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2018 Atlanta Braves Players Review: Miguel Socolovich

It would not surprise me (or anyone) if you were not aware that Miguel Socolovich pitched for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. He only appeared in four games for the team (5 innings total) and posted a 10.80 ERA in that small sample. Not a pretty picture, but that is pretty much where we are at with Socolovich.

Miguel is the definition of a journeyman reliever that bounces between the major and minor leagues for whatever organization he is with in any given year. The 32 year old Venezuelan born righty has seen time with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals before joining the Braves organization this past season.

It is worth mentioning that Socolovich was actually a pretty decent reliever for the Cardinals back in 2015 and 2016 while posting a sub-2 ERA in 43 appearances total those two seasons. However, he then went on to post an 8.68 ERA the following season and that basically gets you all caught up on his major league career.

Socolovich spent most of the season in Gwinnett and posted a respectable 2.65 ERA in 30 appearances in Triple-A, although opposing batters did hit .273 against him in the minors and he did allow a good number of inherited runners to score on his watch which isn’t reflected in his bottom line numbers (unfortunately).

Bottom line, what did he do in 2018?: Posted a 10.80 ERA in five appearances in the big leagues, 2.65 ERA in Triple-A but it was not a pretty sub-3 ERA.

Will Socolovich be on the roster next year? Unlikely. He couldn’t crack the big leagues very much even when the bullpen was struggling and/or hurt. A minor league deal isn’t out of the question, but he is not likely to be a part of the Braves’ future.

What is he going to do next year? Socolovich has big league experience and has pitched well relatively recently, so he will get a team or two to look at him in spring training next year. However, it is hard to say that the odds of him seeing significant playing time in the majors next season are particularly good barring the unforeseen.

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