Soroka with a solid debut in Danville

It's early, but the Braves must be happy with what Mike Soroka has done so far.

Mike Soroka turns 18 on Tuesday, but on Saturday night the young right-hander gave another impression he can pitch beyond his 17-plus years.

Soroka made his debut in Danville Saturday and was really good. He pitched four scoreless innings and did not allow a hit. Soroka walked two and struck out six.

This comes on the heels of Soroka's impressive 10 innings in the Gulf Coast League to start his pro career. He allowed just five hits in his four games (three starts), with two earned runs allowed, one walks and 11 strikeouts.

The Braves drafted Soroka out of Canada at the end of the first round in June. He's 6-4 and weighs 195 pounds and scouts rave about his stuff and makeup.

Kolby Allard, who was drafted with pick 14 in the first round in June, is expected to make his GCL debut next weekend. The Braves have also had good early results from Austin Riley, who was taken in the compensation round (41st overall pick). Riley has hit .265 in 117 at bats between the GCL and Danville, with a .333 on base percentage, seven home runs and 24 RBI.

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