• Full name Tyler Christian Soderstrom
  • Born 11/24/2001 in Turlock, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Turlock
  • Drafted in the 1st round (26th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2020 (signed for $3,300,000).
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    Soderstrom is at the top of a strong 2020 prep catching class (along with Texas catcher Drew Romo) and was one of the biggest risers last summer after a wire-to-wire terrific offensive performance. A 6-foot-2, 190-pound UCLA commit, Soderstrom hit well at a number of big showcase events, including the Area Code Games, showing power potential and a polished lefthanded bat. Almost every scout is excited about the offensive potential he offers, with plus raw power that he gets to frequently in games now, and more physical projection. Defensively, there are more questions. While the consensus on his bat is glowing, almost every evaluator questions his ability to remain behind the plate moving forward. His size is a question, as is his ability to sit behind the plate and be a good receiver. He’ll need to improve his lower-half flexibility, and while his natural arm strength is impressive, he needs to shorten his arm stroke and improve his footwork on throws. Scouts believe Soderstrom has the passion to catch, so some teams could send him out and let him figure it out, while others might be more inclined to let him play third, first or even a corner-outfield spot, where his bat could move quicker and still profile well. There are some similarities with Soderstrom and 2018 Indians first-round pick Bo Naylor (though Naylor had better natural feel to hit at the time) and enough teams seem to like him in the first round that he won’t get to campus in Los Angeles.

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  • Oakland Athletics recalled C Tyler Soderstrom from Las Vegas Aviators.
  • Oakland Athletics selected the contract of C Tyler Soderstrom from Las Vegas Aviators.
  • Oakland Athletics selected the contract of C Tyler Soderstrom from Las Vegas Aviators.
  • Las Vegas Aviators placed C Tyler Soderstrom on the temporarily inactive list.

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