Tyler Soderstrom was considered one of the Oakland A’s top prospects from the moment he was selected in the 2020 MLB Draft.
He had been considered one of the more advanced hitters coming out of high school in the draft, a player capable of moving quickly through the ranks based on his impressive approach at the plate and his ability to hit the ball hard to all fields. Soderstrom impressed during his professional debut in 2021, his ascension only slowed by injuries.
Tyler Soderstrom recognized for impressive 2022 campaign
There were no such concerns this year. Soderstrom stayed healthy, appearing at three levels as he continued to display his impressive plate discipline and natural power. His performance was such that MLB.com cited him as the A’s representative for the prospect with the most impressive statistics from 2022.
It is easy to see why. Soderstrom posted a .267/.324/.501 batting line in his 556 plate appearances between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A, hitting 29 homers and 21 doubles. Although he had just a nine game trial at Triple-A, the 20 year old still impressed with 11 hits, including a double and home run, in 38 plate appearances.
The A’s are certainly aware of Soderstrom’s proximity to the majors with the bat. He has gotten far more time at first base this season as his defense behind the plate is a work in progress. That was all that was holding him back at this point, but with the A’s collection of catching prospects, may not be as much of a concern.
Chances are, Soderstrom will begin the 2023 campaign back in Double-A. He had just 147 plate appearances at the level, and as the A’s are determined to have him as an option behind the plate, it would allow him to further work on his defense. A return to Triple-A in the middle of the season, and a possible look at the majors, would not be out of the question either.
Tyler Soderstrom is considered to have the most statistically impressive season in the Oakland A’s system. It is easy to see why that would be the case.