Willson Contreras, Catcher, Chicago Cubs
Date of Birth: 5/13/1992
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
Willson Contreras, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, signed with the Cubs in 2009. He played in the Cubs' minor league system from 2009 through 2015. He had his best year in 2015 when he was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year. That season, he batted .333 with 151 hits, 34 doubles, and 75 RBIs in 126 games.
As a minor leaguer, Contreras batted .275 with 465 hits, 239 RBIs, and 321 strikeouts to 151 walks in 462 games. Defensively, as a catcher, he made 230 assists, 1,757 putouts, and 34 errors in 259 games. He caught players trying to steal 31% of the time and he had a .983 fielding percentage.
Contreras played in 76 games with the Cubs in 2016. He finished the season with 71 hits, 14 doubles, 12 home runs, 35 RBIs, and a .282 batting average. Defensively, he played 3 games at first base, 24 games in left field, and 57 games as a catcher. In the postseason, he batted .256 with 10 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, and 5 RBIs in 39 at-bats in 17 games.