2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Geovany Soto

January 2, 2010 by  

In the off-season between 2008 and 2009, Geovany Soto was riding high. The Chicago Cubs catcher had just won the National League Rookie of the Year award, having socked 23 home runs and posted an .868 OPS in his first full season of Major League work.

Perhaps in retrospect, the young backstop rode a little too high. He came to camp in poor shape, and admitted during the season to a positive test for marijuana during the World Baseball Classic.

Impeded by those distractions, Soto fell into a dizzying sophomore slump in 2009. He hit just .218/.321/.381, and his home-run tally collapsed to a mere 11.

More worrisome still, Soto found himself on the disabled list for ov...

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