Over the next month or so, we’re going to give our assessment of the performances of Cubs players at each position in 2009. This weekend, we’re starting with the catchers.
First up – Geovany Soto
2009 Stats – .218 batting average; .321 on-base percentage; 11 HR’s; 47 RBI’s; 27 runs scored; 50 walks; 77 K’s in 331 at-bats.
2008 Stats – .285 batting average; .364 on-base percentage; 23 HR’s; 86 RBI’s; 66 runs scored; 62 walks; 121 K’s in 494 at-bats. Awards – NL Rookie of the Year.
Grade: C-. Overall, a major disappointment for Soto playing in only 102 games with 2 stints on the DL. After his breakout 2008 year – including an All-Star Game nod – Soto looked lost the entire 2009 MLB season. He was mentally off after testing for positive for some performance-enhancing drugs during the 2009 World Baseball Classic and he never got back on track. You’d like to think that he will be able to get back on track during the 2010 MLB schedule, but until he shows it, the Cubs might just have an average catcher behind the plate who had a career year in 2008. A major factor will be health – if he shows up to Spring Training in good shape, being able and ready to shoulder the load, that could be a good sign for the Cubs. If not, it’s a good thing they have Koyie Hill.
GM Jim Hendry, Manager Lou Pinella and Cubs fans will be eager to see the 2008 Soto show up at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in April 2010 – we do too…