Atlanta Braves News: The Braves called Michael Soroka up to start the opening game of a series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Then, he was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August.
Soroka has struggled at the major-league level this season as he attempts to rebound from two ruptured Achilles tendons. The Braves are hopeful that the former All-Star has regained some of his form after not pitching since 2020 prior, to this season.
During the month of August, Soroka pitched 26.0 innings for the Stripers with 34 strikeouts and a 2.77 ERA. Soroka allowed just 15 hits and eight walks, good for a stellar 0.88 WHIP. The month was highlighted by a seven-inning, eight-strikeout performance against the Charlotte Knights on August 12th. Soroka has spent most of the season in Gwinnett attempting to work his way back to big-league form.
Coming into the season, I thought Soroka had the potential to return as more of a strikeout pitcher and his numbers in Gwinnett this season have shown that swing-and-miss potential.
In 87 innings pitched he has struck out 92 batters. His season totals have rounded into form in Gwinnett allowing just 0.6 homers per nine innings, 2.9 walks per nine, and 6.7 hits per nine.
The Minor League Pitcher of the Month has struck out 9.5 batters per nine innings in Triple-A. Outside of a couple of 25-30-inning stops, he's never had an extended run with this high of a K-rate.
Hopefully, Soroka can carry this momentum over to the big-league level as the Braves head down the stretch without a reliable fifth starter.
Soroka is one of 16 pitchers to start for Atlanta this season and Kyle Wright made it just 1.2 innings in his last rehab start. If Soroka, is in Award-winning shape, he could be an incredible boost at just the perfect time.