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Willson Contreras CCubs

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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
516 .271 18 62 67 3 .278 2.9
Birth Date5-13-1992
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age25 years, 5 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2013
2014
2015
2.62016
2.82017
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2016 CHN 24 76 283 252 33 71 14 1 12 123 26 67 4 1 0 35 2 2 .282 .357 .488 .302 21.5 3.6 2.6
2017 CHN 25 117 428 377 50 104 21 0 21 188 45 98 3 2 1 74 5 4 .276 .356 .499 .302 34.2 -6.1 2.8
Career19371162983175351333117116573110976.278.356.494.30255.6-2.55.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 BOI A- 60 239 .237 .251 .327 .370 .267 .313 104 -6 6.9 0 -2.9 0.6 1.5 -0.1 1.5 -0.1
2012 BOI A- 64 266 .239 .249 .328 .358 .257 .337 120 -5.8 7.3 1.1 2.4 -0.6 2.0 0.5 2.0 0.5
2013 KNC A 86 345 .259 .257 .325 .379 .258 .282 110 -0.4 9.7 3.9 1.9 1.0 14.3 1.7 14.3 1.7
2014 DAY A+ 80 317 .255 .250 .316 .361 .247 .297 102 -1.8 9.3 4.7 -2.0 -1.9 10.3 0.8 10.3 0.8
2015 TEN AA 126 521 .322 .255 .329 .373 .267 .370 98 32.6 14.0 2.6 -7.1 -0.6 48.6 4.5 48.6 4.5
2015 MSS Wnt 14 61 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 CHN MLB 76 283 .302 .253 .318 .408 .264 .339 92 12 8.0 2.3 3.6 -0.9 21.5 2.6 21.5 2.6
2016 IOW AAA 55 240 .378 .263 .329 .398 .268 .382 93 29.5 6.7 2.7 -4.5 -0.9 38.1 3.5 38.1 3.5
2017 CHN MLB 117 428 .302 .255 .324 .423 .266 .319 98 19 12.5 6.6 -6.1 -3.9 34.2 2.8 34.2 2.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 BOI A- 239 31 58 5 4 2 27 11 41 3 2 .261 .305 .347 .086 .237 1.5 -2.9 -0.1
2012 BOI A- 266 32 68 10 1 3 39 11 54 3 2 .273 .316 .357 .084 .239 2.0 2.4 0.5
2013 KNC A 345 46 77 11 5 11 46 26 66 8 3 .248 .320 .423 .174 .259 14.3 1.9 1.7
2014 DAY A+ 317 40 68 14 2 5 37 28 66 5 5 .242 .320 .359 .117 .255 10.3 -2.0 0.8
2015 TEN AA 521 71 151 34 4 8 75 57 62 4 4 .333 .413 .478 .145 .322 48.6 -7.1 4.5
2015 MSS Wnt 61 10 15 5 0 3 8 7 9 0 0 .283 .361 .547 .264 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 CHN MLB 283 33 71 14 1 12 35 26 67 2 2 .282 .357 .488 .206 .302 21.5 3.6 2.6
2016 IOW AAA 240 40 72 16 3 9 43 28 32 4 4 .353 .442 .593 .240 .378 38.1 -4.5 3.5
2017 CHN MLB 428 50 104 21 0 21 74 45 98 5 4 .276 .356 .499 .223 .302 34.2 -6.1 2.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2016 1126 0.4263 0.4734 0.6867 0.6438 0.3467 0.7767 0.5625 0.3133 0 0.000000
2017 1591 0.4676 0.4683 0.6940 0.6492 0.3093 0.7805 0.5344 0.3060 0 0.000000
Career27170.45050.47040.6910.6470.32480.77890.5460.30900

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $554,500
2016 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2017Current$554,500
1 yrTotal$554,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 108 d1 year/$0.5545M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5545M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 11/20/15. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 2009 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201826522691242521968471093.266.343.447.2922.935.5-0.45.313.517.1-8.7
201927512671202421764481073.263.342.436.2862.531.6-0.45.013.313.7-8.3
202028488631132221660451002.260.336.428.2832.228.5-0.44.612.711.6-7.9
202129505671172321865471051.261.340.441.2892.632.5-0.34.713.115.1-8.2
202230487651152321763451011.266.344.446.2912.732.3-0.24.412.615.5-7.9
202331472621112221660441000.264.342.439.2882.429.9-0.14.112.213.6-7.6
20243245059106212155642960.262.341.433.2862.227.3-0.13.811.711.9-7.3
2025334205598192145339900.261.339.433.2852.025.0-0.13.410.910.8-6.8
2026344055394182135137860.261.339.433.2851.924.0-0.13.210.510.5-6.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Devin Mesoraco 2013 .233
2 83 Travis d'Arnaud 2014 .269
3 81 Ryan Lavarnway 2013 .269
4 81 J.R. Towles 2009 .216
5 80 Josmil Pinto 2014 .251
6 80 Jason Kubel 2007 .278
7 80 Andrew Susac 2015 .254
8 80 Ryan Doumit 2006 .252
9 80 Desmond Jennings 2012 .261
10 79 Buster Posey 2012 .346
11 79 Yasmani Grandal 2014 .287
12 79 Jeff Clement 2009 .000 DNP
13 79 Hank Conger 2013 .259
14 79 Nick Evans 2011 .269
15 79 Derek Norris 2014 .286
16 78 Chris Parmelee 2013 .244
17 78 Stephen Piscotty 2016 .291
18 78 Devon Travis 2016 .266
19 78 Ryan Garko 2006 .268
20 78 Aaron Cunningham 2011 .234
21 77 Steve Pearce 2008 .257
22 77 Matt LaPorta 2010 .232
23 77 Nolan Reimold 2009 .279
24 77 J.R. Murphy 2016 .162
25 77 Domonic Brown 2013 .292
26 77 Mike Carp 2011 .279
27 77 Geovany Soto 2008 .290
28 77 Mac Williamson 2016 .254
29 76 Max Ramirez 2010 .257
30 76 Carlos Santana 2011 .283
31 76 Mark Canha 2014 .000 DNP
32 76 Chris Snyder 2006 .260
33 76 Lars Anderson 2013 .000 DNP
34 76 Leonys Martin 2013 .256
35 76 Fernando Martinez 2014 .000 DNP
36 76 Kevin Kiermaier 2015 .259
37 76 Preston Tucker 2016 .202
38 76 Kennys Vargas 2016 .275
39 76 Jesus Aguilar 2015 .256
40 76 Jason Kipnis 2012 .262
41 75 Andy LaRoche 2009 .249
42 75 Ronny Paulino 2006 .255
43 75 Eric Thames 2012 .248
44 75 Gaby Sanchez 2009 .270
45 75 Nate Schierholtz 2009 .254
46 75 Adam Eaton 2014 .281
47 75 James Darnell 2012 .235
48 75 Corey Hart 2007 .298
49 75 Kevin Plawecki 2016 .228
50 75 Nick Hundley 2009 .265
51 75 Shin-Soo Choo 2008 .320
52 75 Ian Kinsler 2007 .271
53 75 Moises Sierra 2014 .227
54 75 Josh Reddick 2012 .275
55 75 Curtis Granderson 2006 .257
56 74 Allen Craig 2010 .270
57 74 Michael Choice 2015 .011
58 74 Derek Dietrich 2015 .301
59 74 Corey Dickerson 2014 .304
60 74 Caleb Gindl 2014 .201
61 74 Carlos Quentin 2008 .321
62 74 Chris Carter 2008 .253
63 74 Khris Davis 2013 .322
64 74 Yamaico Navarro 2013 .235
65 74 Jake Lamb 2016 .287
66 74 Rob Refsnyder 2016 .227
67 74 Jonathan Lucroy 2011 .247
68 74 Miguel Montero 2009 .290
69 74 Jesus Montero 2015 .234
70 74 Nick Swisher 2006 .293
71 74 Brian Stavisky 2006 .000 DNP
72 74 Mitch Moreland 2011 .254
73 74 Matt Wieters 2011 .263
74 74 Brandon Allen 2011 .245
75 74 Tyler Flowers 2011 .259
76 74 Cody Ross 2006 .246
77 74 Conor Jackson 2007 .283
78 74 Michael Taylor 2011 .266
79 74 Ryan Rua 2015 .223
80 74 Rymer Liriano 2016 .000 DNP
81 74 Trayvon Robinson 2013 .000 DNP
82 74 Ben Johnson 2006 .268
83 74 Brett Wallace 2012 .265
84 74 Chris Iannetta 2008 .303
85 74 Jefry Marte 2016 .273
86 74 Jedd Gyorko 2014 .245
87 73 Chris McGuiness 2013 .135
88 73 Mike Jacobs 2006 .267
89 73 Matt Joyce 2010 .284
90 73 Franklin Gutierrez 2008 .242
91 73 J.T. Realmuto 2016 .282
92 73 Logan Forsythe 2012 .272
93 73 Jeff Larish 2008 .233
94 73 Joey Votto 2009 .334
95 73 Travis Buck 2009 .228
96 73 Travis Snider 2013 .230
97 73 Brandon Belt 2013 .310
98 73 Justin Morneau 2006 .306
99 73 Chris Taylor 2016 .208
100 73 Travis Ishikawa 2009 .257

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .311 .354 .500 .299
11 vs R (Multi) .270 .358 .483 .303
18 Split (Multi) -.041 .003 -.017 .004
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .311 .354 .500 .299
31 vs R (2016) .270 .358 .483 .303
38 Split (2016) -.041 .003 -.017 .004
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

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2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Contreras showed perhaps the biggest improvement among any Cubs prospect in the 2015 season. The catcher halved his strikeout rate and bopped an extra-base hit in nearly 10 percent of his plate appearances. He has the chops and athleticism to stick behind the plate and may be the long-term answer for the Cubs at the position, particularly because his age and timetable match up well with the current catching situation: If he spends this year at Triple-A, he could replace David Ross as Miguel Montero's backup in 2017, then assume the starting job in 2018, when he'll be 26. Then again, you know what they say about the best-laid plans.

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2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the better long term fantasy asset, Aledmys Diaz or Willson Contreras?
(Buff from Colorado)
Well, Diaz turns 27 in August. Contreras turns 24 on Saturday. That in and of itself probably answers the question for me, given that you said "long term." Add that offense is harder to find at catcher than shortstop, and the decision's even easier, especially if you';re in a two-catcher league.

That being said, you should ask the same question to Mike Gianella during his chat Monday, because he, unlike me, is a fantasy expert. If he says, "No, Mains is a dope, stick with Diaz," I'd go with it. (Rob Mains)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is there gonna be much of a difference between catchers after the top 5 or 6? Am i better off waiting and picking up Rupp or d'Arnaud late?
(Dutch from Pushing too many pencils)
I think there's a big dropoff after the top 3 (Posey, Lucroy, Gary Sanchez), then another big drop after Grandal, WIllson Contreras and maybe Sal Perez. After that, I think you're right, there's a huge mass of undifferentiated interchangeable catchers. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wilson Contrares- next year, 130 games, .280, 15hrs ??? Eventual all-star??
(Dave from Pa)
Willson Contreras is my favorite rookie in 2016. I think you're overestimating how many games he'll play - I think it'll be a bit less. Regardless, .260 with 15 HRs with improving defense is a reasonable expectation. Not sure about All-Star, considering the ridiculous voting process and the existence of Buster Posey, but who knows. In an age of pretty boring catchers (let's face it), Contreras is a pleasant surprise. (Will Haines)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)Jacob Nottingham has started to hit as of late in AA. What should we be looking for out of his development this year & how does he compare with the other catcher prospects in your opinion?
(Alexei from At work)
Nottingham's development will hinder on if he can stay behind the plate or not. Otherwise he is just not that interesting as a prospect. Overall the minor league catching crop is weak...Francisco Mejia was supposed to be a guy at the top, Willson Contreras might not be an everyday catcher, Alfaro still frustrates, McGuire has a light bat, Gary Sanchez might not catch either. If a guy has offensive potential they might move that player quickly off catching because its a longer track with a lot of bad directions it could take. (Steve Givarz)
2016-06-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Grant, I'm thinking about going down to Charlotte for the AAA All-Star game. What exciting players should be down there to keep an eye on?
(Trevin from NW Ohio)
Voting is happening right now, so luckily if you go onto any PCL or Il teams website you can help decide who you will see!
Players that should be there? Willson Contreras will I assume. Orlando Arcia, Gallo, Hoffman from the PCL.
IL guys Josh Bell, Steven Moya, Glasnow. (Grant Jones)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Willson Contreras' defense major league ready?
(Ruiz from Chicago)
Not yet. He's never going to be a stalwart, either. The bat will more than make up for the deficiencies. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you think the Cubs call up Willson Contreras? It sounds like he's mostly working on the defensive end of his game in AAA like Schwarber was much like last season. Can his receiving ability improve enough that he can be the Cubs every day catcher by next season? With his plus athleticism, do you think he sticks at C or more likely to become trade bait or part of the crowded OF in Chicago?
(fightingmoose from Manitoba)
Contreras reminds me a bit of Blake Swihart with the Red Sox. I think one team (or both) is going to make a run at having a player catch 40-50 games and play outfield for 80-100. (Jim Walsh)
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would Willson Contreras have to do this year to convince you he can be the Cubs long term option behind the plate?
(RJ from Naperthrill)
Make me feel better about what our framing metrics say about him. The book is very much open on him in that regard but it's hard for me to get super comfy with a long term #1 who doesn't have at least a track record of being slightly above average at framing. Again, we really don't know but Show Me is still my attitude. (Harry Pavlidis)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Willson Contreras, ok, I see the hitting numbers last year, how is his defense? Is it reasonable to see him start 2017 at Wrigley?
(DudeAbides from Bowling Alley)
Last question here:

Contreras is raw behind the plate but shows a willingness to work at it, and has all the physical tools to work back there. I wouldn't assume he'd open the season there in 2017, but it's possible he arrives sometime that season. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-27 19:00:00 (link to chat)Willson Contreras never put up good numbers before last year's ridiculous breakout season. I'm skeptical of such performances, what say you ?
(Artie from Morrison, IL)
A little skepticism is fine. But unless I can see a player myself, I'll take the scouts words over past minor league numbers. In Contreras' case, most scouts seem to agree he made real improvements last year. (Matt Collins)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Was Willson Contreras breakout batting performance more of a product of his extraordinarily high .370 BABIP or was there some true improvements in his hitting approach?
(Cubbie Bear from Chi-Town)
No question that a .370 BABIP is unsustainable, but no, there was real improvement in the approach/swing path. If there's such thing as an underrated Cubs prospect, it's Contreras. He's one of the best catching prospects in all of baseball, maybe even the best. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)After Willson Contreras's breakout at AA, is he more valuable as part of a trade for a cost-controlled young starter or remaining on the Cubs?
(Cubs Fan in from Oman)
I wouldn't trade Contreras. It was a limited viewing, but what I saw in AFL suggests to me that he's a regular, and a really good one. What the Cubs are building right now -- and I know, you're probably sick of hearing about them if you don't live in Chicago -- is special. It's really special. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Chris, Who do you consider the best catching prospect in baseball, mainly as a hitter, but good enough defensively to guarantee staying behind the dish?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Boy, "guaranteeing" someone will stick behind the plate right now is tough. I would probably go Alfaro or Willson Contreras. Maybe Jacob Nottingham belongs in that discussion, too. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson - Are Willson Contreras and Jeimer Candelario breaking out in national prospect circles post AFL? What should we expect from them in 2016 and beyond? Thanks, awethy
(awethy from Chicago)
Only Cubs questions from now on, haha. Think the AFL introduced Contreras' breakout to some additional eyes, but he had a really, really good year translating tools into on-field talent. He'll rate highly on our Cubs list, I'm sure. Candelario's been overshadowed in the system for a long time, but has just kept doing what he does, and now that he's done it at AA he's in line for some just-deserved additional attention. Excellent defender, solid-avg power...obviously blocked in the org by Bryant, but he's a valuable prospect to have in your system. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Seriously though, what is the plan for Schwarber now?
(JD from North of Victory)
Schwarber is another interesting element of the Cubs' interesting winter ahead. He's a better defensive left fielder than he appeared to be over the last week. He could stick just fine out there. Obviously, he has more defensive value at catcher, and that would help alleviate the jam the Cubs have out there-not only Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan, but Billy McKinney could be knocking on the door by midsummer, and depending how the infield shakes out, Kris Bryant might become an outfield refugee. On the other hand, I can't really see Schwarber being more than an average defensive catcher, especially with regard to framing. (He was exactly average in that regard this season.) The Cubs went out of their way to add Miguel Montero and David Ross last winter, in no small part because those guys are exceptional framers. Both guys are under contract for next season and using Schwarber as a catcher crowds that picture, too. They also have Willson Contreras, who broke out as a prospect in 2015, and might well think he's the catcher of the (long-term) future. I think Schwarber breaks camp as the starting left fielder, but that's nowhere near certain yet. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your favorite or the most interesting catching prospect right now?
(Bryan G. from Temporarily, Colorado)
There are two guys who really showed up on the scene and made a name for themselves. Jacob Nottingham in Oakland showed the ability to be a serious contributor on offense and defense. Strong, big but athletic body with real power projection and a strong arm. Has real chops for catching.

Willson Contreras is the other guy that I've heard a lot of great things about. I saw him in Kane County back when his game was immature and he was more athletic than skilled. Now he's grown into his skillset some more and he's inspired some absolutely silly grades on his athleticism and hitting ability.

Those are the two guys who are going to be near the top of C prospect lists in my opinion. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?
(Randy from Iowa)
Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on the future of Willson Contreras?
(cowboy2024 from Chicago)
I have about 20 Wilson Contreras questions. He's interesting; should be able to stay behind the plate, strong throwing arm, average hit and power tools. IF you're expecting a star you're going to be disappointed, but he could be an everyday backstop, certainly. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Willson Contreras as a catching prospect shown enough to consider either flipping Schwarber or giving up on him as a catcher, and try to get him to the bigs ASAP as an OF'er?
(Elisa from ChiTown Chic)
No, I think Contreras is probably just a backup. (Christopher Crawford)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2012 asx 0 .000 0.0 1747 .000 -0.1 41 -.046 .011 1.1 1.0 2.4
2013 afx 0 .000 0.0 3398 .000 -0.5 107 .015 .013 -0.9 -1.4 1.9
2014 afa 0 .000 0.0 3240 .003 -2.6 58 -.008 .001 0.3 -2.3 -2.0
2015 aax 5657 -.007 -5.9 3332 -.001 1.3 83 .016 -.000 -0.8 -5.4 -7.1
2016 aaa 3653 -.010 -5.4 0 .000 0.0 32 -.003 .000 0.1 -5.3 -4.5
2016 mlb 2817 .011 4.3 1921 -.003 1.4 32 -.039 .001 0.8 6.5 3.6
2017 mlb 6199 -.011 -9.2 4196 -.001 0.5 76 .022 .009 -1.0 -9.8 -6.1

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