Geovany Soto

Geovany Soto (born January 20, 1983) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox. He has appeared in the MLB All-Star Game and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2008.

Geovany Soto
Geovany Soto 2010
Soto with the Chicago Cubs in 2010
Free agent
Born: January 20, 1983 (age 36)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 2005, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.245
Home runs108
Runs batted in361
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Chicago Cubs

Selected by the Chicago Cubs 318th overall in the 11th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft, Soto made his major league debut on September 23, 2005, against the Houston Astros. He was recalled by the Cubs on July 12, 2007, but only had 1 hit in 7 at-bats.[1] In September 2007, when the Cubs expanded their roster, he joined the team again. This was mainly because, in the minor leagues that year, he batted .353 with 26 home runs and 109 RBI and was named the Pacific Coast League's MVP while playing for the Iowa Cubs.[2] After his call-up in September, Soto had an average of .389.[1] Soto started for the Cubs during the 2007 playoff series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In game 2 of the series, Soto hit a home run into the left field bleachers at Chase Field, giving the Cubs an early 2–0 lead. The Cubs ended up losing that game, but it further solidified him as the Cubs' full-time catcher going into 2008, with Jason Kendall moving on to Milwaukee as a free agent.

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Soto batting for the Cubs against the Cincinnati Reds.


Arguably the best offensive performance in Soto's career came April 30, 2008, in a rout against the Brewers. Soto hit two 3-run homers to account for 6 of the Cubs' 19 RBIs, only a few days removed from a two-game stretch against the Nationals in which he struck out in 8 consecutive at-bats. Soto was voted the National League Rookie of the Month for April 2008 after hitting .341 with 5 home runs, 8 doubles, and 20 RBIs, with an OPS of 1.059.[3] On May 19, 2008, he scored his first career Inside-the-park home run against the Houston Astros.[4] Soto led the early stage of the voting process for the National League's catcher in the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[5] He was selected to be the National League's starting catcher in the game. Soto became the first rookie catcher ever to start on the National League All-Star team.[6] Soto is the first Cubs' All-Star rookie to play in the game with at least 14 home runs since Rafael Palmeiro did it in 1987, surpassing the mark when he hit his 15th home run on July 6, 2008.[7] He went 3 for 5 with 7 RBIs in a game on August 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[8]

As a rookie catcher, Soto called a no-hitter game from behind the plate to pitcher Carlos Zambrano in a game against the Houston Astros on September 14, 2008.[9] Played at Miller Park in Milwaukee due to Hurricane Ike moving through Houston, this was the first no-hitter in major league history pitched at a neutral site.

After the 2008 season, Soto was honored with the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award and the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award for the National League.[10][11] Soto posted a .285 batting average, along with 23 home runs and 86 RBI's.[12] Soto won the award in a landslide, receiving 31 of 32 first place votes.[13] Soto is the first Cubs' backstop to play for multiple Cub playoff teams since Gabby Hartnett, and is the first to start playoff games in consecutive years since Johnny Kling. Soto also won the Pedrín Zorrilla Award, receiving unanimous support during the voting process.[14] Orlando Cepeda was contacted to present the award, traveling to Puerto Rico for the ceremony.[14]


Soto was unable to live up to huge expectations in 2009, only posting a .218 batting average and 47 RBI. In June 2009, Soto was revealed to have tested positive for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic.[15] While the MLB did not take any disciplinary actions, the International Baseball Federation has banned him from playing internationally for two years.[16]

In 2010, Soto batted .280 with 17 home runs.[17] In 2011, Soto batted .228 with 17 home runs.[17] He led major league catchers in errors committed, with 13, and had the lowest fielding percentage, at .987.[18][19]

Texas Rangers

On July 30, 2012, Soto was traded to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham.[20] In 47 games with Texas in 2012, he hit .196 with 5 HR and 25 RBI.

Soto spent 2013 as the backup catcher to A. J. Pierzynski. On June 4, 2013, Soto played his first career game at third base. On July 29, Soto hit a walk-off home run against the Angels. The Rangers entered the bottom of the ninth down by 1 before Pierzynski, the designated hitter, hit a solo home run to tie the game. In 54 games in 2013, Soto hit .245/.328/.466 with 9 HR and 22 RBI. On November 5, Soto signed a one-year, $3.05 million deal with incentives with the Rangers to be their primary catcher.[21]

Due to injuries to his knee and foot, Soto was on the disabled list for the first half of the 2014 season.[22] On July 9, 2014, Soto was arrested on a charge of cocaine possession.[23]

Oakland Athletics

On August 24, 2014, the Rangers traded Soto to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.[24] He appeared in 11 games and batted .262 with 8 RBI.

Chicago White Sox

Soto signed a minor league 1-year deal with the Chicago White Sox on January 22, 2015. He hit 9 home runs and drove in 21 RBI in 78 games with the White Sox.[25]

Anaheim Angels

On November 24, 2015, Soto signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He played in 26 games, with 86 at bats and 4 home runs.[26]

Chicago White Sox (second stint)

Soto signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on January 6, 2017.[27] Soto made the White Sox Opening Day roster. His contract also included a club option for the 2018 season.[28] On April 6, Soto hit his first two home runs on the White Sox (three-run homer in the third inning and a solo home run in the seventh inning), his fourth career multi-home run game, his first since 2011 on the Chicago Cubs. He finished the game logging two hits, two runs, and four RBIs.[29] On April 8, Soto hit a solo-home run in the sixth right after Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer. This was Soto's third of the season in four games.[30] On April 13, Soto was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of an inflamed right elbow.[31] On May 15, 2017, it was revealed that Soto would undergo surgery on his injured elbow for debridement, ruling him out for an additional three weeks.[32]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Stats: Individual Player Game Log – Geovany Soto C". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Player Statistics: Geovany Soto". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Mike Scarr (May 9, 2008). "Soto catches Gillette rookie honor". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  4. ^ "Geovany Soto's inside-the-park homer paces Cubs' 7–2 win". Los Angeles Times. May 20, 2008. Archived from the original on May 21, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  5. ^ Lester Jiménez (July 1, 2008). "Soto se consolida en la votación". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  6. ^ Carrie Muskat (July 6, 2008). "Cubs send seven to All-Star Game". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  7. ^ "Geovany celebró con su 15to. bambinazo". Primera Hora (in Spanish). July 7, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  8. ^ "Geovany Soto estuvo colosal con siete remolcadas". Primera Hora (in Spanish). August 27, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  9. ^ Roberto Colón Segarra (September 16, 2008). "Gesta con toque criollo". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  10. ^ Carrie Muskat (October 22, 2008). "Soto, Longoria recognized by players". Retrieved October 22, 2008.
  11. ^ "Rays' Longoria, Cubs' Soto win rookie of year awards". November 10, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  12. ^ "Geovany Soto Stats -". Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "2008 MLB Awards: NL Rookie of the Year". November 10, 2008.
  14. ^ a b ""Peruchín" Cepeda encabeza acto en honor de Soto" (in Spanish). El Expresso de Puerto Rico. November 26, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2009.
  15. ^ "Geovany Soto embarrassed by positive drug test at World Baseball Classic". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  16. ^ "Cubs' Soto won't be suspended for positive marijuana test at WBC". June 25, 2009. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  17. ^ a b "Geovany Soto Statistics and History". Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  18. ^ "2011 Major League Baseball Fielding Leaders". Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  19. ^ "2013 Regular Season MLB Baseball C Fielding Statistics – Major League Baseball – ESPN". Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  20. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 30, 2012). "Rangers Acquire Geovany Soto".
  21. ^ Durrett, Richard (November 5, 2013). "Rangers: Geovany Soto is 'primary' catcher". ESPN Dallas.
  22. ^ "Royals acquire RHP Jason Frasor from Rangers". Associated Press. July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  23. ^ "Rangers C Soto arrested for marijuana possession". Associated Press. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  24. ^ Watkins, Calvin (August 24, 2014). "A's acquire Geovany Soto". Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  25. ^ "White Sox agree to deals with Soto, Penny". Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  26. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (November 24, 2015). "Angels sign veteran catcher Geovany Soto to one-year, $2.8-million deal". Retrieved April 2, 2017 – via LA Times.
  27. ^ Kane, Colleen. "White Sox bring back catcher Geovany Soto on minor-league deal". Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  28. ^ Kane, Colleen. "New faces on the White Sox: Geovany Soto wants to 'return the favor' as catching mentor". Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  29. ^ Schoch, Matt (April 6, 2017). "Davidson, Soto power White Sox past Tigers, 11-2". AP News. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  30. ^ Cassidy, Jack (April 8, 2017). "Garcia, White Sox hand Twins first loss with 6-2 win". AP News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  31. ^ Merkin, Scott (April 13, 2017). "White Sox catcher Geovany Soto goes on DL". Major League Baseball. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  32. ^ Trezza, Joe. "Geovany Soto to undergo elbow surgery". MLB. Retrieved May 15, 2017.

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2001 Chicago Cubs season

The 2001 Chicago Cubs season was the 130th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 126th in the National League and the 86th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League Central with a record of 88–74.

2001 Major League Baseball draft

The 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 5 and 6.

2005 Chicago Cubs season

The 2005 Chicago Cubs season was the 134th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 130th in the National League and the 90th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished 79–83, 4th place in the NL Central. This was the first season for the WGN-TV broadcast pairing of Bob Brenly and Len Kasper.

2008 Chicago Cubs season

The 2008 Chicago Cubs season was the 137th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 133rd in the National League and the 93rd at Wrigley Field. The season began at home on March 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs were champions of the National League Central Division for the second year in a row, accumulating 97 regular season wins—the most since 1945. It was the first time since 1908 that the Cubs made postseason appearances in consecutive seasons.At the All-Star break in July, the Cubs led the NL Central and were tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the best record in the major leagues. They tied a National League record with eight players selected to the All-Star team.On September 20, the Cubs clinched the NL Central championship with a 5–4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite their regular season success, the team did not advance past the first round of the playoffs; they were swept 3–0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Lou Piniella, in his second year as the Cubs' manager, won the National League's Manager of the Year Award in 2008. In addition, catcher Geovany Soto won the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 79th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York City, home of the New York Yankees, on July 15, 2008 and began at 8:47 p.m. ET. The game ended at 1:38 a.m. ET the following morning. The home American League won 4–3 in 15 innings, giving home field advantage in the 2008 World Series to the AL champion, which eventually came to be the Tampa Bay Rays.

By length of time, this was the longest MLB All-Star Game in history (4 hours and 50 minutes), and it also tied the mark for the longest game by innings played at 15 with the 1967 All-Star Game. Second baseman Dan Uggla of the Florida Marlins committed three errors, an All-Star Game record, none of which resulted in a run. J. D. Drew of the Boston Red Sox was named Most Valuable Player due to his two-run game-tying home run in the seventh inning. Drew won a Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid and the Ted Williams Trophy. It was the second All-Star Game in which the winning run was batted in by the Texas Rangers' Michael Young.

2009 Chicago Cubs season

The 2009 Chicago Cubs season was the 138th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 134th in the National League and the 94th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs, attempting to win the NL Central division for the third consecutive season, fell short by finishing in second place with a record of 83–78.

2014 American League Wild Card Game

The 2014 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. It was held on September 30, 2014. The Royals won by a score of 9–8 in 12 innings, and advanced to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 American League Division Series.This was the second postseason meeting between the Athletics and Royals, having first met in the 1981 ALDS (Athletics won 3–0).

The 12-inning contest tied the then record for the longest (by innings) "winner-take-all" game in postseason history, shared with Game 7 of the 1924 World Series. This record was subsequently broken by the 2018 National League Wild Card Game .

2017 Chicago White Sox season

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Baseball America Rookie of the Year Award

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Chicago Cubs award winners and league leaders

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Geovani or Geovany or Geovanni or Giovane or Giovani or Giovanni, a form of the given name John, may refer to:

Geovany Baca (born 1971), Honduran boxer

Giovane Élber (born 1972), Brazilian footballer

Geovani Faria da Silva (born 1964) Brazilian footballer

Giovane Gávio (born 1970), Brazilian volleyball player

Geovanni (born 1980), Brazilian footballer

Giovani Luiz Neitzke (born 1989), Brazilian footballer

Giovani dos Santos (born 1989), Mexican footballer

Geovany Soto (born 1983), Puerto Rican baseballer

Iván DeJesús

Iván Alvarez DeJesús (born January 9, 1953), is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball shortstop and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and Detroit Tigers, for 15 seasond (1974–1988).

Jake Brigham

Jacob Daniel Brigham (born February 10, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO League. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2015 with the Atlanta Braves, and has also played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Koyie Hill

Koyie Dolan Hill (pronounced 'Koy') (born March 9, 1979) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, and Philadelphia Phillies. Hill resumed his playing career when he signed with the Kansas Stars in 2016.

Major League Baseball Rookie of the Month Award

The Rookie of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league every month of the regular season.

Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award

In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is annually given to one player from each league as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). The award was established in 1940 by the Chicago chapter of the BBWAA, which selected an annual winner from 1940 through 1946. The award became national in 1947; Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers' second baseman, won the inaugural award. One award was presented for both leagues in 1947 and 1948; since 1949, the honor has been given to one player each in the National and American League. Originally, the award was known as the J. Louis Comiskey Memorial Award, named after the Chicago White Sox owner of the 1930s. The award was renamed the Jackie Robinson Award in July 1987, 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line.

Of the 140 players named Rookie of the Year (as of 2016), 16 have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame—Jackie Robinson, five American League players, and ten others from the National League. The award has been shared twice: once by Butch Metzger and Pat Zachry of the National League in 1976; and once by John Castino and Alfredo Griffin of the American League in 1979. Members of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers have won the most awards of any franchise (with 18), twice the total of the New York Yankees, and members of the Philadelphia and Oakland Athletics (eight), who have produced the most in the American League. Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki are the only two players who have been named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same year, and Fernando Valenzuela is the only player to have won Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award in the same year. Sam Jethroe is the oldest player to have won the award, at age 32, 33 days older than 2000 winner Kazuhiro Sasaki (also 32). Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves are the most recent winners.

Ramón Martínez (infielder)

Ramón E. Martínez (born October 10, 1972) is a retired Major League Baseball utility infielder. He is the cousin of catcher Geovany Soto.

Ryan Theriot

Ryan Stewart Theriot (; born December 7, 1979) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and second baseman.

A shortstop in college, Theriot was converted to second base for his major league debut, but played shortstop throughout the 2007–2009 seasons. Theriot then was switched back to second base to make room for the rookie Starlin Castro, who took his spot at shortstop on May 7, 2010. Theriot also played third base, right field, and left field.

Preceded by
Ryan Braun
Baseball America Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Andrew McCutchen
Preceded by
Ryan Braun
Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
J. A. Happ
Preceded by
Ryan Braun
Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball NL Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ryan Braun
Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Carlos Ruiz
Topps Rookie All-Star Catcher
Succeeded by
Omir Santos


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