NL Rookie of the Year: Soto shined at dark position 

November, 11, 2008
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It's not at all surprising Geovany Soto took home National League Rookie of the Year honors with a nearly unanimous vote. When it comes to fantasy baseball, the guy wasn't just a solid rookie worth a look; he was arguably the MVP of his position, as well.

Soto was the ninth catcher selected in ESPN average live drafts before the season, and the return on that investment was certainly worth it. Soto became the first Cubs catcher to hit 20 home runs and knock in more than 80 runs since Jody Davis 25 years earlier, and that accomplishment really is just that rare. Brian McCann of the Braves was the only other backstop to reach 20-80 this season. If you wanted power from your catcher, Soto was a far better value than McCann, especially given their relative draft positions. Of course, there were also a lot of fantasy busts behind the plate this season. I mean, the first catcher off the board (Victor Martinez) dropped from 25 home runs ... to two!

Geovany Soto
Jerry Lai/US PressswireGeovany Soto came into the season with relatively high expectations and he even exceeded those.

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