Tyler Soderstrom
Oakland Athletics
Catcher
Born: (2001-11-24) November 24, 2001 (age 19)
Turlock, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Tyler Christian Soderstrom (born November 24, 2001) is an American professional baseball catcher in the Oakland Athletics organization. He was selected 26th overall by the Athletics in the 2020 MLB draft.

Amateur career

Soderstrom attended Turlock High School in Turlock, California, where he played baseball.[1] In 2019, his junior year, he hit .450 with four home runs.[2] That summer, he played in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.[3] He also played for the 18U United States national baseball team,[4] hitting .364.[5] As a senior in 2020, he was named the Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year after batting .357 over five games before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] He signed to play college baseball at UCLA.[7]

Professional career

Soderstrom was considered one of the top prospects for the 2020 Major League Baseball draft.[8][9] He was selected 26th overall by the Oakland Athletics,[10] and signed with them for $3.3 million.[11] He did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the pandemic.[12] To begin the 2021 season, he was assigned to the Stockton Ports of the Low-A West.[13] In June, Soderstrom was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field.[14] After not playing in a game since July 23, he was placed on the injured list on August 16 with a back injury.[15]

Personal

Soderstrom's father, Steve Soderstrom, was selected sixth overall by the San Francisco Giants in the 1993 Major League Baseball draft.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Tyler Soderstrom focused on improvement". Baseball Prospect Journal. May 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "2019 All Journal Baseball Team". www.turlockjournal.com.
  3. ^ https://www.modbee.com/sports/high-school/article232408292.html
  4. ^ "Forty-One USA Baseball Alumni Selected in the 2020 MLB Draft". USA Baseball. June 12, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "A's Soderstrom joins father as first-round pick". MLB.com.
  6. ^ https://www.modbee.com/sports/high-school/article242897086.html
  7. ^ "Nine area students sign with colleges". www.turlockjournal.com.
  8. ^ https://www.modbee.com/sports/high-school/article242842656.html
  9. ^ Lockard, Melissa. "NorCal's top high school MLB Draft prospects, led by catcher..." The Athletic.
  10. ^ "A's take Turlock's Tyler Soderstrom - son of ex-Giant Steve Soderstrom - in 1st round". SFChronicle.com. June 11, 2020.
  11. ^ https://www.turlockjournal.com/news/local/soderstrom-signs-33m-contract-with-oakland-as/
  12. ^ https://www.milb.com/news/2020-season-cancelled-x2793
  13. ^ https://theathletic.com/2556909/2021/05/02/oakland-as-2021-minor-league-preview-tyler-soderstrom-begins-in-stockton-nick-allen-in-midland/
  14. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/2021-futures-game-rosters
  15. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/athletics-tyler-soderstrom-on-il-with-back-issue/
  16. ^ "2020 Draft legacies: Glavine, Boone ... Agassi?". MLB.com.