Willson Contreras has put up impressive numbers for Iowa Cubs
Willson Contreras did not start Wednesday. Contreras received the day off in the I-Cubs 9-1 loss to El Paso. Considering Contreras went deep in the first two games of the series, Marty Pevey probably wished he could have used him.
Batting second in Iowa’s lineup Tuesday, Contreras hit his fourth homer of the season. Contreras went yard Monday and Tuesday and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games.
Willson Contreras is 10-for-35 over his last 10 games with six walks and nine strikeouts.
After beginning the season with a .344/.423/.410 slash line that included four doubles and a .832 OPS in 16 games, Contreras has actually shown improvement in his last 23 games.
This month, Contreras is hitting .313/.423/.588 with five doubles, a triple and five home runs for a 1.010 OPS. Contreras has as many walks (14) as strikeouts (14) in his last 80 at-bats.
Looking at the stats and following his performances at the plate, Contreras puts together professional at-bats just about every time he steps in the box. And seeing his patience remain virtually the same while increasing his power numbers is more than impressive.
Versus left-handed pitchers, Contreras has hit .342/.444/.500 with three doubles and a home run for a .944 OPS in 38 at bats. Against right-handed pitchers, Contreras has a .320/.415/.515 slash line with six doubles, a triple and four home runs for a .929 OPS.
Willson Contreras has received 141 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa in 39 games. Contreras is hitting .326/.423/.511 with a .933 OPS. Contreras has nine doubles, a triple and five home runs with 22 walks and 22 strikeouts.
Contreras has reached base safely with either a hit or a walk in 36 of the 39 games he’s played in this season.
The PCL is an extremely hitter-friendly. Contreras’ numbers are that but the patience is part of the process that the environment cannot elevate.