He has a career mark of 17-18 with a 2.92 ERA and features a 88-91 MPH fastball that has life.
The Padres selected him with the 13th overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft and he is expected to comptete for a bullpen job.
Soria, a reliever who saw seven games with the Low-A Fort Wayne Wizards, was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001. He went 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA for Fort Wayne and was in consideration for placement on the Padres 40-man roster and was one of two pitchers MadFriars.com featured as candidates to lose in the Rule 5 Draft.
"Soria is a young, talented pitcher with a real feel for pitching who we've been following this winter," Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore said. "He can compete for various roles on our Major League pitching staff in 2007."
Soria was 9-2 over a 93 game career with a 3.44 ERA. He has a four-pitch arsenal that had the Padres quietly excited with a fastball that reaches 94. He was taken with the second pick overall in the Rule 5 Draft.