The Atlanta Braves already have the two youngest players in the majors -- Ronald Acuña and Ozzie Albies -- on their roster. Now they have the three youngest, as they announced today that they’re calling up starter Mike Soroka. He’ll take the hill in tonight’s game against the New York Mets. Soroka is just 20, about four months older than Acuña. Albies is 21.
Soroka was the Braves’ first round pick in 2015. Last year, he went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA for Mississippi in the Double-A Southern League. He began this year at Triple-A Gwinnett, going 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA while allowing 17 hits in 22.2 innings with 24 strikeouts and just five walks in four starts.
Youth is being served in Atlanta. Albies is tied for the National League lead in homers with nine and Acuña has provided a spark in his first five games. The Braves are 16-11 and trail the first-place Mets by just 1.5 games in the NL East.
Now it’s up to Soroka to keep the momentum going.