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Chicago Cubs: What could the Cubs lineup be on Opening Day?

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Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) holds the Commissioner
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) holds the Commissioner /
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Aug 1, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher
Aug 1, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher /

The Prodigy

No one is talking about him, but he will play a massive role on the 2017 Chicago Cubs roster. Willson Contreras will be the starting catcher. He is still learning the rotation, but his ability to throw runners out cannot be understated.

What is not discussed as much is his offense. As a rookie, learning new pitchers and being asked to play other position, Contreras posted a .282/.357/.488 split in 2016. That is one of the best on the team. Additionally, he hit 10 of his home runs off of right-handed pitchers.

Batting sixth in this lineup is great for Contreras as he should get many chances with runners on base. Can the young catcher be patient and control his aggressiveness while at the plate? If he does, look out.

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