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Birth Date5-13-1992
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age24 years, 4 months, 17 days
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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 75 278 248 32 69 14 1 11 118 25 65 4 1 0 33 2 2 .278 .353 .476 .297 19.7 1.9 2.2
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Statistics for All Levels

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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 .000 .313 104 -6 6.9 0 -2.8 0.6 1.5 -0.1 1.5 -0.1
2012 BOI A- 64 266 .239 .249 .328 .358 .000 .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 .000 .282 110 -0.4 9.7 3.9 2.0 1.0 14.3 1.7 14.3 1.7
2014 DAY A+ 80 317 .255 .250 .316 .361 .000 .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 .000 .370 98 32.6 14.0 2.6 -7.6 -0.6 48.6 4.4 48.6 4.4
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 75 278 .297 .253 .318 .407 .264 .335 91 10.4 7.9 2.3 1.9 -0.9 19.7 2.2 19.7 2.2
2016 IOW AAA 55 240 .378 .263 .329 .398 .268 .382 93 29.5 6.7 2.7 -4.7 -0.9 38.1 3.4 38.1 3.4

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 -2.8 -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 2.0 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 -7.6 4.4
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 IOW AAA 240 40 72 16 3 9 43 28 32 4 4 .353 .442 .593 .240 .378 38.1 -4.7 3.4
2016 CHN MLB 278 32 69 14 1 11 33 25 65 2 2 .278 .353 .476 .198 .297 19.7 1.9 2.2

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 1096 0.4252 0.4726 0.6931 0.6438 0.3460 0.7833 0.5688 0.3069 0 0.000000
Career10960.42520.47260.69310.64380.3460.78330.56880.306900

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

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Details
  • 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.

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 96: I Want To Say SchrimpfMike Gianella2016-06-23
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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 Cubsí interesting winter ahead. Heís 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 thereónot 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 canít 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 heís the catcher of the (long-term) future. I think Schwarber breaks camp as the starting left fielder, but thatís 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 0.0
2013 afx 0 .000 0.0 3398 .000 -0.5 107 .015 .013 -0.9 -1.4 0.0
2014 afa 0 .000 0.0 3240 .003 -2.6 58 -.008 .001 0.3 -2.3 0.0
2015 aax 5657 -.007 -6.4 3332 -.001 1.3 83 .016 -.000 -0.8 -5.9 0.0
2016 mlb 2741 .009 3.5 1865 -.001 0.3 32 -.036 .003 0.6 4.5 0.0
2016 aaa 3653 -.010 -5.7 0 .000 0.0 32 -.003 .000 0.1 -5.6 0.0

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