Soto making an impression on Rangers

Soto making an impression on Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Geovany Soto went into Tuesday's game hitting .324 with two doubles, one home run and eight RBIs in his last 11 games. The hot streak comes after he hit .152 with one home run and four RBIs in his first nine games with the Rangers after being acquired from the Cubs on July 30.

Entering Tuesday's contest against the Rays, the Rangers were 13-5 in the 18 games that Soto has started, and their pitchers have a 3.75 ERA with him behind the plate.

"He's looking more and more comfortable," manager Ron Washington said. "I can see more confidence, and he's starting to barrel the ball up [at the plate]. It's nice, and he's certainly working well with our pitchers.

"We know he has the pedigree to swing the bat. The last couple of years, it hasn't happened, but sometimes you're in a place a long time and can get stale. Hopefully, we've got rid of the stale bread and now it's fresh. He plays with a lot of energy, and he's one heck of a receiver. He loves his job, and he loves working with his pitching staff -- the way he gets his pitchers through games and the way he receives the ball. He's always hyper, he's always upbeat."

The one glaring negative is that he is 0-for-14 throwing out basestealers. Last year, with the Cubs, he threw out 26.1 percent, the sixth best out of 14 qualifying catchers in the National League.