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Braves have deal with first-rounder Soroka

ATLANTA -- The Braves have agreed to terms with the 28th overall pick of the 2015 Draft, prep right-hander Mike Soroka.

The club has not yet confirmed the deal.'s Jim Callis reported that it was for $1,974,700 -- the full slot value for the 28th pick.

Soroka, who attended Bishop Carroll High School in Alberta, Canada, has a three-pitch repertoire that includes a low-90s fastball, a changeup and a curveball. The curve is his best pitch at the moment, and is projected to be a plus offering at the Major League level.

"He's not really a late bloomer, he's a young bloomer," said Braves scouting director Brian Bridges after the first day of the Draft. "I think he's going to grow into his own. This is what they look like. This is a guy that has a high ceiling and has a chance to be a No. 1 or 2 starter. We look forward to getting him in the fold."

Soroka fit the Braves' strategy heading into the draft in that he was a high-upside arm and was a multi-sport athlete. Soroka played hockey in high school, and Bridges praised the toughness that came, at least partially, from playing the sport.

With Soroka's deal in place, the Braves have now agreed to deals with 10 of their first 13 picks.

Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for
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