Turlock’s Soderstrom called in Triple-A

Tyler, Turlock High alumnus and current Oakland Athletics prospect Soderstrom was called up Monday by the organization’s Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas Aviators. The Aviators are the third Minor League A system team Soderstrom has played for this season after starting the year at High-A-affiliated Lansing and most recently at Double-A-affiliated Midland.

Soderstrom explained that he was informed of his promotion to Las Vegas by manager Bobby Crosby after Midland’s last game of the season on September 17.

“We were in Midland, Texas finishing our last series on Saturday. I was crossing the dugout during our game on Saturday. My manager pulled me aside and told me the news. I was obviously very happy and very excited,” Soderstrom said.

Between Lansing and Midland this year, Soderstrom, 20, impressed with 125 hits, 28 homers, 99 RBIs and 39 walks in 468 at-bats in 125 games played. He talked about the meteoric rise he’s had through the minor league ranks this season.

“Anything is possible in this game,” he said. “I feel like the game, especially in the big leagues, is getting younger and younger every year. [with] young talents. You always have it in mind that it’s a possibility [to be promoted]but you just try to take it day by day.

Soderstrom made his Triple-A debut Tuesday night in Las Vegas, starting at catcher and second at bat for the Aviators as they took on the Reno Aces. He caught his first hit with the club in the bottom of the seventh inning after a rocket line drive deflected off the glove from shortstop Reno Blaze Alexander. Soderstrom finished his debut 1-for-4 at the plate while catching all nine innings of the Aviators’ 17-5 loss.

Despite the wasted effort, Soderstrom said the experience was one he will never forget.

“That’s all I could have asked for,” he said. “The teammates are awesome, the coaching staff is awesome, the coaching staff is awesome, everyone was really welcoming. The facility is top notch, the clubhouse is top notch so it’s been a great experience so far.”

At the time of this publication, the Aviators have seven games left on their 2022 schedule. Soderstrom is highly motivated to make the most of the limited time remaining on the minor league season.

“Obviously I just want to finish these next games strong, stay healthy. Obviously everyone knows about 29 home runs and 99 RBI, so it would be pretty cool to get 100 RBI and 30 home runs, so those are probably two of my goals going forward,” he said. declared.

Soderstrom also hopes to continue to improve by balancing his play at first base and his natural receiver position.

“[I’ve] got into a little routine playing first and catching. I’m really comfortable in both positions and I’m just happy to be able to play both positions and be in the lineup to help my team win,” he said.

Soderstrom is currently ranked the 50th prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. He’s also ranked by the website as the No. 2 prospect in the entire Oakland Farm System, sitting only behind catcher Shea Langeliers, who was called up to the major leagues on Aug. 16. In March, Soderstrom was an unregistered guest at Track & Field Spring Training. He is expected to be in spring training again in 2023.

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