JOSE SORIANO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 20, 1998
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2016, (Angels)
How Acquired: Rule 5 Draft (from Angels)
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Angels signed Soriano for a modest bonus, but he grew several inches in the year after he signed and increase to the mid-90s. He’s touched 100 mph and has very good spin on his curve. He also throws a change that’s effective at times. He’s been a starter in the minors and could stay in that role, but he has the stuff to be a dominant reliever if starting doesn’t work out. The main issue he’s had to address is control. Soriano had Tommy John surgery early in 2020, which no doubt led the Angels to leave him off their 40-man roster. The Pirates made him the first selection in the Rule 5 draft.
Soriano had a strong pro debut, making 14 starts at age 17. The ERA was helped by the fact that over half the runs he allowed were unearned, but opponents batted only .187 and slugged only .258 against him.
Soriano again pitched well, mostly as a starter, including one start in advanced rookie ball. Baseball America rated him the Angels’ 14th best prospect after the season.
The Angels sent Soriano to low A in June and he made 14 starts. He wasn’t easy to hit, but control was an issue; in fact, he allowed more walks (35) than hits (34). BA rated him 10th in the system.
Soriano went back to low A and improved substantially. Opponents hit only .197 against him and he improved his K rate, although he continued to walk too many. He missed July and spent some time in rookie ball on rehab. BA moved him up to 7th in the system.
Soriano had Tommy John surgery prior to spring training. Of course, in the end there was no minor league season anyway. The Angels did not add him to their 40-man roster and the Pirates made him the first selection in the Rule 5 draft.
Soriano probably would have been ready to return in early 2021, although there’s a good chance the season will be delayed. Regardless, the team will likely want to take advantage of the ability to send him on rehab, which can be as much as 60 days following TJ surgery. He’ll still need to spend at least 90 days in the majors. With his need to gain better control, Soriano isn’t nearly ready for the majors; the Pirates no doubt selected him knowing he’d have to be stashed in the bullpen. Long term, they’ll probably at least try to continue his development as a starter. He won’t turn 23 until after the season.
|2021: Major League Minimum|
|Signing Bonus: $70,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2026
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 12/10/2020
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 4, 2016: Signed by the Los Angeles Angels as an international free agent.
December 10, 2020: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Los Angeles Angels in the Rule 5 Draft.