a very modest 7.1% swinging K rate. And like you might’ve guessed, it wasn’t nearly as good of a groundball pitch as the sinker with an average launch angle allowed of 19 (the sinker was a true bowling ball with an ALA of -1). Still, it returned a comparatively modest xwOBA of .311 (The sinker allowed an xwOBA of .346).

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Soroka has a filthy 92.3 mph sinker that he threw 44.6% of the time in 2019. Generating a sensational 63.5% ground ball rate, it was the third-ranked sinker in baseball with a 15.2 pVAL.

GIF made by NP. Blurb written by Benjamin Haller

The slider wasn’t quite as prolific as his changeup at garnering swings and misses with a 15.9% swinging K rate and 38.5% whiff rate (the change was at 22.4% and 39.1% respectively). Still, it was a very effective pitch last year as it managed a 39% zone rate to go along with a 34.7% chase rate. Soroka’s slider features above-average drop and he did a great job commanding the pitch down and away to opposing RHB.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore
39.5% Thrown 92.6 MPH
28.4% Thrown 92.6 MPH
22.7% Thrown 85.3 MPH
9.4% Thrown 82.2 MPH

Soroka’s most popular pitch at 39.5% (compared to the straight four-seamer at 28.4%). It had a 20.8% whiff rate while limiting hitters to a .294 wOBA and .256 batting average and 0 average launch angle.

Soroka’s fastball averaged a fairly modest 92.6 mph while topping out at 94.9 mph. It had a 16.7% whiff rate and allowed a loud .397 wOBA and .375 batting average against opposing hitters across a brief 115-pitch sample.

Soroka’s slider showed a fairly pedestrian whiff rate at 22.7% (11.4% swinging-K rate), but he showed very good command of the pitch with a 44.3% zone rate across his brief 2018 stint (25.2 IP). The slider had above-average horizontal movement at 7 inches away from a right-hander (average is six inches) and above-average drop at 41 inches (average was 37 inches of drop).

Soroka’s changeup was a distant fourth pitch for him as he threw it just under 10% of the time. At 82.2 mph it has great velocity differential off his fastball which sits at around 92 mph. Almost all of his changeups (33/38) were thrown to lefties. It showed slightly below-average horizontal movement and drop.

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