Good morning, Athletics Nation!
We finally got something resembling baseball news on Wednesday, with the 1st round of the MLB draft. Of course, even the draft is different from usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, lasting just five rounds instead of the normal 40, so Day 1 featured only one pick by most teams instead of a few apiece. But that’s still better than nothing.
The Oakland A’s held the No. 26 overall pick, and they used it on high school catcher Tyler Soderstrom — click here for our full coverage of the pick. Soderstrom is a bat-first prospect who draws raves for his current polish and future potential, though on defense he might not stay behind the plate long-term. He’s also a local product, coming from Turlock, and his father pitched in MLB for the Giants in the ‘90s.
The general consensus is that Soderstrom profiled as a Top 20 pick in this draft, so the A’s did well to get him with their mid-20s selection. One reason he fell may have had to do with signability, given his commitment to UCLA, but Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle says “all the A’s folks I’ve spoken to are certain that he will sign.”
As for the rest of the 1st round, the Tigers used the No. 1 overall pick on third baseman Spencer Torkelson, who grew up in Petaluma before going to school at ASU. Rounding out the Top 10 picks:
- 3B Spencer Torkelson, Tigers (Arizona State)
- OF Heston Kjerstad, Orioles (Arkansas)
- RHP Max Meyer, Marlins (Minnesota)
- LHP Asa Lacy, Royals (Texas A&M)
- SS Austin Martin, Blue Jays (Vanderbilt)
- RHP Emerson Hancock, Mariners (Georgia)
- SS Nick Gonzalez, Pirates (New Mexico State)
- OF Robert Hassell III, Padres (high school, TN)
- OF Zac Veen, Rockies (high school, FL)
- LHP Reid Detmers, Angels (Louisville)
- Lockard: A’s thrilled to see Turlock high school star Tyler Soderstrom land at No. 26 ($$$)
- Slusser: A’s take Turlock’s Tyler Soderstrom — son of ex-Giant Steve Soderstrom — in 1st round ($)
- Hickey: Athletics Use 26th Pick for Turlock Catcher Soderstrom, Hope to Keep Him From Going to UCLA
- Hickey: Athletics Missed Out on Some Greatness in 2010 MLB Draft
- Hall: A’s draft Tyler Soderstrom with No. 26 overall pick
- Hall: A’s 2020 Community Prospect List: The final Top 30 list!
A’s Non-Draft Coverage:
- Slusser: Former A’s outfielder Claudell Washington dies at 65 ($)
- Hickey: Mike Norris Remembers Athletics’ Claudell Washington as a Great Player and a Great Friend
MLB Draft, News, & Interest:
- Callis: Draft Day 1: Pick-by-pick rundown, analysis
- Longenhagen: Day 1 Draft Recap
- Castrovince: 7 key storylines from Day 1 of MLB Draft
- Collazo: 2020 MLB Draft First Round Analysis: Four Storylines That Stood Out ($$$)
- Randhawa: ‘Told you so’: Prediction comes true 7 years later
- Shea: Petaluma’s Spencer Torkelson drafted first overall by Tigers ($)
- Todd: Did The Tigers Make The Right Choice At 1-1?
- MLBTR Poll: Biggest First-Round Surprise
- Trezza: Meet Oreo: No. 2 pick’s dog is Draft night star
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
Well that’s a start, at least.
Rob Manfred just said on #MLB Network: “We’re going to play baseball in 2020. One hundred percent.”— David Lennon (@DPLennon) June 10, 2020
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Manfred also said MLB would make a counter to the union shortly. But if deal can’t be reached, he’ll invoke March 26 agreement (which allows him to proceed with a schedule on his own).— David Lennon (@DPLennon) June 10, 2020
He said the next proposal will “move in the players’ direction in terms of the salary issue." https://t.co/3kkRxwIX9I
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Rob Manfred on MLB Network: Owners will make a proposal "in the players' direction" shortly. Still hopes players will "get off the 100% salary demand."— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 10, 2020
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