William Contreras

William Contreras

26-Year-Old CatcherC
Milwaukee Brewers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Contreras fully stepped out of his older brother's shadow in 2023, and in fact led all catcher-eligible players in earned fantasy value. Traded from Atlanta to Milwaukee last winter, he logged 611 plate appearances in his first season with the Brewers -- a number padded by 29 starts at designated hitter, in addition to his 108 behind the dish. He hit .314 after the All-Star break to finish at .289 for the season, though Statcast puts his expected batting average at only .253. Contreras grounded into a whopping 23 double plays and still surpassed 160 runs-plus-RBI, and he will be in the middle of everything the Brewers do once again in 2024. While he may not see quite as many starts as the DH, his playing time is secure on account of his hitting and excellent blocking and framing metrics. There's already a lot to like and a jump in power is not out of the question. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#74
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Brewers in March of 2023.
Back in lineup Tuesday
CMilwaukee Brewers
June 18, 2024
Contreras (head) is serving as the Brewers' designated hitter and batting second Tuesday against the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Contreras had to sit out Monday's contest after he was hit in the head during a play at the plate Sunday. He now seems to be in good enough shape to play again, though it will be Gary Sanchez behind the dish catching for Tobias Myers. Contreras still holds a .305 batting average on the season, but he has struggled to find consistent success recently, slashing just .232/.246/.321 since the start of June.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+51%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .986 370 52 16 55 3 .343 .415 .571
Since 2022vs Right .776 941 138 30 116 10 .269 .342 .434
2024vs Left .691 77 8 1 11 1 .296 .325 .366
2024vs Right .868 247 45 8 37 4 .306 .377 .491
2023vs Left 1.087 177 29 10 29 1 .357 .438 .649
2023vs Right .720 434 57 7 49 5 .262 .339 .381
2022vs Left 1.036 116 15 5 15 1 .354 .440 .596
2022vs Right .783 260 36 15 30 1 .247 .315 .468
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2022
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .866 621 106 25 79 5 .295 .374 .492
Since 2022Away .807 690 84 21 92 8 .285 .352 .455
2024Home .867 149 28 4 19 2 .328 .389 .478
2024Away .789 175 25 5 29 3 .283 .343 .447
2023Home .868 297 52 9 37 1 .300 .385 .482
2023Away .785 314 34 8 41 5 .279 .350 .435
2022Home .862 175 26 12 23 2 .260 .343 .519
2022Away .858 201 25 8 22 0 .294 .363 .494
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Stat Review
How does William Contreras compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
19.4%
 
BABIP
.359
 
ISO
.157
 
AVG
.304
 
OBP
.364
 
SLG
.461
 
OPS
.825
 
wOBA
.361
 
Exit Velocity
93.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.2%
 
Expected BA
.272
 
Expected SLG
.464
 
Sprint Speed
21.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
55.2%
 
Line Drive %
16.8%
 
Fly Ball %
28.0%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could have untapped production
CMilwaukee Brewers
August 9, 2023
Contreras has racked up 12 doubles in addition to three home runs over his past 100 plate appearances.
ANALYSIS
Contreras' .263/.342/.449 expected slash line for the season aligns with his actual production. However, the 25-year-old racking up 26 doubles alongside his 12 home runs indicates that the full extent of his slugging isn't conveying to fantasy production at the moment. Contreras is slashing .330/.362/.540 since the All-Star break.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Known primarily as "Willson's little brother" prior to last season, the younger Contreras is now making a name for himself. The two brothers met in the 2022 All-Star Game, both as starters, becoming the fifth set of siblings to play together in the Midsummer Classic. William was selected via player vote after he hit .260/.345/.533 with 11 homers in the first half. In the end, he reached an even 20 long balls despite making just 376 plate appearances for Atlanta. The batted-ball metrics were impressive, especially for a 24-year-old, though we should expect his BABIP to find a happy medium between his 2021 and 2022 marks (.265, .344). His perceived fantasy value will see a spike following a December trade to Milwaukee, as he not only gets a ballpark upgrade but should also see as much playing time as he can handle.
Contreras has a clearer path to being the catcher of the future in Atlanta after Shea Langeliers was traded to Oakland in the Matt Olson deal, but the team is set at the position right now with Travis d'Arnaud and Manny Pina. His bat hasn't looked particularly special through his first 56 MLB games, as he's hit a modest .225/.308/.405, so he'll need to show a spark to fulfill his early prospect buzz.
Contreras made it to the big-league level as a catcher before his 23rd birthday, despite having just 60 games above A-ball under his belt in his professional career. Contreras hit well in the lower levels of the minors, but did not show much statistically in Double-A after his midseason promotion during the 2019 season. His 2020 was obviously mostly spent in the workout camp until he was needed on the big-league roster after a cascade of injuries at the catcher spot in Atlanta during the season. It is unlikely Contreras makes the club out of camp as he really needs some more work in the minor leagues. The simple fact that he's Willson Contreras' brother will keep him around on some dynasty rosters, and that's not completely crazy as the younger Contreras is a legitimate major-league prospect in his own right, but we'd advise moving on if you have not already.
Contreras did not put up eye-popping numbers in 2019 and his stock has taken a hit as a result, but it was not a bad season for a 21-year-old catching prospect, especially one playing in two of the six most pitcher-friendly leagues in the minors (Florida State League and Southern League). He got more pull-happy and his batting average took a turn for the worse, but Contreras continued to put the ball in play at a fine clip. After his move up to Double-A Mississippi in June, Contreras lowered his strikeout rate to just 19.1%. He finished strong with a .290/.323/.420 line in August, though he did sacrifice some of that contact down the stretch to get there. Between his two stops, Contreras had a 19.4% soft contact rate. Contreras is the brother of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, and while William should not be expected to emerge as a top-five fantasy catcher like his brother, he is worth monitoring.
The little brother of Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, William looks the part of a top-10 catching prospect for fantasy purposes. He spent most of the 2018 season with the Braves' Low-A Rome affiliate, hitting .293 with 11 homers, a .368 wOBA and 136 wRC+ as a 20-year-old. Contreras' numbers took a tumble after his early-August promotion to High-A Florida (.253 AVG, .296 wOBA, 83 wRC+), but it was a relatively small sample (90 PA) and he probably deserved better considering he was roping line drives (26.9 LD%) and putting the ball in play at a respectable clip (17.8 K%). It's clear that Contreras is a highly advanced hitter for his age and position. Even so, it will be a while before we see Contreras in the majors. He's not a lock to even reach Double-A this season. Patience is required in dynasty leagues, but the payoff could be significant as so far he's posted numbers which only heighten excitement over the bloodlines.
The younger brother of Willson Contreras is also a catcher, and has a chance to be a pretty good one. He finished seventh in the Appalachian League with a 0.8 BB/K, thanks largely to an impressive 15.2 percent strikeout rate. Contreras continues to gradually tap into more power each season, upping his ISO to .142 last year with a career-high four home runs in 198 plate appearances. He is going to be a hit-over-power prospect for the next few seasons, but as his 6-foot, 180-pound frame continues to fill out, his power could develop in a similar manner as his older brother. For reference, Willson didn't hit double-digit home runs (11) in a season until he was 21 and at Low-A. William will likely head to Low-A for his age-20 season this year, where he should once again hit for a high average and provide quality defense. There are so few catchers in pro ball who project to be good hitters and quality defenders, and the Contreras brothers make up roughly 15 percent of that list.
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Available off bench
CMilwaukee Brewers
Head
June 17, 2024
Contreras (head) is available to pinch-hit or enter the game defensively off the bench Monday versus the Angels, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Not starting Monday
CMilwaukee Brewers
Head
June 17, 2024
Contreras (head) is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
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Being evaluated for concussion
CMilwaukee Brewers
Head
June 16, 2024
Contreras is being evaluated for a concussion following Sunday's 5-4 win over the Reds, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Receiving first day off
CMilwaukee Brewers
June 9, 2024
Contreras is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
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Late addition to lineup
CMilwaukee Brewers
June 2, 2024
Contreras is starting behind the plate and batting second Sunday against the White Sox.
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