Soroka called up by Braves, set to make big league debut

 Right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been called up by the Atlanta Braves. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been called up by the Atlanta Braves. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 1, 2018

Soroka promoted to Braves, set to make MLB debut

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Junior National Team alumnus Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) will make his Major League Baseball debut tonight (7:10 p.m. E.T.) against the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y.

The Atlanta Braves announced that they’re promoting the 20-year-old from triple-A Gwinnett where he’s pitched to a 2-0 record with a 1.99 ERA and 24 strikeouts over four starts (22 2/3 innings pitched).

Soroka, 20, is set to become the seventh Canadian to appear in the big leagues in 2018 and the 24th graduate of the Junior National Team program to reach the big leagues since the 1999 MLB Draft. Soroka’s promotion is the second big league debut for a Canadian in 2018 after Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) played in his first big league game on April 19 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Soroka’s ascent to the big leagues has been nothing short of impressive since the Braves made him a first-round selection (28th overall) in the 2015 draft. After an All-Star season with class-A Rome in 2016, Soroka skipped class-A Advanced and pitched for double-A Mississippi in 2017 where he was 11-8 with a 2.78 ERA. He represented Canada at the Future’s Game in Miami last July, and was named Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year following the season.

A three-year member of the Junior National Team (2013-2015), Soroka helped Canada to a bronze medal at the 2014 COPABE 18U Pan American Championships in La Paz, Mexico where he started the bronze medal game against Mexico.

Prior to joining the Junior National Team program, Soroka represented his native Alberta at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., and led the squad to a bronze medal before participating in the first edition of Tournament 12 at Rogers Centre.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.