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Contreras hit his first spring training home run in Monday's 4-4 tie against the White Sox. (2/28/2017)
Profiles: 2017 (Click Year to Expand / Close)
|Profile: On a team of young superstars, Willson Contreras certainly made a name for himself in 2016. As a catcher, he has offensive upside that few behind the plate possess. He recorded 283 plate appearances in his first appearance at the big league level, reaching base at the same steady rate (.357) that those who followed him in the minors had become accustomed to. His park-adjusted offense came in 26% above league average and was better than any of the catchers that qualified. His .206 isolated power would have had him second among catchers had he had enough plate appearances to qualify, so there's legitimate power to his game. One figure that was a touch high was his strikeouts, where he punched out 23.7% of the time, whiffing at 13.9% of pitches. His minor league numbers from the last couple of seasons indicate that number should come down with more time to adjust in 2017. His strikeout rates came in at 13% or below at both the Triple-A and Double-A level. Which should lend itself to an increase in his low contact rate, which was just 70.7%. He also has the athleticism to add a few swipes to his stat sheet as well. As a catcher, he's an extremely intriguing offensive quantity and could very well be among the best with the stick among the group behind the plate in '17. (Randy Holt)|
The Quick Opinion: After homering in his first major league at-bat, Willson Contreras never looked back as he nailed down the starting catcher gig heading into 2017. He demonstrated good on-base skills, with a .357 OBP, and decent power, as indicated by a .206 ISO, that should bode well for him as an offensive catcher in 2017.