Barn or chicken coop? How one Orioles prospect prepared for spring training by working at California almond farms.

Fortunately for him and Turlock’s other ballplayers, it wasn’t hard to stay sharp. Steve Soderstrom, a former San Francisco Giants pitcher, had years ago turned what was his family’s almond farm into a baseball facility, one that now serves several sports and is called the Backyard Sports Academy. There are a few different batting cage options, retrofitted from farm buildings, for players to use.

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