Soroka named Southern League All-Star

Former Junior National Team member Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been named a Southern League All-Star. (Photo Credit: Baseball Canada)

Former Junior National Team member Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been named a Southern League All-Star. (Photo Credit: Baseball Canada)

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Although just 19 years old, Calgary’s Mike Soroka has accomplished a lot in his professional baseball career that is just shy of two years old.

The Junior National Team alum (2014, 2015) has been named to the South Division roster for the Southern League All-Star Game that will take place on Tuesday, June 20 at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Fla.

The right-hander, ranked as the 67th best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, was one of seven Mississippi Braves’ players to be named to the South Division squad including fellow 19-year-old pitching sensation Kolby Allard who’s also on the list at #45.

A first round pick (28th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2015, Soroka is one of the youngest players in the double-A Southern League, yet he is tied for first in the loop with seven wins, while his 2.73 ERA and 1.02 WHIP are among the top 10 in the league.

In his most recent out on June 5, Soroka tossed eight shutout innings, scattered just three hits and fanned nine in a win over Biloxi. He has recorded wins in each of his last five starts.

Prior to this season, Soroka spent his first full professional season in 2016 with Low-A Rome where he helped the Braves win the South Atlantic League championship, while also getting an All-Star nod.

Soroka joined the Junior National Team program in the fall of 2013 before helping Canada win a bronze medal at the 2014 U-18 Pan Am Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

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.