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Joakim Soria has thrown 12 scoreless innings since demotion

Jun 27, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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In late May the Royals stripped Joakim Soria of closing duties after back-to-back blown saves, but he reclaimed the job a week later and has been his usual unhittable self since, throwing 12 scoreless innings with a 12/2 K/BB ratio and .098 opponents’ batting average.

Soria’s season totals are still below his lofty standards, but his ERA went from 6.55 to 4.24 during that 12-inning stretch and he’s also rediscovered his missing velocity. Soria’s average fastball has clocked in at 91.8 miles per hour this month, which is right in line with his 2009/2010 speeds and a sizable improvement over his 90.3 mph in April and May.

Soria gave the Royals a scare, but it looks like he’s back to being one of the elite relievers in baseball. Now the question is whether the last-place Royals will shop him at the trade deadline or keep him around to close out games as the farm system’s incredible collection of young talent flows to Kansas City during the next couple years.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Im glad to see Soria straightened himself out. It will be a tough call for Dayton Moore to make as to trading him, but my money would be that he keeps him. Soria is hugely popular in KC and unlike Zach Grienke hasnt said anything bad publicly about the team.

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