Chicago Cubs have a catching core that could be great for years to come

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We are still a long way out from the next crop of stars making their major league debut for the Chicago Cubs. That being said, while the club is currently set behind the dish, it is never too early to look ahead to the future.

Time flies when you’re having fun. At least that is what we know to be true. It has been a decade since the Chicago Cubs signed All-Star backstop Willson Contreras as an international free agent out of Venezuela, initially as a third baseman. It took the club until 2012 to shift him behind the plate where he has become the most electric catcher in all of Major League Baseball.

As Contreras is just now entering the prime of his career, Cubs fans need not worry too much about the state of the position. The team has Contreras under control through 2022, and at just 26 years of age, he is the mainstay behind the plate and will continue to be so for, at the very least, the next few years.

Nevertheless, it is always important to look towards the future as a franchise. The Cubs currently have Victor Caratini behind Contreras on the big league depth chart. however, Caratini has slashed a pitiful .237/.303/.317 since arriving in the Show, leading to the possibility of the team moving him, especially with more young talent waiting for their opportunity to make an impact moving forward.