|Ht./Wt.:||6-1, 210 lbs.|
Willson Contreras is in his eighth season in the Cubs organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2009 … has batted .275 (465-for-1,692) with 81 doubles, 19 triples, 30 home runs and 239 RBI in 462 career minor league games ... added to the 40-man roster, November 20, 2015. Named the 2015 Cubs Minor League Player of the Year after leading the Southern League with a .333 batting average (151-for-454) to go along with 71 runs, 34 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 75 RBI. Selected as the top catching prospect in baseball by MLB.com heading into the 2016 season ... also ranked by MLB.com as the 51st-best prospect in baseball ... named the second-best prospect in the Cubs system by Baseball America. Named to the 2015 mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star Team with Double-A Tennessee. Selected to play in the 2015 Arizona Fall League All-Star game. Batted .205 (23-for-112) in 29 games with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team in 2009 … marked his first season of professional baseball.
Willson Contreras enjoyed a breakout season with Double-A Tennessee, leading the Southern League in batting average (.333/151-for-454) en route to earning Cubs Minor League Player of the Year honors. Became the first Tennessee player to win the league batting title since Joe Gate in 1978. Set career-highs in games played (126), at-bats, runs scored (71), hits (151), doubles (34), RBI (75), walks (57) and average. Ranked second in the league in doubles, RBI and on-base percentage (.413) while his .478 slugging percentage ranked third and his 217 total bases were fifth. Named to the Southern League mid-season and postseason All-Star teams … posted nearly identical batting averages in both halves, batting .332 (69- for-208) before the break and .333 (82-for-246) after the break. Hit .371 (33-for-89) against left-handed pitching and posted a .323 mark (118-for-365) against righthanders. Enjoyed a season-high 14-game hitting streak, July 28-August 10, in which he batted .519 (28-for-54) and earned Player of the Week honors for July 27-August 2. Recorded a .987 fielding percentage (8 E/600 TC) and threw out 27-of-97 (27.8 percent) baserunners attempting to steal. Collected a season-high four RBI thanks to a sixth-inning grand slam, July 28 at Montgomery. Batted .333 (40-for-120) with nine doubles and 26 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs. Hit .283 (15-for-53) with five doubles, three homers and eight RBI in 14 games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League ... recorded a .908 OPS ... named to the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game.
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