Cubs News: Giving key players their 2020 letter grades

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Catchers were on paper of the significant strengths of the Chicago Cubs going into 2020. The results were mixed

Willson Contreras: B

It was an odd year for Willy. He started very well, went into an awful slump, then started picking it up again. He slashed .243/.356/.407 with seven home runs and a .763 OPS. Not his best year hitting, but he had his moments. The biggest compliment I can give was the improved pitch framing that did him and his battery mates many favors. Sure the batting stats could be better, but he did an excellent job at getting on base.

Victor Caratini: C-

After his breakout season last year, 2020 was not awful, but it was kind of disappointing. For a backup catcher, his .241/.333/.328 is not bad, but it is safe to say the expectations were higher. Not writing him off, and it could be just a “meh” year, but I thought we would see a bit better. Still believe he has the talent to be a solid contributor offensively moving forward.

Josh Phegley: F

A third-string catcher known for defense and not his bat was precisely that in 2020. Phegley was there to be insurance as he is a reliable catcher behind the dish. He will be a fun footnote in the “Former Cubs Great” list.