Michael Soroka Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/4/1997 (26)
Michael Soroka Season Stats
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Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Soroka (forearm) said that he has resumed throwing this offseason and "feels great." Despite finishing the 2023 campaign on the 60-day injured list with right-forearm inflammation, the White Sox acquired him from the Atlanta Braves as part of a package that sent left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer to Atlanta. The 26-year-old Canadian came in second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2019 when he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, but he started only three games in 2020 and missed all of 2021 and 2022 after tearing his Achilles twice. Soroka was a worthwhile starting pitching flier for the rebuilding White Sox, and he should be in play to open the 2024 season in the team's starting rotation as long as he can avoid any setbacks this winter.
The Chicago White Sox pulled off a trade on Thursday night, landing right-hander Michael Soroka (forearm), left-hander Jared Shuster, infielders Nicky Lopez and Braden Shewmake and minor-league right-hander Riley Gowens from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer. Soroka was an All-Star in 2019 when he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.11 WHIP but two torn Achilles limited him to 13 2/3 innings over three starts from 2020 to 2022. In his return in 2023, he had a rough 6.40 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings before being shut down with right-forearm inflammation in September. Soroka is still only 26, though, so the White Sox will hope better health will allow him to get back to his 2019 form. Shuster, 25, made his big-league debut this year and had a 5.81 ERA (5.38 FIP), 1.50 WHIP, 26 walks and 30 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings (11 starts).
Atlanta Braves right-hander Michael Soroka (forearm), who was placed on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with right-forearm inflammation, will be shut down for the remainder of the year. However, the inflammation in his arm was the only thing that tests showed, which should be taken as a positive for the oft-injured pitcher. The absence of structural damage should mean the 26-year-old will be ready for the start of spring training next year. Soroka's first big-league season since 2020 didn't go as hoped, as he posted a bloated 6.40 ERA (6.57 FIP), 1.48 WHIP, 12 walks and 29 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings pitched over just seven outings (six starts). He was better at Triple-A Gwinnett, going 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 28 walks and 92 K's in 87 innings over 17 starts.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka's 2020 season lasted just three starts after suffering a torn Achilles in August. Although the Braves have yet to provide a timetable for his return, Soroka did begin throwing again in early January, so he should at least be able to partake in some sort of spring training. Opening Day will be eight months after his injury, so even if Soroka isn't ready for the first game of the season, he shouldn't be far off. When Soroka is back on the mound, he will slot into an impressive rotation and will look to get back to the 2019 version of himself when he put up a 13-4 record over 29 starts and 174.2 innings with a 2.68 ERA and 1.111 WHIP in his first full season in the majors. The underlying numbers did raise some concerns over Soroka's ability to repeat that, as he also had a 4.28 SIERA and 3.85 xFIP. Soroka will likely continue that trend given his propensity to induce lots of weak contact rather than miss bats, as his career 19.6% strikeout rate has translated into 171 strikeouts in 214 innings. Soroka's current ADP is around 170, and even though a lack of strikeouts will limit his upside, the Braves offense will help him accumulate wins and his ERA and WHIP will be useful, providing draft value even if he misses the first month of the season. Just monitor his injury progress this spring.