Willson Contreras Just Launched His First Home Run of the Season!

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Willson Contreras Just Launched His First Home Run of the Season!

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Thanks to blazing hot starts from Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez, and Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras’ quality offensive performance this season has mostly flown under the radar.

Indeed, before the start of play today, Contreras was slashing .275/.359/.406 (113 wRC+), which ranked sixth best among all qualified catchers in the game. As you can see, he was hitting for plenty of average and getting on base at a quality rate, but hadn’t yet found his power stroke … until just now.

With two outs in the top of the third inning of today’s Indians/Cubs matchup, Willson Contreras launched his first home run of the season.

Check it out:

 

That ball got out in a hurry, huh? Sure, it probably wasn’t as fast as Kyle Schwarber’s second-inning home run (fifth hardest hit homer in MLB this season), but it was definitely well struck.

After that blast, Contreras is now slashing .282/.363/.451 (125 wRC+) on the season, which ranks fourth best among all catchers, one spot ahead of Buster Posey.



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami