Wilson Contreras promoted to Chicago Cubs
Another prospect will make his debut with the Chicago Cubs.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, catcher Willson Contreras is being promoted to the Cubs and will join the team on Friday. The corresponding move is likely Tim Federowicz being designated for assignment.
Sources: #Cubs promoting catcher Willson Contreras, will join team tomorrow. Plan is to go with 3 catchers. No word on accompanying move.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 16, 2016
Can confirm Wilson Contreras headed to Chicago, corresponding move involving Federowicz
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 16, 2016
The 24-year-old Contreras is one of the best prospects in baseball and ranked No. 2 behind Gleyber Torres in the Cubs farm system. He was ranked as high as No. 27 on Keith Law’s prospect rankings going into 2016.
Contreras was tearing up pitching down in Triple-A Iowa, slashing .350/.439/.591 with 9 home runs and 16 doubles this season. With the Cubs needing some help behind the dish, it makes sense to call up the prospect now. He is set to be the third catcher and will make occasional starts for the team.
The Cubs will open a home stand of six games in six days, beginning with three against the Pittsburgh Pirates starting on Friday.