This is the perfect opportunity for a prospect in the Oakland A’s system. With the team in the midst of their rebuilding process, it is a chance for minor leaguers to get the attention of the front office. Openings are there for players that show that they deserve them, even if it may take a couple of years for them to progress to the majors.
At the same time, that puts these performances under a microscope. The front office is going to be paying attention, noticing those who perform beyond expectations. The same can be said for those prospects that disappoint as their lack of production and development will be noticed as well.
Three prospects that disappointed thus far for Oakland A’s
It is difficult to put too much stock in just one month. Players are adjusting to a new level and still getting acclimated. But those performances are worth paying attention to, especially if those players had struggled in the past.
There are always going to be players that struggle to begin the season. Let’s take a look at three prospects that are disappointing thus far for the Oakland A’s.
Tyler Soderstrom hit the ground running for the Oakland A’s in 2021 and almost never stopped. Injuries were the only thing to hold him back and he dominated in Low-A ball.
Given his performance in 2021, similar production was expected this season. Although Soderstrom was being moved up to High-A and would be extremely young for the level, the bat was still expected to impress.
That has not been the case thus far. He has produced a disappointing .159/.232/.318 batting line in his 69 April plate appearances, hitting two homers and four doubles. However, the biggest disappointment has been his inability to make contact, as he has struck out 23 times thus far.
Obviously, it is far too early to be concerned about Soderstrom. His track record and impressive showing in Low-A indicates that he will make the adjustments needed to return to form. This is likely nothing more than a blip on the radar, something that will be looked back upon as a learning moment.
Tyler Soderstrom hit the ground running last season. While his slow start is not a cause for alarm, it is still disappointing.