As A’s re­veal player pool, site re­mains in ques­tion

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTINGGR­EEN - By Su­san Slusser

First things first as the A’s head back into get­ting ready for a 2020 sea­son: They have a large pool of play­ers from which to draw.

The team, how­ever, is not re­leas­ing all the names on this list for pro­ce­dural rea­sons: Top pick Tyler Soder­strom, an 18­year­old catcher from Tur­lock, hasn’t been signed yet. Soder­strom’s sign­ing will be an­nounced Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple sources.

High­pro­file prospect Robert Pua­son, a 17­year­old short­stop from the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, was re­ported to be among the A’s pool play­ers, ac­cord­ing to Jesse Sanchez of Mlb.com, but also was not on the list re­leased Sunday, likely be­cause he is trav­el­ing to the U.S. Invit­ing top young play­ers such as Soder­strom and Pua­son to the player­pool camp, which was ex­pected to be in Stock­ton, will en­able them to get in­struc­tion and some sim

ulated games when they might oth­er­wise be lim­ited in their de­vel­op­ment this year.

Two other top short­stop prospects who were in the A’s spring camp will be at the al­ter­nate site for the same rea­son: last year’s top pick, Lo­gan David­son, and de­fen­sive whiz Nick Allen. So will two prospects who weren’t in spring camp: 2019 sec­on­drounder Tyler Baum, a righthande­r, and fourth­rounder Kyle Mccann, a catcher.

Oth­ers not on the list be­cause they are trav­el­ing to the U.S. in­clude out­fielder Luis Bar­rera and right­handed pitch­ers Wan­dis­son Charles and Miguel Romero. All of the play­ers not an­nounced Sunday will go to the team’s al­ter­nate site — which is more un­cer­tain than it was last week. The Chron­i­cle has learned that new COVID­19 or­ders an­nounced by Gov. Gavin New­som on Sunday that in­clude San Joaquin County, and spikes in pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus tests in the area, have the team re­think­ing its use of the Class A Ports’ sta­dium, at least in the short term.

Teams have been en­cour­aged to use nearby fa­cil­i­ties for their al­ter­nate camps be­cause MLB’S 2020 pro­to­cols call for a site close enough to not re­quire commercial air travel. The A’s al­ready had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing other op­tions while try­ing to work out a deal with the city of Stock­ton for use of Ban­ner Is­land Ball­park.

The group of 42 play­ers head­ing to Oak­land fea­tures a num­ber of non­ros­ter play­ers, in­clud­ing catcher Car­los Pérez, in­field­ers Ryan Goins and Nate Orf, and pitch­ers Lu­cas Luetge, Jaime Schultz and Jor­dan Weems. Out­fielder Skye Bolt, in­fielder Shel­don Neuse and pitch­ers Paul Black­burn and Daniel Gos­sett, all op­tioned to the mi­nors be­fore spring train­ing was shut down in March, also will be in Oak­land.

Sev­eral 40­man­ros­ter play­ers, such as out­fielder Dustin Fowler and starters Daulton Jef­feries, Grant Holmes and James Ka­prielian, will go to the al­ter­nate site, along with some non­roster in­vi­tees: Mccann, out­field­ers Greg De­ich­mann and Buddy Reed and pitch­ers Tyler Baum, Parker Dun­shee and Brian Howard.

Mike Carlson / MLB Pho­tos via Getty Images 2019

Tyler Soder­strom, 18, is a catch­ing prospect from Tur­lock who was the first­round pick of the A’s in the re­cent draft. He’ll join the A’s pool play­ers after he signs on Mon­day.

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