Miguel Angel Socolovich
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
Socolovich was 1-3 with a save and a 3.50 ERA in 2004 for the VSL Red Sox. He missed 2005 due to Tommy John surgery. Used mostly in relief while with the GCL Red Sox in 2006, Socolovich went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 25 1/3 innings of work (14 appearances, 3 starts). In 2007, he split time between the Lowell Spinners and Greenville Drive, going a combined 7-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 90 innings of work (25 appearances, 13 starts).
On January 28, 2008, he was traded with Willy Mota to the Chicago White Sox for David Aardsma. Pitching for the Kannapolis Intimidators in 2008, Socolovich was 6-6, 4.68 in 21 games. He split 2009 between the Winston-Salem Dash (3-4, 7 Sv, 4.80) and Birmingham Barons (1-0, 0 R in 4 1/3 IP). That winter, he made his Venezuelan League debut, going 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA out of the bullpen for the Leones del Caracas. He made strides in 2010 with Birmingham (4-5, 2 Sv, 3.44) and the Charlotte Knights (3-1, 3.12), allowing a .191 average and striking out 77 in 78 1/3 IP for the year. With Caracas, he had a 1-0, 2.57 record in 20 outings in 2010-2011.
In 2011, Socolovich was back with Charlotte (3-2, Sv, 3.94, 63 K in 48 IP) and Birmingham (0 H, 0 R in 7 IP). He was 0-2 with a save and a 4.71 ERA for the Leones, his 33 appearances second on his club (2 behind Darwin Cubillan). Signing with the Baltimore Orioles as a minor league free agent, he began 2012 very well with the Norfolk Tides and went 3-0 with two saves and a 1.77 ERA, striking out 50 in his first 45 2/3 IP. He was allowing a .179 average.
Socolovich was then called up to replace Dana Eveland. In his big league debut, he relieved Jim Johnson to open the 10th with a 4-4 tie against the Tigers. He fanned Austin Jackson on a full count and retired Ramon Santiago and Miguel Cabrera. In the 11th, he allowed back-to-back hits to Prince Fielder and Delmon Young but got Danny Worth on a force and Brennan Boesch on a grounder. Troy Patton relieved and allowed Young to score, charging Socolovich with a run. He avoided taking the loss when Baltimore rallied in the bottom of the inning to tie (they would wind up with the win).
He was initially signed by scout Pedro Chavez.