Willson Contreras is a Bad Dude Who is Very Good and Other Bullets

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Willson Contreras is a Bad Dude Who is Very Good and Other Bullets

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Lotta ticked off Ohio State fans today, which I totally understand. You win the Big Ten and you’re ranked in the top five, you figure you should be going to the playoff.

But two losses, one of which was a butt-whipping by Iowa, and an Alabama team that lost just once in their rivalry game to a good Auburn team on the road?

  • Here’s a Statcast take on the best catchers (for things it measures, like velocity, pop time, etc.), and Willson Contreras has the strongest catching arm in baseball if you go by average velocity on “max effort” throws. Contreras’s 1.91 average pop time on caught stealing at second base was just 0.01 behind first place. That should be unsurprising given that Contreras rated as the second best catcher in baseball (Tucker Barnhart) by defensive value at FanGraphs. He was tied for third in DRS, behind Barnhart and Martin Maldonado – the two Gold Glove winners.
  • *If and when* Contreras’s framing takes a step forward in 2018 (given his continued and rapid improvement in other phases of the game, it’s hard not to bet on it), the total value he contributes to the Cubs could become borderline MVP territory. (Note: I’m not saying he’ll *BE* an MVP candidate necessarily, but a top three defensive catcher with plus framing and a 125 wRC+? I mean, what would you call that?)
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  • We’ll have more Stanton info and analysis soon, but since I’m here giving Bullets anyway, I’ll just pop these in front of you:

  • There’s definitely no reason for the Dodgers to do anything here that might help the Giants’ planning process.
  • Elsewhere in the NL West, the Padres were apparently un-troubled by the time Preller got suspended for hiding medical information from other teams to do better in trades:

  • Free agents Rene Rivera and Jon Jay (both would be nice, complementary players to return to the Cubs on reasonable deals … ) are in Florida supporting Anthony Rizzo’s Walk Off for Cancer charity event:

  • You mean “World Series Hero” Michael Martinez:

  • I like to have fun on teh twitters:

  • Very good sale today at Fanatics:


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.