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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher | #48

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / LA
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Joakim Soria slammed the door on the Athletics in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a two-run advantage as the White Sox salvaged the second game of their doubleheader.
The veteran right-hander continues to look better and better in the ninth inning. He retired all three hitters that he faced in this one, two of them via the strikeout. He now owns a stellar 2.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season to go along with his 11 saves. Jun 22 - 11:24 PM

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Joakim Soria surrendered two hits but no runs in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Indians on Wednesday.

He allowed back-to-back one-out singles but was able to induce Michael Brantley to hit into a game-ending double play. Soria has been on a saves streak over the past week. The veteran stopper won the closer job back full-time ten days ago and has notched six saves in that short period. He has 10 saves and a 3.12 ERA on the season.
Jun 14 - 1:03 AM

Joakim Soria tallied his ninth save of the season on Tuesday, recording the final out in a victory over the Indians.

The White Sox held a four-run lead entering the ninth inning, but Soria had to be called upon after a pair of Indians had reached against Nate Jones. Soria now boasts a 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 29/5 K/BB ratio over his 25 innings while converting nine of his first 11 save chances. The White Sox aren't going to offer him many save chances, but he's clearly the go-to guy in the ninth inning for the time being in Chicago.
Jun 12 - 11:41 PM

Joakim Soria struck out two hitters against the Red Sox on Sunday while pitching a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his eighth save of the season.

Soria did walk one hitter, but he was able to keep it from crossing the plate while picking up the save. That makes five straight saves for Soria since taking over the closer role, and his ERA has dropped to 3.28 on the year. The biggest issue with Soria is that his team won't give him many chances to pick up save opportunities, but when he gets a chance, he's generally effective.
Jun 10 - 5:08 PM

Joakim Soria set the side down in order to earn a save against the Red Sox on Friday.

He was sent out to protect a 1-0 lead and got the job done in worry-free fashion. None of the three hitters he faced were able to hit the ball out of the infield. Soria seems to have re-gained a nearly exclusive grip on the closer's job in Chicago. He has received the last three save chances in a row and converted all three of them. The veteran closer hasn't allowed an earned run in three weeks. He has six saves on the season with a 3.57 ERA and 27 strikeouts against four walks in 22 2/3 innings.
Jun 8 - 10:05 PM

Joakim Soria allowed one hit and fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Twins on Wednesday.

That makes two saves in a row for Soria as he seems to be the slightly preferred option in the White Sox' closer committee for the time being. Nate Jones tossed a clean eighth inning setting up Soria for the save. Expect the two veteran relievers to split save chances moving forward until one of them pulls ahead or gets traded. If you have to choose one guy go with Soria, he has a longer track record of closing and better peripherals.
Jun 7 - 1:54 AM

Joakim Soria got four outs for a save in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins.

Nate Jones had an ugly outing in the first game, so Soria was definitely going to be the choice if a save situation arose in game two, and he did his job well, giving up only a lone single. He should still be behind Jones in line for saves for now, but he might reclaim the closer's gig if Jones struggles again next time out.
Jun 5 - 10:58 PM

Joakim Soria blew his second save of the season Tuesday, allowing two runs while retiring one batter in a loss to the Cardinals.

Soria was tasked with protecting a one-run lead and quickly coughed it up by serving up a leadoff home run to Matt Carpenter. He rebounded to strike out Jose Martinez but then gave up a double to Marcell Ozuna and walk-off single to Yadier Molina. Soria has been scored upon in just two of 11 appearances this season, but he was roughed up in those two outings. Nate Jones pitched around two walks for a scoreless eighth inning Tuesday. Soria will surely get the next save chance and the Pale Hose would like him to keep the job and pitch well so they can trade him in July.
May 1 - 11:25 PM

Joakim Soria slammed the door on the Royals in the ninth inning on Thursday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his third save of the season.

Soria allowed a leadoff double to Abraham Almonte, but was able to strand him at third without issue. The veteran right-hander has done a nice job so far, compiling a 3.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio through his first nine innings. He'll continue to have mixed league fantasy value for as long as he holds onto the closer's gig.
Apr 26 - 11:27 PM

Joakim Soria slammed the door on the Blue Jays on Wednesday, working a perfect ninth inning to preserve a one-run lead and earn his second save of the season.

So far, so good for the veteran right-hander in the closer's role for the White Sox. After getting a weak fly ball, he fanned Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez to end the ballgame. As long as he's getting save opportunities, he'll continue to have fantasy value.
Apr 4 - 10:07 PM

Joakim Soria struck out two of the three batters he faced in an exhibition appearance against Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

Soria got roughed up in his Cactus League debut back on March 2, but he settled in from there and is expected to share the White Sox closer job with Nate Jones to begin the 2018 regular season. Soria could become trade bait at some point and Jones has a somewhat team-friendly contract, which are things to keep in mind.
Mar 26 - 7:50 PM

Making his first appearance of the spring, Joakim Soria was blasted for four runs on five hits while failing to retire a batter against the Dodgers on Friday.

Ouch. After taking over for Miguel Gonzalez in the third inning, Soria gave up a leadoff double to Yasmani Grandal and back-to-back singles to Travis Taijeron and Alex Verdugo before Jake Peter connected for a three-run homer. Edwin Rios followed with a ground-rule double before Soria was mercifully removed from the game. Not the best first impression as he attempt to secure the closer role in Chicago. Nate Jones is an appealing alternative if he bounces back from elbow surgery.
Mar 2 - 9:59 PM

White Sox acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Royals and LHP Luis Avilan from the Dodgers in a three-team trade.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Royals will receive $2 million from the Dodgers and $1 million from the Royals in the deal. Soria, 33, posted a 3.70 ERA and 64/20 K/BB ratio over 56 innings in 2017. The veteran reliever is a late-inning option for Chicago, but he could end up being a trade piece.
Jan 4 - 9:09 PM

Royals activated RHP Joakim Soria from the 10-day disabled list.

Soria has been sidelined for the past month due to an oblique strain. The 33-year-old hurler owns a 3.96 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 59/16 K/BB ratio across 50 innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 12:21:00 PM

Joakim Soria (oblique) will rejoin the Royals on Saturday.

It's unclear whether he'll rejoin the team in Cleveland soon enough to be able to pitch that day, but he'll be available no later than Sunday. Soria has been over his oblique injury for a while, but he's been in Arizona for the last several days following the birth of his child. He could be thrown right into the mix for saves soon with the Royals' bullpen in flux.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Omar Narvaez
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Yoan Moncada
2Jose Rondon
SS1Tim Anderson
3B1Yolmer Sanchez
LF1Nick Delmonico
CF1Adam Engel
2Leury Garcia
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Trayce Thompson
3Daniel Palka
DH1Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Rodon
2James Shields
3Lucas Giolito
4Reynaldo Lopez
5Miguel Gonzalez
6Dylan Covey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Nate Jones
3Luis Avilan
4Danny Farquhar
5Bruce Rondon
6Jace Fry
7Hector Santiago
8Chris Volstad
9Xavier Cedeno
10Juan Minaya