Player: Joakim Soria
Born: May 18th, 1984 in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico
Position: Relief Pitcher/Closer
Drafted: Signed as amateur free agent in 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers
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- MLB debut on April 4th, 2007
- 2-time All-Star selection
- 188 career saves
- 2.55 career ERA
Joakim Soria had a long climb to the majors but finally debuted for the Kansas City Royals in 2007 as a reliever. Soria would end up as the closer in KC spending 5 years there before heading to the Texas Rangers. He would spend two seasons in Texas before being traded to the Detroit Tigers last year to try and help boost the depleted bullpen. Soria did struggle in his first appearances in the English D before getting injured and ultimatley ending his season.
Joe Nathan was closer coming out of Spring Training in 2015, but many expected Soria to eventually take over, and he did. Nathan was lost for the season, and thus far, Soria has been nothing but spectacular. He already has 11 saves and an ERA under two. He has been very good, no doubt about it. He needs to do it for the whole season though if he wants to stay in Detroit for an extended period of time. There is no doubt that he can and will do that. With it being a contract year, he is sure to try and impress.