The Chicago Cubs have tried to be patient with their biggest prospects, but Willson Contreras has forced the team's hand as his hot bat has earned him a call-up to the big leagues.
According to multiple reports, Contreras will be called up to the Cubs this weekend, with catcher Tim Federowicz being designated for assignment to clear room for him on the 25-man roster.
Contreras has been running roughshod over Triple-A pitching this season, slugging nine home runs and sporting an impressive .350 batting average with the Iowa Cubs. He’s currently in the midst of a 20-game hitting streak in Iowa, but that will be put on hold as he’ll head to Chicago for this weekend’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It’s unclear how much action Contreras will get behind the plate, but the team plans for him to be mentored by both Miguel Montero and David Ross. Contreras has a strong arm and obviously has an incredible bat, but learning how to catch a big league staff, especially one that’s pitching as well as the Cubs’ staff is, is the next step forward in his development as a player.
Contreras is currently ranked fifth in the Pacific Coast League in batting average, and is 1.030 OPS ranks fourth among players in the minor leagues.