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Birth Date1-20-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight225 lbs
Age35 years, 5 months, 2 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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 -2.0 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 9.4 0.7 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 38.9 -4.8 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 7.7 2.7 1.0
2010 CHN 27 105 387 322 47 90 19 0 17 160 62 83 0 3 0 53 0 1 .280 .393 .497 .321 38.2 4.7 4.5
2011 CHN 28 125 474 421 46 96 26 0 17 173 45 124 6 2 0 54 0 0 .228 .310 .411 .254 15.4 16.4 3.4
2012 CHN 29 52 197 176 26 35 6 1 6 61 19 35 2 0 0 14 0 0 .199 .284 .347 .229 3.8 9.5 1.4
2012 TEX 29 47 164 148 19 29 6 0 5 50 11 41 1 2 2 25 1 0 .196 .253 .338 .228 2.2 -1.1 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 9.7 3.2 1.4
2014 OAK 31 14 49 42 3 11 4 0 0 15 6 8 0 0 8 0 0 .262 .354 .357 .249 1.4 0.9 0.3
2014 TEX 31 10 38 38 5 9 2 0 1 14 0 11 0 0 3 0 0 .237 .237 .368 .212 -0.8 -1.9 -0.3
2015 CHA 32 78 210 187 20 41 8 0 9 76 21 63 1 0 1 21 0 1 .219 .301 .406 .255 7.3 0.5 0.8
2016 ANA 33 26 86 78 11 21 5 0 4 38 6 21 0 0 2 9 0 0 .269 .321 .487 .270 5.0 -0.7 0.4
2017 CHA 34 13 48 42 5 8 0 0 3 17 4 10 1 1 0 9 0 0 .190 .271 .405 .230 -0.6 -3.3 -0.4
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Statistics for All Levels

'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 .232 .273 .343 .434 .274 .327 96 -8.5 8.1 4.6 3.9 0.6 4.9 0.8 4.9 0.8
2006 CHN MLB 11 26 .161 .274 .345 .449 .276 .250 98 -2.9 0.8 0.4 0.1 -0.3 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2006 IOW AAA 108 391 .275 .270 .339 .410 .266 .328 97 6.1 11.1 6.5 3.9 -0.6 23.1 2.7 23.1 2.7
2007 CHN MLB 18 60 .377 .281 .347 .453 .270 .474 103 7.8 1.8 1 0.7 -1.2 9.4 1.0 9.4 1.0
2007 IOW AAA 110 449 .331 .278 .346 .442 .265 .414 112 35.4 13.5 2.7 -3.6 -1.8 49.8 4.5 49.8 4.5
2008 CHN MLB 141 563 .290 .263 .329 .420 .262 .332 104 17.9 16.3 9.3 -4.8 -4.6 38.9 3.4 38.9 3.4
2009 CHN MLB 102 389 .237 .262 .330 .420 .265 .246 98 -9.4 11.2 6.7 2.7 -0.7 7.7 1.0 7.7 1.0
2009 TEN AA 3 11 .454 .279 .356 .456 .301 .333 93 2.3 0.3 0.2 -0.0 -0.2 2.6 0.3 2.6 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 4.7 -2.9 38.2 4.5 38.2 4.5
2011 CHN MLB 125 474 .254 .253 .315 .395 .258 .280 101 -2.8 12.8 7.7 16.4 -2.3 15.4 3.4 15.4 3.4
2011 TEN AA 2 7 .024 .218 .303 .334 .233 .000 126 -1.8 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2012 CHN MLB 52 197 .229 .256 .313 .401 .258 .215 100 -6 5.4 3.3 9.5 1.2 3.8 1.4 3.8 1.4
2012 TEX MLB 47 164 .228 .255 .317 .408 .262 .231 104 -5.1 4.5 2.5 -1.1 0.3 2.2 0.1 2.2 0.1
2012 IOW AAA 5 17 .221 .281 .342 .437 .264 .273 88 -0.8 0.5 0.2 -0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2013 TEX MLB 54 184 .289 .257 .320 .408 .270 .330 101 5.2 4.8 2.9 3.2 -3.3 9.7 1.4 9.7 1.4
2014 OAK MLB 14 49 .249 .241 .307 .355 .251 .324 95 -0.5 1.3 0.8 0.9 -0.2 1.4 0.3 1.4 0.3
2014 TEX MLB 10 38 .212 .249 .308 .378 .259 .308 102 -1.7 1.0 0.6 -1.9 -0.6 -0.8 -0.3 -0.8 -0.3
2014 FRI AA 6 22 .343 .248 .312 .365 .248 .538 96 1.9 0.6 0.1 0.0 -0.8 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2014 ROU AAA 10 33 .175 .250 .304 .383 .243 .238 98 -3.2 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.0 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2015 CHA MLB 78 210 .255 .257 .314 .403 .257 .278 103 -1 5.7 3 0.5 -0.4 7.3 0.8 7.3 0.8
2016 ANA MLB 26 86 .270 .251 .313 .406 .254 .321 102 0.9 2.4 1.4 -0.7 0.2 5.0 0.4 5.0 0.4
2016 SLC AAA 10 38 .199 .285 .340 .429 .267 .214 118 -2.4 1.1 0.2 0.1 -0.2 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2016 CAR Wnt 6 22 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CHA MLB 13 48 .230 .270 .330 .459 .264 .167 108 -1.5 1.4 0.8 -3.3 -1.3 -0.6 -0.4 -0.6 -0.4

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 .232 4.9 3.9 0.8
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 -2.0 0.1 -0.2
2006 IOW AAA 391 34 93 21 0 6 38 41 74 0 1 .272 .352 .386 .114 .275 23.1 3.9 2.7
2007 IOW AAA 449 75 136 31 3 26 109 53 94 0 0 .353 .432 .652 .299 .331 49.8 -3.6 4.5
2007 CHN MLB 60 12 21 6 0 3 8 5 14 0 0 .389 .433 .667 .278 .377 9.4 0.7 1.0
2008 CHN MLB 563 66 141 35 2 23 86 62 121 0 1 .285 .364 .504 .219 .290 38.9 -4.8 3.4
2009 CHN MLB 389 27 72 19 1 11 47 50 77 1 0 .218 .321 .381 .163 .237 7.7 2.7 1.0
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 2.6 -0.0 0.3
2010 CHN MLB 387 47 90 19 0 17 53 62 83 0 1 .280 .393 .497 .217 .321 38.2 4.7 4.5
2011 CHN MLB 474 46 96 26 0 17 54 45 124 0 0 .228 .310 .411 .183 .254 15.4 16.4 3.4
2011 TEN AA 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .024 -1.5 -0.0 -0.2
2012 TEX MLB 164 19 29 6 0 5 25 11 41 1 0 .196 .253 .338 .142 .228 2.2 -1.1 0.1
2012 IOW AAA 17 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .188 .235 .312 .125 .221 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0
2012 CHN MLB 197 26 35 6 1 6 14 19 35 0 0 .199 .284 .347 .148 .229 3.8 9.5 1.4
2013 TEX MLB 184 20 40 9 0 9 22 20 60 1 2 .245 .328 .466 .221 .289 9.7 3.2 1.4
2014 ROU AAA 33 2 6 2 0 1 2 1 10 0 0 .188 .212 .344 .156 .175 -2.0 0.1 -0.2
2014 FRI AA 22 4 7 2 0 0 1 3 6 0 0 .368 .455 .474 .105 .343 1.8 0.0 0.2
2014 TEX MLB 38 5 9 2 0 1 3 0 11 0 0 .237 .237 .368 .132 .212 -0.8 -1.9 -0.3
2014 OAK MLB 49 3 11 4 0 0 8 6 8 0 0 .262 .354 .357 .095 .249 1.4 0.9 0.3
2015 CHA MLB 210 20 41 8 0 9 21 21 63 0 1 .219 .301 .406 .187 .255 7.3 0.5 0.8
2016 SLC AAA 38 2 7 4 0 1 8 1 7 0 0 .194 .216 .389 .194 .199 -1.3 0.1 -0.1
2016 ANA MLB 86 11 21 5 0 4 9 6 21 0 0 .269 .321 .487 .218 .270 5.0 -0.7 0.4
2016 CAR Wnt 22 0 5 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .250 .273 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CHA MLB 48 5 8 0 0 3 9 4 10 0 0 .190 .271 .405 .214 .230 -0.6 -3.3 -0.4

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2138 0.4935 0.4200 0.7350 0.6190 0.2262 0.8208 0.5061 0.2650 1019 -0.000385
2009 1486 0.4993 0.4051 0.7691 0.6038 0.2070 0.8571 0.5130 0.2309 739 0.000651
2010 1543 0.5055 0.3720 0.7509 0.5718 0.1678 0.8363 0.4531 0.2491 816 -0.007634
2011 1857 0.5170 0.3883 0.6921 0.5542 0.2107 0.8195 0.3333 0.3079 934 0.000612
2012 1393 0.5004 0.4135 0.7500 0.6055 0.2213 0.8531 0.4675 0.2500 674 -0.003130
2013 777 0.5251 0.3655 0.7535 0.5319 0.1816 0.8479 0.4478 0.2465 430 -0.002136
2014 359 0.5070 0.3760 0.7778 0.5714 0.1751 0.8558 0.5161 0.2222 191 0.003049
2015 872 0.4885 0.3796 0.7069 0.5798 0.1883 0.8259 0.3571 0.2931 469 -0.002764
2016 293 0.5427 0.4300 0.7222 0.5660 0.2687 0.8556 0.3889 0.2778 0 0.000000
2017 188 0.4734 0.4255 0.7000 0.6966 0.1818 0.7903 0.3889 0.3000 0 0.000000
Career109060.50410.39680.7360.58650.20450.83570.44430.264735.4512-0.0016

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 CHA $2,000,000
2016 ANA $2,800,000
2015 CHA $1,500,000
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
10 yrPrevious$20,951,000
10 yrTotal$20,951,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 96 dRep 1 Baseball1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 1/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 3/31/17. Chicago White Sox declined 2018 option 11/2/17.
  • 1 year/$2.8M (2016). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 11/24/15.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2015). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 1/22/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 4/4/15.
  • 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).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .273 .326 .497 .293
11 vs R (Multi) .223 .303 .397 .245
18 Split (Multi) -.050 -.023 -.100 -.049
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .321 .345 .607 .317
31 vs R (2016) .240 .309 .420 .247
38 Split (2016) -.081 -.036 -.187 -.070
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a couple of catcher sleepers to take late in 5x5 keeper league?
(LittleRon from WV)
Assuming a 15-team, one catcher mixer I like Wilson Ramos (people are suddenly shying away from him) and Robinson Chirinos. In a two catcher format, Geovany Soto and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are backups who could push their way into enough time to be better than the bottom end guys who are playing every day. (Mike Gianella)
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 Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 aaa 0 .000 0.0 3954 -.000 0.5 89 .019 .002 -1.1 -1.5 3.9
2006 mlb 0 .000 0.0 288 -.000 0.0 5 .032 .001 -0.1 1.0 0.1
2006 aaa 0 .000 0.0 4312 .000 -0.2 112 .012 .003 -0.8 -1.0 3.9
2007 mlb 0 .000 0.0 579 -.000 0.1 13 .003 .002 -0.0 -0.2 0.7
2007 aaa 0 .000 0.0 3256 -.001 0.5 50 .001 -.005 0.2 -0.7 -3.6
2008 mlb 8257 -.003 -3.0 5321 -.001 1.3 80 .024 .003 -1.3 -2.9 -4.8
2009 mlb 6161 .004 3.8 4009 -.000 0.3 74 .008 .003 -0.3 3.0 2.7
2009 aax 0 .000 0.0 99 -.000 0.0 1 -.006 -.001 0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2010 mlb 6562 .006 5.3 4409 -.002 2.3 85 .020 .003 -1.1 6.1 4.7
2011 aax 0 .000 0.0 26 -.000 0.0 1 -.011 -.001 0.0 0.0 -0.0
2011 mlb 7735 .011 11.5 5173 -.002 2.5 106 -.000 -.002 0.2 13.3 16.4
2012 mlb 6160 .011 9.1 3875 -.001 1.0 78 .014 .001 -0.7 8.7 8.4
2012 aaa 0 .000 0.0 125 -.000 0.0 6 -.008 .003 0.0 0.0 -0.0
2013 mlb 3113 .004 1.9 2061 -.001 0.3 29 -.006 .002 0.1 2.0 3.2
2014 aaa 0 .000 0.0 189 .000 -0.0 6 -.038 .000 0.2 0.1 0.1
2014 mlb 1403 -.005 -0.9 854 .002 -0.6 19 -.044 .003 0.5 -1.2 -1.0
2014 aax 0 .000 0.0 179 -.000 0.0 3 .032 -.000 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2015 mlb 3354 .004 1.7 2259 -.000 0.1 28 .008 -.003 -0.0 1.7 0.5
2016 mlb 1331 .003 0.5 858 .001 -0.2 25 .029 .010 -0.5 -0.5 -0.7
2016 aaa 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 5 -.001 .000 0.0 -0.1 0.1
2017 mlb 738 -.025 -2.8 491 .001 -0.2 9 .044 .001 -0.3 -3.3 -3.3

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