Willson Contreras is off to an excellent start to his season with Triple-A Iowa.
Contreras was rather impressive in Spring Training both offensively and defensively. And he’s continued what he started last year with Double-A Tennessee through the first week of the minor league season.
Contreras played in six of Iowa’s first seven games. Contreras caught four games and was Iowa’s designated hitter in the other two of his first six games of the year. Contreras has hit safely in all six games while making adjustments behind the plate.
Willson Contreras is 11-for-23 with three doubles, a walk and two strikeouts for a .478/.520/.609 line with a 1.129 OPS … an incredibly small, but positive, sample size after six games.
It’s well known at this point that Contreras is considered the Cubs catcher of the future. He has the tools to be a defensive catcher that can shut down a running game with his well above-average arm and 1.8 pop time. Contreras impressed Joe Maddon and the coaching staff in Spring Training.
With the improvements Contreras has made at the plate over the last 18 months, he could be one of the few catchers in the game that can handle a pitching staff and be an offensive threat at the plate.
The Cubs plan for him to spend a majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa. Contreras needs to work on his receiving skills as well as adjust to the way more experienced pitchers will attack him and try to exploit his weaknesses.
Unless there is a major injury at the big league level, the front office sees this season as developmental year for the 23-year old catcher.
Willson Contreras is at the top of a rather long list of Cubs’ prospects to keep a close eye on this season. Contreras is just one of the top prospects in the organization that’s had a good start to his year down on the farm.