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Calgary's Mike Soroka named top Canadian baseball player in 2019

Last Updated Dec 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm MST

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Finished second in National League rookie of the year voting, sixth in Cy Young voting

Struck out 142 in 29 starts for NL East-winning Braves this year

ST. MARYS, Ont. – Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka has won the Tip O’Neill Award as Canadian baseball player of the year.

The award, presented annually by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, is in the hands of a pitcher for the second year in a row after James Paxton claimed the honour in 2018.

The Calgary-born Soroka finished second in National League rookie of the year voting and sixth in Cy Young voting. Soroka was 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA, striking out 142 in 29 starts for the NL East-winning Braves this year.

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Soroka was strong in his lone postseason start, limiting the St. Louis Cardinals to one run on two hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

A first-round pick in 2015, Soroka made his major-league debut late last year before breaking camp with the Braves this year.

“When I had been told I would be the recipient of the 2019 Tip O’Neill Award, it really did put me back in a sense of awe,” Soroka said in a statement. “Having had the opportunity to grow up through the Canadian baseball program, I have always felt a sense of pride when there are Canadians excelling in this game. I am always sure to mention to anyone watching other games in the clubhouse when a Canadian is at the plate or on the mound.”