William Contreras
22-Year-Old CatcherC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Contreras did not put up eye-popping numbers in 2019 and his stock has taken a hit as a result, but it was not a bad season for a 21-year-old catching prospect, especially one playing in two of the six most pitcher-friendly leagues in the minors (Florida State League and Southern League). He got more pull-happy and his batting average took a turn for the worse, but Contreras continued to put the ball in play at a fine clip. After his move up to Double-A Mississippi in June, Contreras lowered his strikeout rate to just 19.1%. He finished strong with a .290/.323/.420 line in August, though he did sacrifice some of that contact down the stretch to get there. Between his two stops, Contreras had a 19.4% soft contact rate. Contreras is the brother of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, and while William should not be expected to emerge as a top-five fantasy catcher like his brother, he is worth monitoring. Read Past Outlooks
Contract selected by Braves
CAtlanta Braves
November 19, 2019
Contreras' contract was selected by the Braves on Tuesday.
Although the 21-year-old was effective in the minors last season, his addition to the 40-man roster is more so to protect him from the Rule 5 draft rather than an indication of his readiness to contribute. In 110 games between the High-A and Double-A levels last season, Contreras hit .255/.315/.354 with six home runs and 39 RBI.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The little brother of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, William looks the part of a top-10 catching prospect for fantasy purposes. He spent most of the 2018 season with the Braves' Low-A Rome affiliate, hitting .293 with 11 homers, a .368 wOBA and 136 wRC+ as a 20-year-old. Contreras' numbers took a tumble after his early-August promotion to High-A Florida (.253 AVG, .296 wOBA, 83 wRC+), but it was a relatively small sample (90 PA) and he probably deserved better considering he was roping line drives (26.9 LD%) and putting the ball in play at a respectable clip (17.8 K%). It's clear that Contreras is a highly advanced hitter for his age and position. Even so, it will be a while before we see Contreras in the majors. He's not a lock to even reach Double-A this season. Patience is required in dynasty leagues, but the payoff could be significant as so far he's posted numbers which only heighten excitement over the bloodlines.
The younger brother of Willson Contreras is also a catcher, and has a chance to be a pretty good one. He finished seventh in the Appalachian League with a 0.8 BB/K, thanks largely to an impressive 15.2 percent strikeout rate. Contreras continues to gradually tap into more power each season, upping his ISO to .142 last year with a career-high four home runs in 198 plate appearances. He is going to be a hit-over-power prospect for the next few seasons, but as his 6-foot, 180-pound frame continues to fill out, his power could develop in a similar manner as his older brother. For reference, Willson didn't hit double-digit home runs (11) in a season until he was 21 and at Low-A. William will likely head to Low-A for his age-20 season this year, where he should once again hit for a high average and provide quality defense. There are so few catchers in pro ball who project to be good hitters and quality defenders, and the Contreras brothers make up roughly 15 percent of that list.
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Finding footing at Double-A
CAtlanta Braves
July 27, 2019
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored for Double-A Mississippi on Friday.
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Catching fire at High-A
CAtlanta Braves
April 29, 2019
Contreras is slashing .333/.400/.457 through 22 games for High-A Florida with one home run and seven RBI.
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Hits two-run homer
CAtlanta Braves
February 26, 2019
Contreras went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run during Tuesday's spring win over the Mets.
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Heads to High-A
CAtlanta Braves
August 2, 2018
The Braves promoted Contreras from Low-A Rome to High-A Florida on Wednesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
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Launches two homers Tuesday at Low-A
CAtlanta Braves
June 6, 2018
Contreras went 2-for-4 with a walk and two solo home runs for Low-A Rome in Tuesday's loss to Asheville.
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