Chicago Cubs: Will Willson become the Beast we saw in 2017 again?

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After putting together a breakout 2017 campaign, Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras took a step backwards this season – especially at the dish.

First things first. Willson Contreras is not going to be the scapegoat for the Chicago Cubs 2018 season not living up to expectations. He showed up, he played with energy (other than not running one highly publicized ball down the stretch) and was a solid player.

He is not the sole reason we are without Cubs baseball deep into October for the first time in four years. He’s also still extremely talented and possesses the offensive tools and cannon on his right shoulder to be one of the best overall catchers in baseball.

That being said, his 2018 campaign was not anything close to what Cubs fans thought they were going to get after Contreras seemed to be coming into his own during the 2017 season. I’m fairly certain it wasn’t what Contreras himself was hoping for either.