Thursday, September 10, 2015
WSC Birth Years: Geovany Soto
Born: January 20, 1983
Geovany was selecyed by the Chicago Cubs in the eleventh round of the 2001 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut on September 23, 2005, but played very sporadically over the next few years, until he exceeded his rookie status in the 2008 season. Soto won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2008 and was named an All-Star. Geovany failed to reproduce his breakout campaign and struggled mightily in 2009. After a few up and down seasons with the Cubs, he was traded to the Texas Rangers on July 31, 2012.
Soto then moved on the the Athletics before signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on January 22, 2015. Geovany eventually became the reliable second catcher that the White Sox were wanting. While his average might not be anything to write home about, Soto has provided needed stability at the backstop and a little pop at the plate.