Chicago Cubs: Five predictions for the second half
Willson Contreras is here to stay
One of the more “low-key” additions was when the Cubs called up Willson Contreras. With Miguel Montero struggling with injury as well as his performance, and David Ross unable to catch every day the young Contreras got the call. Many, myself included, expected this to be a quick cup of coffee for the young man before eventually coming back in September. Instead, this has the feel of another Kyle Schwarber, doesn’t it?
With the versatility the Cubs have, Maddon has been able to carry three catchers on several occasions in his tenure in Chicago. It’s even easier when your catchers are able to play first base as well as patrol left field when you ask them to–with little experience ever doing it prior. Again, Schwarber, am I right?
The Cubs may be taking the opportunity to allow Contreras to gain confidence and experience on the field while also learning from two veterans in Ross and Montero. He’s added a bit of life into a position that is going to need it soon, and his overflowing confidence is what the team needs. Can he press his way into the conversation for the Rookie of the Year? It’s an uphill battle, but if he can continue to play as he has he could unseat Corey Seager of the Dodgers as the frontrunner.
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