Willson Contreras
Willson Contreras
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Contreras was one of many disappointing catchers as 2018 was an off year for the position. His primary downfall was a precipitous drop in power, fueled by a plummeting HR/FB mark. Contreras hits over half of his batted balls on the ground so he needs to maintain a lofty HR/FB level to generate power. While some pullback from 2017's 26% was likely, falling to a meek 9% was a shock, though supported by a drop in hard-hit rate in a year where the average rate increased. Contreras' plate skills held steady as did his BABIP, so his batting average drop was due to homers converted to outs. Contreras will be 27 years old this season, so chances are 2018 was more fluke than fact. Expect a power rebound, though capped by a 30% flyball rate. Since he'll remain a bell cow behind the dish, hitting in the meat of the Cubs' order, Contreras is a strong candidate to return top-five backstop status, likely at a discounted price. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $604,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Smacks 10th homer
CChicago Cubs
September 30, 2018
Contreras went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Cardinals.
Contreras took Austin Gomber deep in the fifth inning to record his 10th home run of the season. It marked his first home run since Aug. 1 and only his third since the All-Star break. That long stretch without power is an illustration of Contreras' disappointing season, as his home run production was cut in half from the 2017 campaign.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .865 346 40 12 41 2 .276 .377 .488
Since 2016vs Right .774 909 93 31 122 9 .262 .338 .435
2018vs Left .820 134 13 3 13 1 .250 .373 .446
2018vs Right .701 410 37 7 41 3 .249 .328 .373
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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Since 2016Home .845 610 68 24 89 4 .286 .356 .489
Since 2016Away .754 645 65 19 74 7 .246 .343 .411
2018Home .821 256 27 6 29 2 .280 .363 .458
2018Away .647 288 23 4 25 2 .221 .318 .329
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Not in Saturday's lineup
CChicago Cubs
September 29, 2018
Contreras is out of the lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Absent from Wednesday's lineup
CChicago Cubs
September 26, 2018
Contreras is out of the lineup versus Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
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Heads to bench for series opener
CChicago Cubs
September 24, 2018
Contreras is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
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Day off Friday
CChicago Cubs
September 21, 2018
Contreras will not start Friday against the White Sox.
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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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