If it feels like Double-A Mississippi's Mike Soroka is doing something special each time he takes the mound, it's because he is.That certainly was the case on Monday night, when the Braves' No. 4 prospect scattered three hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to lead Mississippi over Biloxi, 4-2.
If it feels like Double-A Mississippi's Mike Soroka is doing something special each time he takes the mound, it's because he is.
That certainly was the case on Monday night, when the Braves' No. 4 prospect scattered three hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to lead Mississippi over Biloxi, 4-2. The 19-year-old righty struck out nine in the outing, throwing 66 of his 85 pitches for strikes, and generated another 13 outs via ground balls.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Soroka finishes the 8th inning - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1468116883
"Tonight was one of those rare nights where pretty much everything was working for me," Soroka told MiLB.com. "[Catcher Kade Scivicque] and I did a really good job of working together again. I was throwing both off-speed pitches and both of my fastballs for strikes at will. So those are the kind of nights that you've got to capitalize on having your stuff and make sure you go out there and attack every hitter."
Soroka, MLB Pipeline's No. 67 overall prospect, has been remarkable for the M-Braves this season, despite bypassing the Class A Advanced level entirely after he spent all of 2016 with Class A Rome.
To go along with a 7-3 record in 11 starts, Soroka's 1.02 WHIP and a 2.73 ERA rank fifth and 11th among hurlers in the Southern League, respectively. He's posted 60 strikeouts against 15 walks in 52 2/3 innings, all the while holding opposing hitters to a .209 average.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday
• No. 2 overall prospect Gleyber Torres (Yankees' No. 1) belted a three-run, go-ahead home run to help power Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre past Rochester, 6-3. It was the sixth home run of the season and first as a member of the RailRiders for the 20-year-old shortstop, who finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a walk.
MILB Video - Title: Torres' first Triple-A homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1467876983
"Tonight, he got better pitches to hit, like the homer, which was a fastball up in the zone," Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Al Pedrique told MiLB.com. "He's still trying to feel comfortable at this level, and the pitchers have been throwing him a lot of breaking stuff and changeups out of the zone. But he saw that fastball and jumped on it. The ball really wasn't carrying very well here today. You don't see many leave the park in left-center like that, but as soon as he hit it, we knew it was gone."
• No. 10 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) hit a two-run home run, his ninth of the season, to extend his hitting streak to 14 games for Class A Advanced Lancaster. During that stretch, the 20-year-old shortstop has improved his slash line from .356/.374/.594 to .390/.411/.686, and he's now collected 62 hits in 37 games. On the mound for the JetHawks, right-hander Peter Lambert (No. 6) fired seven scoreless innings with six hits allowed and 10 strikeouts to record the win. It was his second 10-strikeout performance of the season.
MILB Video - Title: Rodgers' two-run homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1468893483
• No. 20 overall prospect Nick Senzel (Reds' No. 1) stayed hot for Class A Advanced Daytona as he went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his fourth, and two runs scored. The 2016 No. 2 overall pick is hitting .304/.366/.467 on the season and leads the Florida State League with 21 doubles in 54 games.
• After fanning 10 batters in 16 innings across his three previous starts, No. 30 overall prospect Lucas Giolito (White Sox No. 4) recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts while tossing six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision for Triple-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old righty scattered five hits and walked two en route to throwing 101 pitches, 72 for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 4.95 with the performance, and he's now punched out 53 in 52 innings overall.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Giolito records 11th strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1468981983
• No. 59 overall prospect Luke Weaver (Cardinals' No. 3) set a career high with 11 strikeouts in a lights-out performance for Triple-A Memphis. The 23-year-old righty tossed five scoreless frames, allowing two hits and one walk before departing after 81 pitches (51 strikes). He's now 6-1 in eight starts totaling 44 innings, with a 1.84 ERA and a 49-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Weaver notches 11th strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1469101083
• No. 81 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 2) struck out eight over five scoreless innings in his best start for Double-A Chattanooga. The 22-year-old lefty threw 57 of his 96 pitches for strikes in the outing, allowing two hits and three walks. He owns a 2.45 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP through four starts, with a 26-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .167 opponents' average in 22 innings.
• A's No. 17 prospectRenato Nunez connected on his 15th home run, a two-run shot that accounted for all of Triple-A Nashville's offense in a loss against Omaha. He also hit a double before finishing 3-for-4, giving the 23-year-old a .261/.321/.564 batting line this season.
• Mets No. 3 prospect Justin Dunn turned in his third straight scoreless outing for Class A Advanced St. Lucie, as he struck out a career-high seven batters while yielding five hits in five innings. The 2016 first-rounder (No. 19 overall) has posted 11 blank frames in those outings, during which he's lowered his ERA to 4.81 from 6.21.
• Reds No. 26 prospect Gavin LaValley went back-to-back with Senzel for Daytona, and then went deep once more in his next at-bat to finish 2-for-4 with three RBIs. The 21-year-old first baseman leads the Florida State League with 15 home runs. Second baseman Shed Long (No. 13) also homered for the Tortugas, his second in as many games and fifth in his last 10. Overall, he's hitting .311/.369/.538 with 11 homers -- third most in the FSL -- through 53 games.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.