William Contreras
23-Year-Old CatcherC
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Contreras made it to the big-league level as a catcher before his 23rd birthday, despite having just 60 games above A-ball under his belt in his professional career. Contreras hit well in the lower levels of the minors, but did not show much statistically in Double-A after his midseason promotion during the 2019 season. His 2020 was obviously mostly spent in the workout camp until he was needed on the big-league roster after a cascade of injuries at the catcher spot in Atlanta during the season. It is unlikely Contreras makes the club out of camp as he really needs some more work in the minor leagues. The simple fact that he's Willson Contreras' brother will keep him around on some dynasty rosters, and that's not completely crazy as the younger Contreras is a legitimate major-league prospect in his own right, but we'd advise moving on if you have not already. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#591
ADP
$Signed a contract with the Braves in February of 2015.
Resting for Game 1 of twin bill
CAtlanta Braves
June 21, 2021
Contreras is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Mets.
ANALYSIS
Kevan Smith will get the nod behind the dish in Game 1, catching for lefty Kyle Muller in his first big-league start. Expect Contreras to handle catching duties in the nightcap, when right-hander Ian Anderson will be on the mound.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .747 28 6 2 3 0 .231 .286 .462
Since 2019vs Right .794 109 10 5 19 0 .258 .330 .464
2021vs Left .808 26 6 2 3 0 .250 .308 .500
2021vs Right .766 101 10 5 18 0 .236 .317 .449
2020vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right 1.125 8 0 0 1 0 .500 .500 .625
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+107%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+115%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .528 73 6 3 11 0 .162 .219 .309
Since 2019Away 1.092 64 10 4 11 0 .364 .438 .655
2021Home .528 73 6 3 11 0 .162 .219 .309
2021Away 1.133 54 10 4 10 0 .356 .444 .689
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away .900 10 0 0 1 0 .400 .400 .500
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does William Contreras compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.28
 
BB Rate
8.7%
 
K Rate
30.7%
 
BABIP
.294
 
ISO
.221
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.460
 
OPS
.775
 
wOBA
.339
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
Contreras did not put up eye-popping numbers in 2019 and his stock has taken a hit as a result, but it was not a bad season for a 21-year-old catching prospect, especially one playing in two of the six most pitcher-friendly leagues in the minors (Florida State League and Southern League). He got more pull-happy and his batting average took a turn for the worse, but Contreras continued to put the ball in play at a fine clip. After his move up to Double-A Mississippi in June, Contreras lowered his strikeout rate to just 19.1%. He finished strong with a .290/.323/.420 line in August, though he did sacrifice some of that contact down the stretch to get there. Between his two stops, Contreras had a 19.4% soft contact rate. Contreras is the brother of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, and while William should not be expected to emerge as a top-five fantasy catcher like his brother, he is worth monitoring.
The little brother of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, William looks the part of a top-10 catching prospect for fantasy purposes. He spent most of the 2018 season with the Braves' Low-A Rome affiliate, hitting .293 with 11 homers, a .368 wOBA and 136 wRC+ as a 20-year-old. Contreras' numbers took a tumble after his early-August promotion to High-A Florida (.253 AVG, .296 wOBA, 83 wRC+), but it was a relatively small sample (90 PA) and he probably deserved better considering he was roping line drives (26.9 LD%) and putting the ball in play at a respectable clip (17.8 K%). It's clear that Contreras is a highly advanced hitter for his age and position. Even so, it will be a while before we see Contreras in the majors. He's not a lock to even reach Double-A this season. Patience is required in dynasty leagues, but the payoff could be significant as so far he's posted numbers which only heighten excitement over the bloodlines.
The younger brother of Willson Contreras is also a catcher, and has a chance to be a pretty good one. He finished seventh in the Appalachian League with a 0.8 BB/K, thanks largely to an impressive 15.2 percent strikeout rate. Contreras continues to gradually tap into more power each season, upping his ISO to .142 last year with a career-high four home runs in 198 plate appearances. He is going to be a hit-over-power prospect for the next few seasons, but as his 6-foot, 180-pound frame continues to fill out, his power could develop in a similar manner as his older brother. For reference, Willson didn't hit double-digit home runs (11) in a season until he was 21 and at Low-A. William will likely head to Low-A for his age-20 season this year, where he should once again hit for a high average and provide quality defense. There are so few catchers in pro ball who project to be good hitters and quality defenders, and the Contreras brothers make up roughly 15 percent of that list.
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Not starting Game 2
CAtlanta Braves
June 20, 2021
Contreras isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
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Swats seventh homer
CAtlanta Braves
June 19, 2021
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 9-1 win over the Cardinals.
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Not starting Wednesday
CAtlanta Braves
June 16, 2021
Contreras isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.
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Gets maintenance day
CAtlanta Braves
June 13, 2021
Contreras is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
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Resting Thursday
CAtlanta Braves
June 10, 2021
Contreras is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies.
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