Chicago Cubs Catcher was named the NL Rookie of the Year on Monday. Geovany Soto was the almost unanimous choice, taking 31 of the 32 1st place votes and finishing well ahead of Cincinnati Reds 1st baseman Joey Votto.
Soto hit a respectable .285, cracking 23 home runs and 35 doubles, and driving in 86 runs. In addition to his productive hitting all season long, Soto led the Cubs rotation to a 3.87 ERA, good for 3rd best in the NL. Soto is the 1st catcher to win the Rookie of the Year award since Mike Piazza won the award with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1993. Soto was the 1st rookie catcher to start in the All-Star Game for the National League. Soto also caught Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter against the Houston Astros in September – the first for each of them. Soto has a great future ahead with the Chicago Cubs.
Tampa Bay Rays 3rd baseman Evan Longoria was named the Rookie of the Year award winner in the American League. Longoria beat up 2nd place finisher Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox and 3rd place finisher Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox.