Soderstrom is a local product of Turlock High School in California, and he is also the son of the Giants’ first round of 1993 Steve Soderstrom, a former pitcher who had a cup of coffee with San Francisco in 1996. Tyler Soderstrom had been in line to play at UCLA before the draft, but will instead continue his development with one of the teams in the major state league.
Oakland is clearly optimistic about the young Soderstrom, as its Northern California scout, Kevin Mello, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s the best amateur bat I’ve seen in 15 years. He’s lucky to be very, very good. He’s a really special player. ”
Mello is also convinced that Soderstrom will remain behind the plate, although this is not certain. MLB.com, which ranks Soderstrom as the 19th best player in this year’s class, notes that it is “gross in terms of blocking and game management.” But Soderstrom is a good athlete who can play in third base and on the field, so these factors and his considerable attacking advantage suggest that he might be able to carve out a successful career in MLB even if he did not last as a catcher. .