Only two catchers’ from the June top five list have remained into July. One of them moved up to number one and the other is almost off the list falling to number five. The three new entries come as a little bit of a surprise since one of them is just filling in for an injured starter. I’m sure by next month this list will change once again. 4. Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs: Soto, one of the newcomers to the top five, is having a rebound year after struggling in 2009. Soto’s average is currently 75 points higher than his final average at the end of the season last year. After starting off slow in the beginning of this season, Soto is now considered the fourth best catcher in baseball as of July. Soto has 12 home runs, 33 RBI’s and a .293 average. Just like Mauer, Soto doesn’t have great production numbers, but he does have a high average whic is a big advantage compared to other catchers. The Cubs are floundering this season, currently 10.5 games out of first in their division. On top of that Lou Pinella just announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season, which means he has pretty much had enough of the Cubs and their losing ways. Pinella is already giving up and it will be hard for his team to not do the [...]
Koyie Hill will finally get a chance to catch his breath.
Catcher Geovany Soto, the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, returns on Friday when the Cubs open a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, currently the NL Wild Card leaders.
Soto has been out since July 7 because of a strained left oblique and played three games this week with Double-A Tennessee. He tuned up with a home run Tuesday in his third at-bat. The Cubs will make another roster move on [...]