Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Braves call up another top prospect, RHP Mike Soroka

Mets bats fail to pick up shaky Syndergaard in loss to Braves Modal Trigger Jay Bruce lines out during the Mets 3-2 loss Tuesday night. Anthony J. Causi
Kristopher Love | 02 May, 2018, 16:11

"They're a really good team". "I could hear them, that's for sure, and I think that to have their support here is - you can't compare it".

Instead, the Braves started 20-year-old Mike Soroka, who was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Tuesday and won his major league debut by limiting NY to one run over six innings. Albies, 21, entered play Tuesday with at least a share of the National League lead in homers, doubles, hits and runs scored.

Soroka was a first-round draft pick by Atlanta in 2015 out of high school in Calgary, Alberta, and quickly rose through the minor league ranks. "His stuff was really good, moving the ball around". "Just a very mature kid, how he goes about it, how he carries himself".

Gonzalez had three hits, including a homer, and five RBIs in Sunday's win.

"That guy is an animal", Noah Syndergaard said. "It's going to take a lot more than a little thumb issue to take him out of the lineup", Syndergaard said.

Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores had an RBI groundout in the ninth.

Soroka (1-0) became the latest top prospect called up by the Braves and fit right in with an excellent performance. With his father among family and friends in the stands who brought a Canadian flag, Soroka gave up one run and six hits.

"The kid's beyond his years as we saw in spring training, so I'm excited", Snitker said. "I'm ready to just relax and I know he will be, too". He joins outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who is about four months younger than Soroka, and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies.

The Atlanta Braves just keep getting younger. Third baseman Bob Horner, second baseman Glenn Hubbard and center fielder Eddie Milner started in a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati on September 24, 1978. "He's fine. He's doing everything", manager Brian Snitker said. Acuna, a premier prospect called up last week who is off to a sizzling start in the big leagues, got twisted around as he retreated but made a shaky-looking catch near the edge of the warning track for the final out. "It's exciting, it's fun, it's energizing for everybody to have the young guys".

Albies and Acuna occupied the top two spots in the batting order Tuesday, with Soroka hitting eighth.

Syndergaard (2-1) settled down after his rough start and lasted six innings.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his seventh homer of the season in the sixth for the Mets and finished with three hits. The biggest thing I want them to do is let their talents fly and not be afraid to make a mistake.

Teheran threw a bullpen Sunday and is slated to pitch Thursday against the Mets. He experienced numbness in his right index finger and thumb.

The Mets thought they would see Newcomb on Tuesday night.

For the Mets, Cespedes was the highlight - off the field before the game and on the field during it. RHP Anthony Swarzak (strained left oblique) and C Kevin Plawecki (broken left hand) are healing slower than hoped, Alderson said.

Just a week after Ronald Acuna made his much-ballyhooed Major League Baseball debut with the club, the Braves doubled down on the prospect buzz by promoting Mike Soroka-arguably Atlanta's most prized pitching prospect from a pipeline of high-upside arms.

Mets ace right-hander Jacob deGrom (3-0, 2.06 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-1, 4.23) as the Mets (17-10) try to stay ahead of second-place Atlanta (17-11) in the NL East.