Willson Contreras makes his MLB debut


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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs rookie prospect Willson Contreras made his long-awaited major league debut on Friday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-0 Cubs win.

The rookie catcher politely shook hands with the home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom as he entered the game for the first time in the top of the ninth inning. Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen showed great sportsmanship by giving him a pat on his back understanding that this was Contreras' first moments in an official big-league game.

Contreras showed some quick reflexes and he stopped a couple balls in the dirt from going to the backstop from reliever Justin Grimm.

Grimm and Contreras finished off the Pirates in the ninth and the Cubs got the 6-0 win.

"That was awesome," Contreras said of the ovation he received entering the game.

Contreras was batting a sizzling .350 with 16 doubles, nine homers and 43 RBIs for the Iowa Cubs this season. For his minor league career, he is batting .283 with 39 home runs and 282 RBIs.

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