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
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$Signed a one-year, $684,000 contract with the Cubs in March of 2019.
Hits another home run
CChicago Cubs
April 15, 2019
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and three RBI in Monday's 7-2 win over the Marlins.
ANALYSIS
Contreras has been on fire to begin the season, as he now has six home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.300 OPS through 15 games. The 26-year-old catcher had just 10 home runs and 54 RBI in a down 2018 campaign, and he seems poised to easily surpass those numbers in 2019 if he stays healthy.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .874 285 34 12 38 2 .264 .380 .494
Since 2017vs Right .784 746 79 25 102 7 .264 .343 .442
2019vs Left .958 18 2 2 4 0 .250 .333 .625
2019vs Right 1.351 41 11 4 8 0 .355 .512 .839
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+48%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .824 482 52 18 68 2 .280 .353 .471
Since 2017Away .795 549 61 19 72 7 .249 .353 .441
2019Home .919 17 3 2 2 0 .250 .294 .625
2019Away 1.363 42 10 4 10 0 .355 .524 .839
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
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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
0.60
 
BB Rate
15.3%
 
K Rate
25.4%
 
BABIP
.346
 
ISO
.447
 
AVG
.319
 
OBP
.458
 
SLG
.766
 
OPS
1.224
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Posts three hits
CChicago Cubs
April 12, 2019
Contreras went 3-for-4 with two solo homers in a 5-1 victory over the Angels on Friday.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
CChicago Cubs
April 11, 2019
Contreras will get the day off Thursday against the Pirates.
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Goes deep in loss
CChicago Cubs
April 8, 2019
Contreras went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
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Heads to bench
CChicago Cubs
April 6, 2019
Contreras is not starting Saturday against the Brewers.
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Goes yard in shootout
CChicago Cubs
April 6, 2019
Contreras went 1-for-1 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 13-10 loss to the Brewers.
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