Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 49 of 286. Stay tuned.
George Soriano is a 6’2″, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher from San Pedro de Macoris, DR. The city is also the origin story of 98 former and current major leaguers, including Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano, and Sammy Sosa. Soriano was born on March 24th, 1999. Follow him on Twitter, if you like, @GEORGESoriano9.
Soriano signed a minor league free agent deal on August 19th, 2015, while still just 16-years-old. He would turn 17 before making his professional debut with the rookie-level DSL Marlins, in the Dominican Summer League.
Soriano’s stats were pedestrian in his first look. He went 1-6 with a 3.56 ERA in 17 games for the 2016 DSL Marlins, including nine starts and two saves. He did strike out 56 batters in 55 2/3 innings to lead the 10-56 club, leading the team in innings and strikeouts while earning 1.38 WHIP. Soriano missed the entire 2017 campaign on the disabled list.
Reemerging as a member of the rookie-level GCL Marlins, in the domestic Gulf Coast League, Soriano pitched long relief and started in three of his 11 appearances through 2018. Soriano allowed more hits than innings pitched on only two occasions through the season, allowing a total of 28 over 42 1/3 innings. He went 1.91 with a 2-1 record, a 0.87 WHIP, and a .183 oppBA. The WHIP led the 25-31 team out of pitchers who went more than 18 innings.
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On July 9th, Soriano tossed three perfect innings, striking out two in a 1-0 loss to the GCL Mets. In his first start of the season, on August 3rd, he earned no decision by allowing one run on one hit and zero walks over five innings, with three strikeouts as the Marlins lost to the Mets, 3-2 in 10 innings. In his next start, five days later, he earned a win over the Mets, striking out six in 5 2/3 three-hit shutout, no-walk innings.
Very few DSL prospects make it even as far as the Miami Marlins domestic rookie league, but Soriano’s most difficult progression through the system is still ahead of him. His solid 2018 should see him begin 2019 with the Clinton LumberKings, in the single-A Midwest League. Normal progress after that would see him get a 2021 Spring Training invitation and a solid chance to make the Miami Marlins in 2022.
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