Geovany Soto, who is expected to become the Cubs' No. 1 catcher this season, is building on a season in which he was named MVP of the Pacific Coast League and one of the Cubs call-ups in the pennant race.

"It felt pretty good [to win the MVP]," Soto told MLBPLAYERS.com in one of this week's Players Talk shows. "Most important for me was that confidence. I got really good confidence. The first moment was great for me and after that I just said, 'Why not?! Why not hit .350, .370.' I just stuck with my stroke, never got in a slump, never went bad, so I just kept hitting the ball."

With the departure of Jason Kendall, Soto is the first catcher on the Cubs' depth chart. In 2007, the 25-year-old hit .353 with 26 homers and 109 RBIs.