2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Willson Contreras
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Willson Contreras enjoyed an excellent 2017 campaign, further thrusting him on the fantasy scene after an excellent stint back in 2016. In 76 games that year, Contreras hit .282 and popped 12 home runs, enticing fantasy owners with what “could be” in 2017. He certainly didn’t disappoint, as he hit 21 home runs and drove in 74 runs with a .276/.356/.499 slash line across 117 games. Contreras was in the conversation for best fantasy catcher heading into last season, where fantasy owners had a tough call between the likes of J.T. Realmuto , Gary Sánchez and Contreras. Well, 2018 wasn’t quite what fantasy owners envisioned when selecting the Chicago backstop.
Contreras watched his batting average plummet to .249 and his slugging percentage to .390, well over 100 points below his mark for 2017. Additionally, he only hit 10 home runs and knocked in 54 runs. The strikeout rate and walk rate remained similar, and he used the opposite field much more in 2018 than years past, but with...