The 20-year-old became the youngest pitcher in the Major Leagues Tuesday night when he made his debut for the surging Atlanta Braves. Soroka pitched six strong innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out five in a 3-2 win over all-star Noah Syndegaard and the first-place New York Mets.
The native of Calgary had been the fifth-rated pitching prospect among players who had not made their Major League debut. Now he’s a key cog in a youth movement that has every Braves fans excited.
Soroka isn’t even the youngest player on his team. That distinction still goes to outfield Ronald Acuna Jr., who is still seven months from his 21st birthday, making him the youngest player in the big leagues.
Emerging all-star Ozzie Albies is the old man of the group, who turned 21 four months ago.
The trio comprise the three youngest players in the Major Leagues. They are also the reason why Braves fans are excited about the future and maybe even the present.