Willson Contreras is a Freak of Nature
When Willson Contreras made his debut with the Cubs last June, I had no idea what to anticipate. He was the Cubs’ prospect I knew the least about, so I did not have many expectations for the young catcher. He received a standing ovation as he stepped into the box, which was definitely a good sign, and he wasted no time cementing his place in Cubs’ lore.
Contreras crushed the first pitch he saw in the big leagues into the center field bleachers and set off wild celebrations from the fans in attendance. Since that day, Willson has continued to grow and become a fan favorite in the process. This growth has never been more evident than over the last two months.
On June 18, Contreras was hitting .239 with only five homers and 28 runs batted in, not terrible numbers for a catcher in his first full season but also not ideal. His past eight weeks have seen a big turnaround as he’s posted a .331 average with a 1.107 OPS to go with 16 homers in just 169 plate appearances. This stretch has raised his average 42 points (!!!) up to .281 to go along with 21 home runs and 70 RBIs, putting him only behind…