Willson Contreras
Willson Contreras
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Although he was limited to just 117 games last season, mainly due to a hamstring injury which cost him almost a month, Contreras still finished as a top-six catcher in standard formats. He posted a mighty healthy .223 ISO, which would have been a top-50 overall mark in baseball had Contreras logged enough plate appearances to qualify, and he improved both his strikeout (22.9 percent) and walk (10.5 percent) rates from his already strong marks as a rookie. The 25-year-old barrels the ball up consistently and he hits same-handed pitching well, as evidenced by his .273/.347/.486 career line against righties (.292/.379/.514 against lefties). Contreras has established himself as a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat in a good offense, and his ability to play the outfield and first base in a pinch helps pad his counting totals a little more than other starting catchers. Buster Posey may go ahead of Contreras in a lot of drafts, but Contreras could outproduce the veteran in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $604,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Day off Friday
CChicago Cubs
September 21, 2018
Contreras will not start Friday against the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Contreras has been in a bit of a slump lately, hitting just .167/.286/.214 over the last 16 games. Victor Caratini will get the call behind the plate.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .858 341 39 11 39 2 .276 .376 .481
Since 2016vs Right .789 887 92 31 122 9 .267 .345 .444
2018vs Left .798 129 12 2 11 1 .250 .372 .426
2018vs Right .730 388 36 7 41 3 .259 .342 .388
2017vs Left .916 133 19 7 21 1 .279 .394 .523
2017vs Right .828 295 31 14 53 4 .274 .339 .489
2016vs Left .854 79 8 2 7 0 .311 .354 .500
2016vs Right .841 204 25 10 28 2 .270 .358 .483
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .855 592 66 23 87 4 .291 .361 .493
Since 2016Away .762 636 65 19 74 7 .248 .346 .416
2018Home .844 238 25 5 27 2 .293 .378 .466
2018Away .662 279 23 4 25 2 .225 .325 .338
2017Home .818 209 22 10 37 0 .282 .344 .473
2017Away .891 219 28 11 37 5 .270 .367 .524
2016Home .923 145 19 8 23 2 .301 .359 .564
2016Away .758 138 14 4 12 0 .261 .355 .403
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Stat Review
How does Willson Contreras compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.319
 
ISO
.139
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.347
 
SLG
.394
 
OPS
.741
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
After taking a big step forward at the plate during his 2015 campaign at Double-A, Contreras raked at Triple-A Iowa to begin the season and forced his way onto the Cubs' 25-man roster in short order. Especially for a 24-year-old, his performance was impressive, as he continued to show a discerning eye (9.2 percent walk rate) while flashing 20-25 home run pop. Additionally, Contreras proved to be an above-average defender, which should give him the starting job again in 2017 regardless of what the team does with Miguel Montero. Although his overall line fell during the second half, Contreras cut his strikeout rate from 26.9 percent to 22.1 percent during that span. Moreover, Contreras demonstrated the ability to handle righties and lefties, swatting 10 of his 12 homers against the former while maintaining a slightly higher OPS against the latter (.854). Contreras' pop and run-production potential give him a chance to finish as a top-five catcher in 2017.
Contreras spent the whole year with Double-A Tennessee in 2015 and easily had the best season of his professional career. The 23-year-old backstop batted .333 with 75 RBI and 71 runs for the Smokies and has played his way into the Cubs' long-term plans. With Kyle Schwarber possibly sticking in the outfield, another good year in the minors for Contreras could put him in contention for a spot on the 2017 roster. His BB:K ratio was abysmal coming into 2015, but he learned to take pitches last year, and it paid off in spades. That 57:62 BB:K is appealing, especially coming from a catcher, but he'll need to do it again before we should get too excited.
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Sits out Sunday
CChicago Cubs
September 16, 2018
Contreras is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds.
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Drives in only run in win
CChicago Cubs
September 15, 2018
Contreras went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Reds.
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Rides pine Friday
CChicago Cubs
September 14, 2018
Contreras isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Cincinnati.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
CChicago Cubs
September 13, 2018
Contreras is out of the lineup for Thursday's contest against Washington.
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Situated on bench
CChicago Cubs
September 11, 2018
Contreras is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.
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