The Canadian righty ranked among the top three in ERA in the NL for most of the season. He isn’t overpowering, but he’s a smooth worker who time and again illustrated the ability to paint the corners. Finally healthy, the Braves can only expect Soroka to continue making strides after a breakout rookie season.
Fried, meanwhile, debuted in 2017 but bounced between the majors and Triple-A, the rotation and the bullpen in that time. The southpaw had a taste of the postseason last year, coming out of the bullpen, but hadn’t established himself as part of the team’s future. Thus 2019 was a pivotal season for his future with the franchise.
The 25-year-old responded with an excellent season that was better than his overall numbers. Fried seems beyond the blister issues that plagued his career, having one incident in July from which he recovered nicely. He’s clearly no longer a bullpen piece. Fried is one-fifth of the team’s rotation moving forward.
The Braves received over 330 innings from their budding duo. There are more arms in the pipeline, but at the absolute worst, the Braves know they’ve landed a pair of trustworthy arms in Soroka and Fried, both of whom probably hasn’t shown his best yet.