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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .221 8 28 28 1 .262 1.2
Birth Date1-20-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight235 lbs
Age31 years, 9 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.72010
2.02011
0.32012
1.22013
1.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 CHN 22 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .012 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2006 CHN 23 11 26 25 1 5 1 0 0 6 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .231 .240 .161 -2.4 -0.1 -0.2
2007 CHN 24 18 60 54 12 21 6 0 3 36 5 14 0 1 0 8 0 0 .389 .433 .667 .377 9.7 0.0 1.0
2008 CHN 25 141 563 494 66 141 35 2 23 249 62 121 2 5 0 86 0 1 .285 .364 .504 .290 35.9 -1.8 3.4
2009 CHN 26 102 389 331 27 72 19 1 11 126 50 77 3 5 0 47 1 0 .218 .321 .381 .237 8.6 0.5 0.9
2010 CHN 27 105 387 322 47 90 19 0 17 160 62 83 0 3 0 53 0 1 .280 .393 .497 .321 36.8 -1.6 3.7
2011 CHN 28 125 474 421 46 96 26 0 17 173 45 124 6 2 0 54 0 0 .228 .310 .411 .254 15.3 3.2 2.0
2012 CHN 29 52 197 176 26 35 6 1 6 61 19 35 2 0 0 14 0 0 .199 .284 .347 .229 2.6 -0.7 0.2
2012 TEX 29 47 164 148 19 29 6 0 5 50 11 41 1 2 2 25 1 0 .196 .253 .338 .228 1.4 -0.1 0.1
2013 TEX 30 54 184 163 20 40 9 0 9 76 20 60 0 0 1 22 1 2 .245 .328 .466 .289 9.9 0.9 1.2
2014 OAK 31 14 49 42 3 11 4 0 0 15 6 8 0 0 1 8 0 0 .262 .354 .357 .249 1.2 0.2 0.2
2014 TEX 31 10 38 38 5 9 2 0 1 14 0 11 0 0 0 3 0 0 .237 .237 .368 .211 -1.2 0.0 -0.1
Career680253222152725491334929662805791518432234.248.334.436.270117.50.612.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2002 BOI A- 1 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DAY A+ 89 340 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WTN AA 104 381 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 1 1 .012 .250 .250 .625 .295 .000 106 -0.3 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2005 IOW AAA 91 345 .237 .272 .347 .434 .274 .327 97 -7 8.1 4.6 3.5 0.5 6.4 0.9 6.4 0.9
2006 CHN MLB 11 26 .161 .274 .345 .449 .276 .250 98 -2.9 0.8 0.4 -0.1 -0.3 -2.4 -0.2 -2.4 -0.2
2006 IOW AAA 108 391 .275 .270 .339 .410 .266 .328 97 6.1 11.1 6.5 0.7 -0.6 21.7 2.2 21.7 2.2
2007 CHN MLB 18 60 .377 .281 .347 .453 .270 .474 103 7.8 1.8 1 0.0 -1.2 9.7 1.0 9.7 1.0
2007 IOW AAA 110 449 .331 .278 .346 .442 .265 .414 112 35.4 13.5 2.7 -0.9 -1.8 49.8 4.7 49.8 4.7
2008 CHN MLB 141 563 .290 .263 .329 .420 .262 .332 104 17.9 16.3 9.3 -1.8 -4.6 35.9 3.4 35.9 3.4
2009 CHN MLB 102 389 .237 .262 .330 .420 .265 .246 98 -9.4 11.2 6.7 0.5 -0.7 8.6 0.9 8.6 0.9
2009 TEN AA 3 11 .454 .279 .356 .456 .301 .333 93 2.3 0.3 0.2 -0.0 -0.2 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2009 CUB Rk 1 3 .332 .276 .369 .405 .263 .500 105 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2010 CHN MLB 105 387 .321 .261 .326 .414 .270 .324 99 24 10.7 6.4 -1.6 -2.9 36.8 3.7 36.8 3.7
2011 CHN MLB 125 474 .254 .253 .315 .395 .258 .280 101 -2.8 12.8 7.7 3.2 -2.3 15.3 2.0 15.3 2.0
2011 TEN AA 2 7 .024 .218 .303 .334 .233 .000 126 -1.8 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2012 CHN MLB 52 197 .229 .256 .313 .401 .258 .215 100 -6 5.4 3.3 -0.7 1.2 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2
2012 TEX MLB 47 164 .228 .255 .317 .408 .262 .231 104 -5.1 4.5 2.5 -0.1 0.3 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2012 IOW AAA 5 17 .221 .281 .342 .437 .264 .273 88 -0.8 0.5 0.2 -0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2013 TEX MLB 54 184 .289 .257 .320 .408 .270 .330 101 5.2 4.8 2.9 0.9 -3.3 9.9 1.2 9.9 1.2
2014 OAK MLB 14 49 .249 .241 .307 .355 .251 .324 96 -0.5 1.3 0.8 0.2 -0.2 1.2 0.2 1.2 0.2
2014 TEX MLB 10 38 .211 .249 .308 .378 .259 .308 103 -1.7 1.0 0.6 0.0 -0.6 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2014 FRI AA 6 22 .332 .248 .312 .365 .248 .538 102 1.6 0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.8 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2014 ROU AAA 10 33 .175 .250 .304 .383 .243 .238 99 -3.2 1.0 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 BOI A- 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DAY A+ 340 26 72 12 2 2 38 31 58 0 0 .242 .314 .316 .074 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WTN AA 381 47 90 16 0 9 48 40 71 1 2 .271 .357 .401 .130 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 345 30 74 14 0 4 39 48 77 0 1 .253 .356 .342 .089 .237 6.4 3.5 0.9
2005 CHN MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .012 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2006 CHN MLB 26 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 .200 .231 .240 .040 .161 -2.4 -0.1 -0.2
2006 IOW AAA 391 34 93 21 0 6 38 41 74 0 1 .272 .352 .386 .114 .275 21.7 0.7 2.2
2007 IOW AAA 449 75 136 31 3 26 109 53 94 0 0 .353 .432 .652 .299 .331 49.8 -0.9 4.7
2007 CHN MLB 60 12 21 6 0 3 8 5 14 0 0 .389 .433 .667 .278 .377 9.7 0.0 1.0
2008 CHN MLB 563 66 141 35 2 23 86 62 121 0 1 .285 .364 .504 .219 .290 35.9 -1.8 3.4
2009 CHN MLB 389 27 72 19 1 11 47 50 77 1 0 .218 .321 .381 .163 .237 8.6 0.5 0.9
2009 CUB Rk 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 .332 0.3 0.0 0.0
2009 TEN AA 11 2 3 0 0 2 4 2 4 0 0 .333 .455 1.000 .667 .454 2.7 -0.0 0.3
2010 CHN MLB 387 47 90 19 0 17 53 62 83 0 1 .280 .393 .497 .217 .321 36.8 -1.6 3.7
2011 TEN AA 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .024 -1.2 -0.0 -0.1
2011 CHN MLB 474 46 96 26 0 17 54 45 124 0 0 .228 .310 .411 .183 .254 15.3 3.2 2.0
2012 IOW AAA 17 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .188 .235 .312 .125 .221 0.5 -0.0 0.0
2012 CHN MLB 197 26 35 6 1 6 14 19 35 0 0 .199 .284 .347 .148 .229 2.6 -0.7 0.2
2012 TEX MLB 164 19 29 6 0 5 25 11 41 1 0 .196 .253 .338 .142 .228 1.4 -0.1 0.1
2013 TEX MLB 184 20 40 9 0 9 22 20 60 1 2 .245 .328 .466 .221 .289 9.9 0.9 1.2
2014 ROU AAA 33 2 6 2 0 1 2 1 10 0 0 .188 .212 .344 .156 .175 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2
2014 FRI AA 22 4 7 2 0 0 1 3 6 0 0 .368 .455 .474 .105 .332 1.1 0.1 0.1
2014 OAK MLB 49 3 11 4 0 0 8 6 8 0 0 .262 .354 .357 .095 .249 1.2 0.2 0.2
2014 TEX MLB 38 5 9 2 0 1 3 0 11 0 0 .237 .237 .368 .132 .211 -1.2 0.0 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2142 0.5005 0.4212 0.7414 0.6222 0.2187 0.8366 0.4701 0.2586
2009 1486 0.5188 0.4065 0.7881 0.6031 0.1944 0.8774 0.4892 0.2119
2010 1545 0.5230 0.3718 0.7578 0.5780 0.1452 0.8373 0.4112 0.2422
2011 1862 0.5188 0.3887 0.7082 0.5528 0.2109 0.8333 0.3545 0.2918
2012 1394 0.5129 0.4164 0.7672 0.5944 0.2283 0.8588 0.5161 0.2310
2013 777 0.5225 0.3681 0.7727 0.5517 0.1671 0.8571 0.4677 0.2273
2014 359 0.5125 0.3788 0.7794 0.5598 0.1886 0.8641 0.5152 0.2206
Career95650.51460.3980.75260.58650.19760.84830.44930.2472

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-13 2014-09-17 DTD 4 3 - Low Back Spasms -
2014-07-22 2014-08-08 15-DL 17 15 Right Groin Strain -
2014-03-24 2014-07-17 60-DL 115 95 Right Knee Surgery Lateral Meniscus 2014-03-26 -
2014-02-23 2014-03-13 Camp 18 0 Left Foot Surgery Os Trigonum - Posterior Impingement 2014-02-22 -
2012-05-17 2012-06-18 15-DL 32 29 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2012-05-18 -
2012-04-28 2012-04-30 DTD 2 2 - Upper Back Strain - -
2012-02-25 2012-03-10 Camp 14 0 - Groin Strain - -
2011-05-10 2011-05-29 15-DL 19 17 Left Groin Strain -
2010-09-19 2010-10-04 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Surgery AC Joint Debridement 2010-09-20
2010-08-30 2010-09-03 DTD 4 3 Right Knee Swelling -
2010-08-07 2010-08-23 15-DL 16 16 Right Shoulder Sprain -
2010-07-27 2010-07-30 DTD 3 2 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-05-29 2010-05-30 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2010-03-28 2010-03-29 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-03-01 2010-03-04 Camp 3 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-07-07 2009-08-07 15-DL 31 26 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-06-23 2009-06-23 DTD 0 0 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2009-04-07 2009-04-13 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Impingement -
2008-09-27 2008-10-01 DTD 4 2 Hand Soreness -
2008-09-19 2008-09-20 DTD 1 1 Hand Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TEX $3,050,000
2013 TEX $2,750,000
2012 CHN $4,300,000
2011 CHN $3,000,000
2010 CHN $575,000
2009 CHN $575,000
2008 CHN $401,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$11,601,000
2011Current$3,050,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$14,651,000
7 yrTotal$14,651,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 96 dWasserman Media Group1 year/$3.05M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.05M (2014). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 11/5/13. Performance bonuses. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Texas 8/24/14.
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2013). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 12/3/12. May earn additional $0.25M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$4.3M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Texas in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/31/12. Non-tendered by Texas 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$3M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/15/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2010). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2009). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2008). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 7/13/07. Optioned to Triple-A 7/17/07. Recalled 9/1/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Optioned to Triple-A 3/06. Recalled 6/06. Optioned to Triple-A 6/06. Recalled 9/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 11/04. Optioned to Triple-A 3/06. Recalled 9/05.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2001 (11-318) (American Military Academy, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 453 59 104 22 1 18 60 58 102 2 1 .265 .363 .462 .300 29.4 C 1 3.3
80o 432 54 94 20 1 16 55 53 100 1 1 .251 .347 .438 .287 22.4 C 1 2.5
70o 416 51 88 19 1 15 52 49 98 1 1 .241 .335 .421 .277 17.7 C 1 2.0
60o 403 48 83 18 1 14 49 46 96 1 1 .233 .325 .406 .269 13.9 C 1 1.6
50o 391 45 76 16 0 13 46 43 95 1 1 .225 .315 .393 .261 10.6 C 1 1.2
40o 379 42 71 15 0 12 43 41 93 1 1 .218 .306 .379 .253 7.4 C 1 0.9
30o 366 40 67 14 0 12 41 38 91 1 1 .210 .296 .365 .245 4.2 C 1 0.5
20o 350 36 62 13 0 11 38 35 89 1 1 .200 .284 .349 .235 0.7 C 1 0.1
10o 329 32 54 12 0 9 34 31 86 1 1 .187 .267 .326 .221 -3.6 C 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean39746791701447459611.229.320.399.26412.1C 11.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 33% 10% 11% 94%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201532584691072201763651521.209.301.352.2480.64.8-2.03.07.3-3.60.8
201633597711062001763701550.205.304.345.2460.86.1-1.92.911.4-6.30.8
201734613721092301865691610.203.298.345.2440.86.1-1.92.814.9-9.80.9
201835621731122301867681660.207.297.351.2420.75.3-1.92.714.9-10.40.9
20193644651791701245501170.201.295.335.2390.21.1-1.41.84.3-3.60.6
202037604711102211966631590.206.293.355.2430.75.5-1.92.314.9-9.80.9
20213840345731511040421070.204.290.333.2350.10.2-1.31.44.8-4.80.6
202239604671082211559611600.201.286.328.233-0.0-1.3-1.91.914.9-16.20.9
20234051657921911250521380.201.284.326.230-0.2-2.8-1.61.514.9-17.70.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
32.425.622.115.814.38.2110.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 93 Chris Snyder 2012 .218
2 92 Carlton Fisk 1979 .253
3 92 John Buck 2012 .237
4 91 Johnny Romano 1966 .292
5 89 Chris Hoiles 1996 .286
6 88 Gary Carter 1985 .303
7 87 Dick Dietz 1973 .328
8 86 Joe Ferguson 1978 .285
9 86 Ryan Doumit 2012 .269
10 86 Mike Stanley 1994 .308
11 85 Gene Oliver 1966 .242
12 85 Matthew Lecroy 2007 .142
13 85 Jim Leyritz 1995 .270
14 85 Ryan Klesko 2002 .311
15 84 Duke Sims 1972 .263
16 84 Don Mincher 1969 .294
17 83 Erubiel Durazo 2005 .235
18 83 Matt Stairs 1999 .297
19 83 Orlando Cepeda 1969 .277
20 83 Jorge Posada 2003 .319
21 83 Roy Campanella 1953 .335
22 83 Ramon Castro 2007 .288
23 82 Benny Ayala 1982 .300
24 82 Stan Lopata 1957 .286
25 82 Will Clark 1995 .308
26 82 Don Pavletich 1970 .165
27 82 Ben Broussard 2008 .178
28 82 Glenn Davis 1992 .285
29 81 Lyle Overbay 2008 .270
30 81 Jim Pagliaroni 1969 .286
31 81 Jason Thompson 1986 .259
32 81 Bob Watson 1977 .314
33 81 Eric Hinske 2009 .272
34 81 Boog Powell 1973 .301
35 81 Austin Kearns 2011 .222
36 81 Ted Simmons 1981 .243
37 81 Paul Konerko 2007 .280
38 81 Randy Milligan 1993 .313
39 81 Johnny Bench 1979 .296
40 81 Bill Freehan 1973 .238
41 81 Eric Chavez 2009 .102
42 81 David Ross 2008 .261
43 81 Mike Epstein 1974 .271
44 81 Ron Cey 1979 .313
45 81 Gus Triandos 1962 .207
46 81 John Kruk 1992 .325
47 81 Cliff Floyd 2004 .286
48 81 Brad Wilkerson 2008 .231
49 81 Bob Brenly 1985 .260
50 80 Ron Santo 1971 .281
51 80 Tom Haller 1968 .303
52 80 Wes Helms 2007 .232
53 80 Kelly Johnson 2013 .268
54 80 David Justice 1997 .336
55 80 Andy Seminick 1952 .301
56 80 Johnny Briggs 1975 .293
57 80 Roy Sievers 1958 .313
58 80 Don Baylor 1980 .238
59 80 Tino Martinez 1999 .265
60 80 Ramon Hernandez 2007 .250
61 80 Bobby Bonilla 1994 .291
62 80 Rafael Palmeiro 1996 .307
63 80 Darren Daulton 1993 .304
64 80 Gene Tenace 1978 .319
65 80 Shawn Green 2004 .281
66 80 Bobby Abreu 2005 .313
67 80 Norm Siebern 1965 .295
68 80 Jack Clark 1987 .367
69 80 Hal McRae 1977 .299
70 80 Gary Roenicke 1986 .278
71 79 Bob Horner 1989 .000 DNP
72 79 Trot Nixon 2005 .282
73 79 Michael Barrett 2008 .222
74 79 Rocky Colavito 1965 .325
75 79 Keith Hernandez 1985 .292
76 79 Vic Wertz 1956 .304
77 79 Jeff Baker 2012 .236
78 79 Darrell Porter 1983 .283
79 79 Michael Cuddyer 2010 .254
80 79 Ron Northey 1951 .000 DNP
81 79 Tim Salmon 2000 .305
82 79 Yogi Berra 1956 .322
83 79 Kent Hrbek 1991 .288
84 79 Smoky Burgess 1958 .265
85 79 Sal Bando 1975 .265
86 79 Mike Macfarlane 1995 .248
87 79 Ty Wigginton 2009 .234
88 79 Eddie Williams 1996 .200
89 79 Gabe Gross 2011 .000 DNP
90 79 Al Ferrara 1971 .205
91 78 Cliff Johnson 1979 .303
92 78 Rico Carty 1971 .000 DNP
93 78 Johnny Blanchard 1964 .292
94 78 Reggie Smith 1976 .292
95 78 Billy Williams 1969 .292
96 78 Ted Kluszewski 1956 .300
97 78 Jeff Burroughs 1982 .312
98 78 John Jaha 1997 .294
99 78 Ryan Church 2010 .224
100 78 Joe Torre 1972 .298

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .246 .330 .434 .278
11 vs R (Multi) .223 .305 .408 .251
18 Split (Multi) -.023 -.025 -.027 -.028
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .200 .273 .383 .249
31 vs R (2013) .272 .359 .515 .303
38 Split (2013) .072 .086 .131 .054
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Acquired from the Cubs at last season’s trading deadline, Soto was non-tendered by the Rangers in the offseason before re-signing on a one-year deal. Other than 2008—when he won NL Rookie of the Year—and 2010, Soto’s offensive prowess has underwhelmed, reaching new lows last year. An average defender, the 30-year-old backstop doesn’t have the strongest arm, but earns high marks for his receiving skills. Soto should rebound in 2013, but the Rangers would surely settle for replacement-level production.
2012 With only one trip to the 15-day DL, 2011 was one of Soto's least injury-riddled seasons. Yet something was clearly wrong. He didn't seem to be reacting to pitches nearly as well, resulting in many more strikeouts, fewer walks, and more weakly hit balls. Or the answer may be more straightforward—Soto's two best seasons by rate stats, 2008 and 2010, followed episodes of dramatic weight loss, and Soto clearly wasn't as svelte in 2011 as he'd been the year before. Whether his mediocre 2011 season will serve as another sufficient bottom to help him shed some of his own bottom remains to be seen, but Soto's shown himself to be among the top hitting catchers in the game when properly motivated.
2011 Yes, it might seem as if Soto just got here, but he's already entering his age-28 season. Frustratingly enough, the franchise's best catcher since Gabby Hartnett lost time to injuries again, this time a knee and his throwing shoulder; off-season surgery on the latter should leave him squared away in plenty of time for camp. Despite generally getting marooned toward the end of the order, he's become even more patient while hitting for the same kind of power he delivered in his rookie season. Useless info: Soto led all catchers in outs made on the bases trying to advance, getting killed on six non-steal plays; now, somebody has to earn that unhappy label, but Soto? And not, say, Russell Martin? Shouldn't somebody notify the third-base coach or something? Wait, that guy's now the manager?
2010 Following his magical 2008 Rookie of the Year campaign, Soto suffered an annus horribilis that included a positive drug test at the WBC, an April shoulder injury that seemingly affected his power, a torn oblique that cost him July, and offensive production that sank near his 10th percentile PECOTA forecast. His off-season flirtation with the demon weed and a notably rounder physique led to grumblings about a lack of dedication—and while that may be true, it’s not the whole story. The usual gremlin, BABIP, was hard at work, plummeting 80 points to a .251 mark that was fourth lowest in the league. Soto’s walk and strikeout rates actually improved, and while he swapped a few line drives for ground balls (possibly due to the injury), that would only account for a portion of his precipitous drop. A combination of better luck, good health, improved conditioning, and plus skills behind the dish make him an excellent bet to regain his place among the ranks of the league’s best backstops.
2009 En route to handily winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award, the beefy backstop fulfilled every Hector Villanueva fan's wildest fantasies, generating the best season by a Cubs catcher(as measured by VORP) in more than half a century, Rick Wilkins' single brush with stardom in 1993 aside. Perhaps predictably, the list of best Cubs catchers since 1954 is a bit of a rogue's gallery: Wilkins' one big year, three Michael Barrett seasons, Randy Hundley's '67 and Jody Davis' '83. And Soto, who isn't exactly a Greek golden god in doubleknits, but we can hope that doesn't catch up with him too quickly.
2008 Without qualification, Soto is one of the more valuable prospects in baseball. Catchers who can slug in the .450 to .500 range are unusual enough, but slugging catchers who also boast a well-above-average throwing arm and a pretty good batting eye are among the elite. PECOTA sees some potential for a slightly late, Jorge Posada-style peak, but even at his present level of ability, he's already the best catcher in the division.
2007 Soto got the barest look-see from the Cubs last September, as Baker chose to run Blanco out there every day after Barrett`s injury rather than give Soto a chance. Soto didn`t show much and really shouldn`t have been expected to, but it would have been nice to see the Cubs at least try to evaluate young guys like him while playing out the string. If Henry Blanco goes 10-for-20 in the last week of September, it`s fun for his family but does nothing for the future of the franchise.
2006 A nimble backstop with a strong arm, Soto might be ready to replace Henry Blanco right now, not that that`s much of a standard. The question is whether Soto`s quick bat and decent patience at the plate will be good enough to make him more than a career reserve. He also has some experience at the infield and outfield spots, a quirky (or Quirk-y) virtue for a backup catcher.
2005 Soto, who has a fine arm and a good defensive reputation, hit just enough at West Tennessee to get himself designated as the team's de jure catcher of the future and added to the 40-man roster. His numbers weren't anything special, but he had a better season than Jeff Goldbach, who hit .233 for the Joliet Jackhammers, or Pat Cline, who was June's Employee of the Month at the Topeka Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team AL only league where we start 2 (two, TWO!) catchers! Totally unrelated, but who's your favorite under the radar backup catcher in the AL?
(k3o3r9n0 from Santa Clara)
I'm in one of these as well and I have been playing Ryan Hanigan in my second spot. It's not ideal but he should walk enough that he won't do too much damage otherwise. He has an RBI tonight! Jaso is a really good option but he's in more of a timeshare than he is a backup. Geovany Soto is hurt right now and might be available because of that. He's a nice option (Craig Goldstein)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any non-superstar/star-level players who could be non-tendered that teams should kick the tires on?
(jlarsen from chicago)
With the caveat that I did less than two seconds of research, some interesting names to me are Kyle Blanks, George Kottaras, Nyjer Morgan, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Gaby Sanchez, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Drew Stubbs, Dallas Braden, Philip Humber, Tommy Hunter, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey, and Jerome Williams. (Geoff Young)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Geovany Soto at $3, and Cole Hamels at $23 or Joe Mauer at $22 and RA Dickey at $4. I'm thinking my Mauer fanboyness is overruling my good sense, Help?
(Paul from Minnesota)
Definitely Hamels/Soto. No question. I don't know how much of a bargain Hamels is at that price, but Mauer definitely isn't, and I don't think Dickey is either in a mixed league. (Derek Carty)
2010-07-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dare I say it? Carlos Santana is the 2nd best offensive catcher in baseball behind Mauer, RIGHT NOW.
(tommybones from brooklyn)
You know what? You could be right, although you might hurt Brian McCann's and Geovany Soto's feelings. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on a rebound season from Geovany Soto?
(John from The North Side)
I like the possibilities. As I wrote in the essay portion of this year's Cubs chapter, age and conditioning are potentially crippling concerns. The fact that Soto's in great shape, and was much better after the early going... I'm a believer. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Geovany Soto lost 40 pounds. Matt Stairs is in the best shape of his life. Even Charlie Manuel is making waves with weight loss. So which BPer is coming into the season in the best shape of his life?
(Mike from Chicago)
Having seen many recently for book tour stuff or the winter meetings in December, nobody really stands out. I remain a fat man of rock. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you can visually monitor injuries, I'd think you can do so for physical condition in general. So how come at this time last year no one heard any 'gee, Geovany Soto sure looks fat!' stories?
(Richie from Washington)
Good question. I think it's the fact that the beat writers have to be with these guys for the next six months. It's easier for me to be snarky when I'm only in a clubhouse randomly. Imagine if someone put "Hey, Richie's gaining weight" in your company newsletter. (Will Carroll)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Have you seen the photos of Geovany Soto from this past weekend's Cubs Convention? He has lost 40+ lbs. Is there a point where a player can lose too much weight, especially behind the plate?
(Jack from Chicago)
Never mind him, have you seen Alton Brown? I turned on Iron Chef the other day and thought the man was dying -- just turned out he had worked some Atkins variation. Atkins scares me, both from the point of view of cardiac health and I also understand the boomerang possibilities are pretty good. ...There is a long history of players who have struggled to keep their weight up during the long season, just as there has been some, like Soto, who have struggled to keep it down. Both have their negatives. Will Carroll would probably have a more informed answer to this question than I do and maybe he'll chime in here before we quit. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)So I read that Geovany Soto lost 40 lbs in the off-season. So did Matt Stairs. Is Jenny Craig the new steroids?
(Zeus from Olympus)
I dunno, you're the king of the gods, you tell me. After what Charlie Manuel did on Nutrisystem, though, I have to think that's the diet method of choice. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)any thoughts on what Geovany Soto's future looks like? he had injuries this year and there's plenty of talk that he was out of shape coming into the season. his batting average was way down and his slugging down accordingly, but he still walked a lot.
(spf from chicago)
He had a .218 BA and .321 OBP. The .321 is low from an absolute standpoint but yeah, definitely high relative to the BA, and a promising sign given that we would assume his .251 would rise next season. He would be the perfect guinea pig for HITf/x data given that his balls in play rates are similar to a year ago. The only difference is a 3% shift in LD (21 to 18) and GB (37 to 40). If that data were available we could see if was hitting the ball similarly as well which could better answer this question. Unfortunately it isn't available so I'll speculate he is somewhere between last year and this year. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Happy Labor Day CK... Do the Cubs spend the offseason rebuilding, retooling or some combination? If they're content to let Harden go, as the rumours insist, wouldn't they need to bring a starting pitcher back?
(strupp from Madison)
Happy LD back atcha. Given the relative untradeability of some of the big-ticket contracts they have on the roster, the relative paucity of worthwhile prospects, and the absence of any great team in the division, it has to be a matter of re-tooling. As far as a starter, they might slum about a bit to find a functional veteran for their fourth or fifth man, but it isn't the rotation that needs fixing, it's being able to get better production out of Milton Bradley, Geovany Soto, and especially Alfonso Soriano. Sori needs to send thank-you notes to MB on a daily basis, because perhaps nobody else could keep a season so miserable off of the front page. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Buster Posey was just called up. What, if any impact, does he play on the Wild Card race? Is it too much to expect him to be an improvement over a banged up Molina?
(Brandon from SF)
I can certainly seeing him have an impact if he posts an EqA above, say, .270. The Giants are just an awful offensive team to the point that 2009 Geovany Soto might actually improve them, let alone a top-tier prospect everyone raves about. (Eric Seidman)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)What keeps Kila Ka'aihue's 2008 from being thought of in a similar fashion as Geovany Soto's 2007?
(Connor from Chicago)
I would say a lot of it is in the position. Good catcher versus unathletic first baseman. HUGE difference right there. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)I don't like much of what Jim Hendry has done this offseason but what confuses me is letting Henry Blanco walk? Are koyie Hill and Paul Bako the left handed hitting messiahs? What am I missing? Was Blanco too expensive? Is he injured?
(ced from chicago)
I can understand a desire to get a backup for Geovany Soto who's an opposite-side hitter, but yes, I'd rather have spent the money to retain Blanco than spend it on Bako (or Joey Gathright, for that matter). (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Prior... in 03 when the Cubs were 5 outs from the World Series, they had Prior and Wood coming off of big years, supposedly the best farm system in the game, and now 5 years later, the system sucks, those two are gone, yet they're in line for their third straight divisional title. We're in the midst of a pretty good run by the Cubs aren't we?
(Quentin from Alabama)
Jim Hendry really changed models and became the Yankees. The one worrisome thing for me is that aside from Geovany Soto (a really nice exception, eh?) they haven't been able to get players to transition successfully to the majors. I have no idea why. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Geovany Soto has the best stats for any NL rookie, and he's just called a no hitter and a one hitter in back to back games. Has there been an easier Rookie of the Year choice lately?
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
Albert Pujols, 2001? (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Geovany Soto for MVP is pretty farfetched, but how good is this kid going to be, Nate? As a long time Cubs fan, it's been great to watch him handle the pitching staff and hit, but I'm afraid this is a mirage. Please tell me we're going to be watching Geovany succeed in a Cubs uni for a long time.
(bctowns from Chicago, IL)
I'm not necessarily convinced that Soto is going to get a whole lot better, but I'd expect him to roughly sustain this level of performance for then next half-dozen years. (Nate Silver)
2008-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Q: Should I trade Soto for Adrian Gonzalez? I'd be replacing Soto with Iannetta. Thanks!
(boom-boom from Iowa City)
Well, all fantasy trades depend on format, but as a baseball proposition, I love Geovany Soto and would need more than Gonzalez to feel right about dealing him. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)How about that Geovany Soto? That k/bb is strikingly good for someone hitting over .330. While I doubt he'll keep that up, given he's had two four hit games already, is he already the best offensive catcher in the league?
(Scott from Chicago)
One of the reasons it's fun to be back in Chicago is that it's just fun to see Soto play regularly. Between the sock and the paunch, he's got the sort of Hector Villanueva vibe beyond the pure production that might make him the all-time catcher in Cubs history. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone's projections for Geovany Soto seem to be very favorable. Care to dampen this Cubs fan's expectations?
(Marc from San Antonio)
The catching situation in 2008 will be an improvement on the performance Cubs' catchers put up in 2007. I suspect Soto will be comparable in value to Barrett 2005, with a bit more defense and less offense. (Joe Sheehan)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 10104 16 -2.2 -1.5 5658 5.3 1.6 2.0 -0.5 0.5
2009 7366 13 5.2 4.9 4173 3.9 1.1 1.9 6.3 6.8
2010 7725 7 5.3 4.8 4515 5.9 1.4 2.2 6.7 7.0
2011 9264 39 4.9 3.7 5356 7.8 2.3 3.1 7.2 6.7
2012 7124 55 5.3 5.2 3927 6.2 1.7 3.1 7.0 8.3
2013 3782 12 2.0 3.6 2124 3.7 1.0 3.4 3.0 7.0
2014 1738 11 2.5 9.9 901 -0.6 -0.2 -1.3 2.3 8.6
total 47103 156 23.1 3.4 26654 28.1 7.9 2.1 31.0 5.5

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