The Braves announced on Monday that they would have an impressive collection of top prospects in camp this spring. With players like Austin Riley, Ian Anderson, William Contreras, Kyle Muller and others, this spring should be an exciting one for all nine innings of each game. The quantity of top prospects joining the major league team is especially exciting because it signals that Atlanta has quality personnel on the way.
Mike Soroka endured a trying season in 2018 with a shoulder injury that prematurely ended what was shaping up to be an impressive debut. According to the young right-hander those issues are now in the past, and 2019 will be a fresh start.
Looking toward the upcoming season, if healthy, Soroka is a lock to spend some time in Atlanta’s starting rotation. But the Braves will likely limit his early-season workload while using him, Toussaint, Fried and possibly a couple other prospects to alternately fill their fifth rotation spot. This means the members of this group will be flipped between the Majors and Triple-A Gwinnett as the Braves attempt to give all of their starters an extra day of rest between starts.
”It’s about approaching it day to day,” Soroka said. “If you do your job and take care of business on your end, things will work themselves out. A lot of us have grown up to be best friends and guys we’re going to talk to for the rest of our lives. Healthy competition is always good because it brings out the best in everyone.”
Another honor for the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year, as Ronald Acuña Jr. will be the No. 1 card in the 2019 Topps Baseball set.