For today’s entry into the 2020 Major League Baseball Scouting Report series (you can read all the reports here) we’re taking a look at yet another player from the prep ranks. Catcher Tyler Soderstromg is the top rated high school backstop in the draft and currently rates as the #18 prospect overall on Baseball America’s draft list, #20 on the Fangraphs list, and #19 on the MLB Pipeline list.

Tyler Soderstrom’s High School Career

He was an All-American (Perfect Game) and flew up draft boards last year after his junior season when he went on a tear during the summer on the showcase circuit. He’s also been a member of Team USA’s 18U team. He hit .324 as a freshman while starting on varsity and followed that up with a .342 average as a sophomore before hitting .450 as a junior. As a senior he only played in five games before the season was shut down.

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Tyler Soderstrom Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 190 lbs

Bats: Left | Throws: Right

Position(s): Catcher

An above-average bat in both the ability to hit for average and for power in the future are the first things that stick out on the scouting report for Tyler Soderstrom. The left-handed hitter will draw some 60 grades on his raw power from some scouts, though there are some who see his power as more average-ish with a strong hit tool that may allow the power to play up some.

Defensively is where there are some questions on his scouting report. He’s got a strong arm, getting above-average grades – but his receiving is behind his counterparts, perhaps due to a lack of experience as he’s actually the backup on his own high school team at the position.

Where the concern could be

Obviously it’s the defensive aspect of catching. There’s some belief that he’s got the tools to make it work, though it will take some time given his experience level. Fortunately, he’s got experience at other spots on the field and he’s got plenty of speed to move to a corner outfield spot if a corner infield spot doesn’t work.

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  1. AirborneJayJay

    He is not the starting C on his team? He would be a long reach for the Reds at #12. He has corner OF written all over him. But if his bat is as good as the other HS outfielders….maybe. I just don’t see him in the mix at #12.
    Where is the scouting report on RHP Nick Bitsko? He actually has a chance to go at #12 or higher. Kelley and Bitsko are 1 and 1A at the #12 pick unless someone unexpectedly falls out of the top 10.

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  2. Tom

    I really like this profile, even though he’s obviously not a catcher going forward. If he’s as good with the bat as advertised, the Reds will find a place to play him.

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  3. Scrap Irony

    I don’t care what his defensive marks are as a receiver. Draftees this season aren’t likely to have to worry about framing pitches, as electronic strikes will be in the MLB by 2022. I’d focus on offensive tools and good pop-times/ athleticism/ arms for catchers moving forward.

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