Tyler Soderstrom’s future position appears to be set. Based on the work he has done, and the progress he has made defensively, it appears as though he will remain behind the plate going forward, giving the Oakland A’s another stellar catching prospect.
However, that was not always a given. Soderstrom was extremely raw defensively behind the plate when drafted and was going to need time to develop. His athleticism led several teams to look at him as a possibility at either corner outfield spot, or potentially at third base. That will not be the case with the A’s as Soderstrom will stay behind the plate.
Tyler Soderstrom getting time at first base
This does not mean that Soderstrom will exclusively appear as a catcher. He spent Wednesday’s scrimmage at first base, getting some time at the position to help him feel comfortable. First base is not a new position for Soderstrom – he appeared at nine games there last season for the Stockton Ports and has split his time between catcher and first in high school.
It makes sense that the A’s would be giving him time at first base. This allows Soderstrom to avoid the constant wear and tear that results in being behind the plate, saving him from those foul tips, pitches in the dirt, and the constant pressure on his knees. Even a game or two a week can keep him fresher for the season.
This is also a way for the A’s to keep his bat in the lineup. By giving Soderstrom time at first base, the A’s would have a way for their top prospect to remain in the lineup. That will be especially important as he gets closer to the majors and eventually heads to Oakland, as the designated hitter spot would not have to go to Soderstrom on those partial days off. Likewise, if he was needed behind the plate on those days, the A’s would not lose the DH.
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Tyler Soderstrom’s future is behind the plate. However, giving him time at other positions will allow Soderstrom to have more plate appearances going forward.