Geovany Soto is a 24-year-old catcher in his third season at AAA, and what a charm is has been. In a third fewer ABs, he has doubled his 2006 HR total and nearly surpassed his career-high doubles total. His season did not go unnoticed as he was named to the 2007 XM Satellite Futures Game. However, this boost in production seems surprising as Soto showed little offensive progress when he repeated the level in 2006. Going for the three-peat set the impression that Soto had peaked despite being just 24-years-old.
Prospect guru John Sickels had this to say about Geovany:
Baseball America also implied a stagnation of skills when it mentioned that Soto repeated his 2005 AAAseason in 2006 after impressing in Spring Training 2006. However, the prospect ranked #17 in the Cubs organization at the beginning of the season also elicited these postives:
What has likely occurred is Soto learned to adjust his line drive swing to get some loft on the ball. If that change is taken with him to Chicago, then, at 24-years-old, Soto has a chance to do what former catcher Michael Barrett did at the plate - sans fighting with his teammates.