2. Geovany Soto 2008
A major part of the 2008 Cubs team that won 97 games, Geovany Soto turned in the best year of his career as a rookie. The 11th-round of draft pick from 2001 completed his first full season in 2008 where he was the primary backstop for the team. He played in 141 games, hit 23 home runs, and drove in 86 with a fantastic OPS of .868. He also caught Carlos Zambrano's no-hitter against the Houston Astros on September 14.
This was the best offensive year of Soto's career and the only time he was named an All-Star. Although he never quite reached these heights again, Soto is ingrained in Cubs history and is one of six catchers ever to win Rookie of the Year.