Fantasy Baseball Profile: Will Geovany Soto Rebound?
Geovany Soto was a draft day darling last year. What’s not to love about a player who tore up the Pacific Coast League in 2007 to the tune of .353, 26 HRs, and 109 RBIs in 385 ABs? Especially when he hit .389 with 12 runs, 3 HRs, and 8 RBIs upon being called up. Then in his first full year with the Cubs he takes home Rookie of the Year honors by hitting .285 with 23 HRs and 86 RBIs.
After posting a .218, 11 HR, 47 RBI line in 2009, Soto’s draft stock took a major hit, and that’s just where I want him. He struggled last year, but is an amazing talent. There aren’t many catchers that have the potential for as many HRs and RBIs as Soto. Injuries contributed to his struggles, but his weight became an issue as well.
According to a MLB.com report (click for article) he lost 40 pounds.In a demanding position, his new frame should keep him spry. Time will tell if the change in body type will impact his power, but he should be more productive at and behind the plate.
He’s not in the conversation with Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, or Brian McCann, but he should be a high-end fantasy catcher in 2010 (click here for catcher rankings).
Prediction: .295, 68 runs, 20 HRs, 85 RBIs