Geovany Soto

Geovany SotoGeovany Soto

Birthday: January 20
Signed June 26, 2001
Debut: September 23, 2005
June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2001 amateur draft.
Signed June 26, 2001
July 31, 2012: Traded to the Texas Rangers 

After very sporadic playing time in 2005 and 2006, Geovany Soto's Chicago Cubs career started off quickly as a end of the year call up from the minor leagues in 2007, Soto showed great promise, batting .389 with 3 HR's in 60 plate appearances and landed a spot on the Cubs playoff roster against the Arizona Diamondbacks hitting a home run in a game 2 loss.  With 2008 being another Cubs playoff team, Soto earned Rookie of the Year honors hitting 23 home runs, driving in 86 runs and hitting .285.  This ended up being Soto's best year with the Cubs before being traded to the Texas Rangers in July of 2012.

Geovany Soto, Rick Wilkens & Michael Barrett

A few good comparisons at Cubs catcher for Geovany Soto are Cubs catchers from both the 2000's, Michael Barrett and one from 1990's, Rick Wilkens

Soto did have a longer Cubs career than these 2 (2097 PA's to Barrett's 1632 and Wikens 1567).  The WRC+ is what is most interesting, the 3 are just 2 points apart (Barrett-108, Soto-107 & Wilkens-106) so all 3 were slightly above average league hitters which is actually quite impressive since the position of catcher is not typically a strong offensive position (relative to OF, 1B and others).  

Another interesting part of this comparison is that Wilkens and Soto really had 1 great offensive season.  Looking at single seasons for catchers, here is how Wilkens 1993 season and Soto's 2008 Rookie of the Year season ranked all-time for Cubs catchers.

  • Rick Wilkens 1993 season was incredible, he had a 6.7 WAR, the best by a Cubs catcher in over 100 years (King Kelly had a 7.6 WAR in 1886, and even he split his time as catcher and outfielder)
  • Geovany Soto's 3.7 WAR in 2008 is tied for 13th best for a Cubs catcher in team history
  • Michael Barrett's best season was 2005.  He had a 2.9 WAR, tied for 30th among all Cubs catchers seasons in team history (these rankings are after the 2018 MLB season).

Geovany Soto-This Day in Chicago Cubs History

April 16, 2008
Cubs score 4 runs in the 1st inning and 6 in the 3rd to defeat the Reds 12-3 at Wrigley Field.  Derrek Lee homers and has 3 hits and Geovany Soto drives in 3 runs. 

April 30, 2008
Cubs demolish the Brewers 19-5 at Wrigley Field.  Geovany Soto hits (2) 3-run home runs.

May 28, 2008, 10 innings
Behind Derek Lowe, the Dodgers take a 1-0 lead into the 9th inning until Geovany Soto ties it with a sacrifice fly driving in Ryan Theriot.  In the 10th inning, Alfonso Soriano drives in Mike Fontenot with the walk-off RBI single as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 2-1 at Wrigley Field.  Carlos Zambrano gives up just one run over 8 innings and Jose Ascanio & Bob Howry pitches 2 scoreless relief innings. 

June 10, 2008  
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Braves 10-5.  Derrek Lee & Geovany Soto homer for the Cubs. 

July 13, 2008
Cubs send 8 players to 2008 All star game.  Carlos Marmol replaced injured Kerry Wood.  Ryan Dempster, Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto & Carlos Zambrano are all-stars as well. 

September 18, 2008
Trailing 6-2 into the bottom of the ninth inning, Cubs score 4 runs to tie the game on Mark DeRosa's 2-out RBI single & Geovany Soto's 3-run home run.  Derrek Lee wins the game in the 12th with a walk-off RBI single.  


May 13, 2009
Not a whole lot of runs scored, but a lot of home runs flying out of Wrigley Field this day. Ted Lilly gives up 2 home runs to the Padres, Adrian Gonzalez.

The Cubs hit 4 home runs off Padres pitcher, Chris Young.  Alfonso Soriano leads off the game for the Cubs with a home run and Ryan Theriot follows Soriano's blast with a home run of his own.  Theriot will hit a 2nd home run in the game and Geovany Soto homers as well as Cubs defeat Padres 6 to 4.

June 18, 2009 
Trailing 5-1 into the 8th inning, the Cubs tie the game in the 8th on back to back home runs by Derrek Lee & Geovany Soto.  In the 9th inning, Alfonso Soriano wins it for the Cubs with a walk-off RBI single driving in Reed Johnson.


April 25, 2010
Cubs hit 4 home runs at Miller Park (Kosuke Fukudome, Tyler Colvin, Geovany Soto & Derrek Lee) as they defeat the Brewers 12-2. Ryan Theriot goes 5 for 6 with 3 RBI. 

April 30, 2010
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs homer 4 times (Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd & Geovany Soto) as they defeat the Diamondbacks 11-5. 

June 17, 2010   
Trailing 2-1 to the A's in the 8th inning, Xavier Nady's sacrifice fly driving in
Kosuke Fukudome ties the game and Fukudome wins it for the Cubs in the 9th with a walk-off RBI single driving in Geovany Soto.  

June 20, 2010
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Angels 12-1.  Geovany Soto homers & Derrek Lee drives in 4 runs for the Cubs.

July 20, 2010
Cubs defeat the Astros 14-7 at Wrigley Field.  Aramis Ramirez hits 3 home runs with 7 RBI.  Derrek Lee has 3 RBI and 3 runs scored & Geovany Soto homers for the Cubs.


April 18, 2011
Carlos Zambrano and Tim Stauffer of the Padres have a pitcher's duel at Wrigley Field as the game goes into the 10th inning 0-0 when Tyler Colvin's pinch-hit, walk-off RBI double scores Geovany Soto for a 1-0 Cubs victory.  Zambrano strikes out 10 batters in 8 scoreless innings.  Carlos Marmol gets the win. 

June 30, 2011
Trailing 1-0 into the 9th, Aramis Ramirez homers to send the game into extra innings.  Giants score in the 13th inning, but Darwin Barney ties the game 2-2 with an RBI single driving in Jeff Baker.  Geovany Soto wins it for the Cubs 5-2 with a walk-off 3-run home run driving in Barney and Starlin Castro. 

August 2, 2011
Cubs defeat the Pirates 11-6 in Pittsburgh and hit 6 home runs.  2 by Alfonso Soriano, 1 each by Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto, Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin.

August 19, 2011
Cubs 5 Cardinals 4
Cubs overcome an early 4-1 Cubs lead to defeat the Cardinals 5-4 at Wrigley Field on Tyler Colvin's 10th inning walk-off RBI single scoring Geovany Soto.   

September 19, 2011
At Wrigley Field, Geovany Soto homers twice and drives in all 5 Cubs runs in a 5-2 Cubs victory over the Brewers.

June 18, 2012 
At U.S. Cellular Field, the Cubs defeat the White Sox 12-3.  Bryan Lahair, Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena, Alfonso Soriano & Geovany Soto all homer for the Cubs.