The Atlanta Braves are getting Kyle Wright back today and hope to get Michael Soroka back in the near future. Soroka’s journey back from two ruptured Achilles injuries is well documented, so we won’t document it anymore here.
Soroka made his second start for Gwinnett today and he went 4.0 IP allowing one hit, one run, two walks, and five strikeouts. The Braves rotation appears to be stabilizing with Bryce Elder on a tear since late last season and Kyle Wright’s return, but Soroka hopes to force the Braves’ hand with his performances in Gwinnett.
The five strikeouts continues to make us wonder if Soroka will be more of a strikeout pitcher upon his return to the big leagues. He appears to be bigger and stronger, and so do his pitches. In a recent article we reviewed his first Gwinnett start and revealed that his pitches have more velocity and more spin than ever.
It took Soroka 29 pitches to clear the first inning but he breezed through the next three with only 40 pitches.
Soroka now has eight strikeouts in 7.2 IP for Gwinnett and a 2.35 ERA. It will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out as Soroka surges back into prominence. You can never have too much pitching.