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Monday, January 27, 2020

Articles tagged: Mike Soroka

Freddie Freeman thinks Mike Soroka deserves Cy Young consideration

Mike Soroka is quietly having an elite season for the Atlanta Braves, and one of his teammates thinks that he should be recognized as such.

Speaking with reporters on Sunday after Soroka pitched seven shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman was asked about the 21-year-old’s candidacy for NL Rookie of the Year.

“Who cares about the Rookie of the Year? I think he’s right in it for Cy Young,” Freeman replied, per David O’Brien of The Athletic. “10-1 with a 2 [ERA], what else do you have to do? He’s pretty special. For him to only be 21 and doing that, that’s what makes it even more special.”

While this could just be a case of teammates hyping each other up, Soroka’s numbers don’t lie. Sunday’s gem improved him to 10-1 on the season with a sparkling 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts through 16 starts. The right-hander was also named to this year’s NL All-Star team.

Soroka does have some rather formidable competition for Cy Young honors in the NL, particularly, Los Angeles Dodgers star Hyun-Jin Ryu and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer. But when you consider that Soroka is right in the conversation as a rookie (in an excellent first-year class no less), it makes for quite an impressive year that he is having.

Braves’ Mike Soroka removed as precaution after getting hit by pitch

One of the game’s leading young pitchers gave his team quite a scare on Sunday after leaving due to a hit by pitch.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka left Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals after being hit on the arm with a pitch while batting. The Braves said Soroka departed for precautionary reasons.

The 21-year-old Canadian has been a revelation for Atlanta this season, posting a 2.12 ERA in his first 12 starts and comfortably serving as the team’s best pitcher. Luckily, at least based on initial word, the injury he suffered Sunday does not appear serious.

10 MLB rookies having a big impact this season

Chris Paddack

Each MLB season brings a new crop of rookies to excite and intrigue fans across the sport. Some are highly-touted, while others are further off the radar and may even be journeymen. Even those who have completely conquered the minor leagues can have some initial trouble adapting to the highest level of competition, so rookies that do storm out of the gates successfully deserve plenty of plaudits.

Here are ten players with rookie status in 2019 who are having a big impact so far this season.

10. Christian Walker, 1B, Diamondbacks

Walker retains his rookie status, but he had MLB experience before 2019. In parts of four seasons dating all the way back to 2014, he had hit just .170 in several brief stints. In 2019 with Arizona, things have been completely different. The first baseman has been a surprising power source for the Diamondbacks, sitting among the team leaders in home runs well into May while hitting just shy of .300 and drawing plenty of walks. Not bad for a 28-year-old rookie.