Report: Cubs to Call Up Willson Contreras

Reinforcements are on the way in Chicago.

The Cubs have been the hottest team in baseball this season, currently sporting a 44-20 record. Dating back to May 15, the Cubs also had the hottest offense in baseball, scoring an average of 6.09 runs per game. Since then, the Cubs tallied an average of only 4.64 runs per game, dropping their season total to 5.38 runs per game. For Chicago standards, their offense has started to skid. As a result, they’ve decided to call in the reinforcements.

According to Ken Rosenthal, those reinforcements come in the form of top prospect Willson Contreras.

Contreras, 24, has been magnificent for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, sporting a .350/.439/.591 slash line with nine home runs and 43 RBIs. As if that wasn’t good enough, his peripherals have Cubs fans salivating at the mouth. Contreras owns a fantastic .382 BABIP, a .240 ISO, 13.3 K%, and an 11.7 BB%.

As seen in the above tweet, Rosenthal is hearing that the Cubs plan to use this as a learning experience for Contreras. While the Cubs have gotten solid production from the duo of Miguel Montero and David Ross, it’s always a possibility that Contreras outplays both of them to earn a permanent spot behind the plate. His offensive stats certainly suggest that it could be a legitimate possibility.

The issue with Contreras, much like with Kyle Schwarber, has been his ability to catch at the big-league level. If he can prove that he’s capable of doing so, Contreras could see an expanded role and a decent shot at staying with the Cubs. Should he struggle, well, it could mean a relatively quick demotion for the 24-year-old.

Nevertheless, this move, coupled with the promotion of Albert Almora last week, shows that the Cubs aren’t afraid to change things up a bit.

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