Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has impressed at the major league level in his first week in the show. It started with slamming the first pitch he saw against the Pittsburgh Pirates for a home run, In his first week in the show Contreras has three home runs with nine RBI.He has eight hits in first 23 plate appearances with three walks, and a double.
Contreras possesses a sweet line drive type swing. He will hit the long ball, but should provide the Cubs with an extra base threat. He will not only provide the Cubs with more pop, but he has a keen eye at the plate. Last season, at AA Tennessee Contreras walked 57 times while striking out only 62.
Contreras has not only shown his ability to hit, he has been flexible in the field catching for the injured Miguel Montero, playing first base, and left field. Contreras was signed by the Cubs as an infielder, but was converted to a catcher in 2012. Being flexible in the field is something that Cubs thrive at with several players able to play multiple positions. His catching skills need some work, but he has improved with experience.
National pundits called for the Cubs to include Contreras in trades for starting pitching, or a centerfielder before the Cubs re-inked Dexter Fowler. Contreras could be a valuable asset to the Cubs in their attempt to break their World Series drought. Montero has struggled with minor injuries, and at the plate this season making the call up of Contreras important to post season run.