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Meet Patrick Bailey: Why Giants made ‘easy’ and surprise decision with first-round catcher

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The hometown hero was on the board. As was the top high-school pitcher for an organization lacking in top-end pitching talent. Nearly ready-made college pitchers, too, were still dangling, legitimate options to step into a taxi squad as soon as this (abbreviated) season.

The Giants made “a pretty easy decision,” Farhan Zaidi said, by passing over all of the above, going with yet another catcher for an organization that has one star catcher and another on the rise.

This is where the pitchforks rise, the mobs calling for Turlock’s Tyler Soderstrom, for young Oregon flamethrower Mick Abel, for Oklahoma’s Cade Cavalli. Let the Giants explain why NC State catcher Patrick Bailey is not causing much second-guessing within the organization.

“Simply put, he was in a spot on our board where — we’re in the business of best available player,” amateur scouting director Michael Holmes said in a Zoom news conference Wednesday night, a successful first venture into the new normal. “It was just too good of a talent for us not to be in play on. Everybody that we sent in to see him — despite the fact it was a shorter season — every guy that came out of there felt really good about his ability, both on the offensive and defensive side. And we really think we got a guy that can impact the game on both sides of the baseball. Guys like that, you can never have too many of them in the system.”

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2020 MLB Mock Draft: Tigers hold steady at No. 1; high school outfielder jumps into top five

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Pick: C Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock High School (California) ($4,197,100 slot value)

Because they have two extra picks (Nos. 67 and 68) for losing Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith to free agency, the Giants have a huge bonus pool, and are in position to pay any top talent who slides here. They've also been connected to Soderstrom, a talented hitter who might wind up at third base, in recent weeks. San Francisco might be able to cut a below-slot deal with Soderstrom, then use the savings to grab two premium talents with their extra picks. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Soderstrom as the No. 21 prospect in the draft class.

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Tyler Soderstrom hopes to build on strong summer

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Learning the game from his father and watching his brother go through the recruiting and draft processes have helped Soderstrom as he prepares for the next step in his baseball career. Soderstrom, a senior at Turlock High School in California, will have to decide between embarking on a professional career this summer or attending UCLA in the fall.

California prep catcher Tyler Soderstrom wasn’t active on the high school baseball showcase circuit until this summer. He played in his home state of California in previous years but knew the summer after his junior year of high school was critical for exposure.

His approach to the high school summers was by design. Growing up in a baseball family, Soderstrom was familiar with the MLB draft process and knew what events were important to improving his draft stock.

He excelled this summer to make him a well-known prospect for the 2020 MLB draft.

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