Chicago Cubs honored prospects Willson Contreras and Ryan Williams


On the day, the Chicago Cubs played their final regular season home game, the organization honored two up and coming prospects as ‘Minors Players of the Years’ before the big league club took the field.

According to, catcher Willson Contreras and right-handed pitcher Ryan Williams were the men who stood out the most and performed extremely well in one of the league’s best farm systems.

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Contreras, 23, signed with the Cubs as an international free agent back in 2009 and made his debut with the Dominican Summer League Cubs later on that year.

He quickly made his way through the minor league circuit, spending two seasons with the Boise Hawks before jumping to the Kane County Cougars in 2013.

His season with the Cougars is where he started to shine as he finished with 11 home runs, five triples, 11 doubles, 46 RBI, and 77 hits while hitting .248/.320/.423 through 249 at-bats.

In 126 games with the Tennessee Smokies this season, Contreras finished with eight big flies, 75 RBI, four triples, 34 doubles, and 151 hits on top of a career high .333/.413/.478 batting line and a .891 OPS.

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Chicago’s utility man that can play both catcher and third base earned himself a batting title this season as reported by ESPN Chicago’s own Jesse Rogers at the beginning of the month.

There’s a good chance that not only will he receive an invitation to Spring Training next season, but he’ll represent the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in 2016.

Having him in Maddon’s lineup would give Anthony Rizzo a bit of a break here and there by moving Kris Bryant over to first while splitting catching duties with Kyle Schwarber.

That is if Schwarber isn’t starting out in left field.

The second man who was honored yesterday evening is someone who split time with both the South Bend Cubs and Tennessee Smokies.

Williams, 23, is a former 10th round draft pick during the 2014 draft out of East Carolina and has made some starts on the mound and relief appearances since.

Like Jake Arrieta, Ryan had himself a great season on the bump for this organization, finishing with a 14-3 records with a 98/18 K/BB ratio, 34 earned runs on 109 hits and a 2.16 ERA in 141 2/3 frames.

Don’t be surprised if he’s another face that makes their big league debut sometime next season depending on the pitching staff’s situation.

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