Michael John Graydon Soroka (born August 4, 1997) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher who has played for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB) since 2018.
A native of Calgary, Soroka graduated from Bishop Carroll High School. He was drafted 28th overall by the Atlanta Braves in 2015, and he spent portions of four seasons in the minor leagues before being called up to the Braves.
Soroka was an MLB All-Star in 2019, and he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year Award voting. In 2020, he became the Braves’ youngest Opening Day starter in the team’s modern history, before an injury on August 3 ended his 2020 season.
Soroka’s salary for the 2021 season was set at $2.8 million after an arbitration hearing. He began the 2021 season on the 60-day injured list in an effort to continue rehab from Achilles surgery he had last year. He had a setback while recovering and was forced to undergo a second surgery on his Achilles.
In an interview with MLB Network, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker stated that Soroka would miss the 2021 season. However, Snitker backtracked the next day, saying that Soroka was not out for the season and would be re-evaluated in two weeks.
While walking back to the clubhouse on June 24, Soroka suffered a complete re-tear of his Achilles, effectively ending his season. The Braves finished with an 88-73 record, winning the NL East championship and the 2021 World Series, giving the Braves their first title since 1995.
There are no details about his marital status. He may be married or unmarried. There are also no rumors about his wife and girlfriend.