28. Joakim Soria
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 18, 1984 in Monclova, Co Mexico
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 04, 2007
  • Final Game: October 02, 2016
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A Rule 5 Draft choice from the San Diego Padres, Joakim Soria was brought in and immediately found a spot in the Royals’ bullpen.  Soria saved 17 Games in his rookie year and in the next three seasons he would save 30 or more games while going to two All Star Games.  In those three years he would post an ERA of 1.84 with a 1.005 WHIP and in 2010 he finished second in Win Probability Added and Saves while also finishing tenth in Cy Young voting.

Tommy John surgery would force the Mexican to sit out the 2012 season and afterward he was not resigned allowing him to become a free agent.  Soria would return to the club in 2016 for two seasons in a middle relief role.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the Rule 5 Draft from the San Diego Padres. 12/7/06.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers. 12/4/12.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent. 12/10/15.

    Departed (2): Traded to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three team trade.  The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Luis Avilan and Cash to Chicago.  Los Angeles sent Erick Meija and Trevor Oaks to Kansas City.  Chicago sent Jake Peter to Los Angeles.  Kansas City sent Scott Alexander to Los Angeles 1/4/18.
  • Games Played: 68
  • Notable Statistics: 27-19 Record
    57 Games Started
    3.29 ERA
    10 Complete Games
    448.1 Innings Pitched
    344 Strikeouts
    3.90 FIP
    1.216 WHIP
    14.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All Star (2008 & 2010)

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