Soto, Samardzija Up For Rookie of the Month

It looks like I'm four months late on this, but it appears that Rookie of the Month honors in the MLB is voted by the fans. The Cubs have two nominees, Geovany Soto and Jeff Samardzija and they'll go up against Cardinals reliever Chris Perez and Rockies third basemen Ian Stewart. Soto is looking for his second win of the year and voting runs through Monday.

 Samardzija provided a bullpen boost for the first-place Cubs. In 14 1/3 innings, he was 1-0 and didn't allow a run. Samardzija had 13 strikeouts during the month. Soto won rookie honors in April and has continued to be a firm offensive and defensive presence for a Chicago team that has taken charge of the NL Central. Soto hit .355 in August with five doubles, three homers and 21 RBIs. Soto drew 13 walks and scored 17 runs while handling himself well behind the plate and providing a level of comfort for the Chicago pitching staff.

 

A look at Geovany Soto's year compared to other Cubs catchers of years past after the jump...

 I looked up the EqA (Equivalent Average) via Baseball Prospectus (adjusted for all-time) of some of our catchers over the years. Top Season as a Cub (with a decent number of AB's for that season) followed by career average:

Gabby Hartnett -.333/.292
Rick Wilkins - .314/.262
Geovany Soto - .297/.297 (not counting his 2007 season for top honors)
Michael Barrett - .292/.250
Bob O'Farrell - .290/.257
Jody Davis - .274/.251
Randy Hundley - .268/.233

if you want to try and adjust for defense, let's take a look at their season using BP's WARP-3 (Wins Above Replacement Adjusted for All-Time) stat.

Gabby Hartnett (1935) - 9.7
Rick Wilkins (1993) - 9.5
Johnny Kling (1903) - 8.7
Geovany Soto (2008) - 8.6 (so far this year)
Bob O'Farrell (1922) - 8.1
Randy Hundley (1969) - 6.5
Jody Davis (1986) - 6.5
Michael Barrett (2004) - 5.3

Back to just the bat, the list of top Cubs catchers sorted by OPS+ (with at least 450 PA's), a list dominated by Gabby Hartnett. Soto's 2008 is currently 7th on the list.

  1. Hartnett (1935) - 151 
  2. Wilkins (1993) - 150
  3. Hartnett (1930) - 144
  4. Hartnett (1928) - 142
  5. O'Farrell (1923) - 131
  6. Hartnett (1934) - 129
  7. Soto (2008) - 126
  8. O' Farrell (1922) - 126
  9. Kling (1908) - 119
  10. Kling (1903) - 118

 

Comments

speaking of voting, go to the front of cubs.com and there's a box to the right to vote for the Roberto Clemente award. One lucky bastard can get tickets to the World Series.

Might as well try whatever it takes... 

According to WSCR-
Quinton has broken bone in wrist, probably done.

Good kid, sorry to hear.

Carlos Quentin?

Yes, Quentin.

Operation on Monday, putting a pin in..

The story is that Quentin broke his wrist after slamming bat after striking out.

The story is that Quentin broke his wrist after slamming bat after striking out.

The story is that Quentin broke his wrist after slamming bat after striking out.

I think Quentin may have broken his wrist after slamming his bat down...

Anyone hear anything about Quentin breaking his wrist after slamming his bat after K?

I've read something somewhere about it.

Quentin's wrist: 3/44

Quentin's wrist: 3/44
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no, that's how long they have to pay off the orthopod's bill/ fee for the surgery.

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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 8 hours 48 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 8 hours 55 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 8 hours 58 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 9 hours 10 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 9 hours 15 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 9 hours 31 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 9 hours 32 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 14 hours 55 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 15 hours 28 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 15 hours 30 min ago view
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    billybucks 17 hours 27 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 19 hours 46 min ago view
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    billybucks 20 hours 42 min ago view