Willson Contreras is a professional baseball player from Venezuela. He plays in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs. He has twice been named to the All-Star team in 2018 and 2019. He holds the position of catcher for the cubs and wears jersey No.40.
He is a World Series Champion when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
Athlete Bio and Personal Life
Contreras was born on May 13, 1992. His hometown is Puerto Cabello, Venezuela and his full name is Willson Eduardo Contreras. He is the brother of William Contreras, who also plays in the MLB. His parents are Olga and William. He used to play baseball as a kid, in the streets of his hometown.
Willson stands 6 feet 1 inch tall or 185 cm. His weight is listed at 102 kg or 225 lbs. He is a right-handed player and he bats and throws with his right hand. He is nicknamed “Willy” and is also referred to as “Willy the Beast”.
When he was 16, Contreras attended the Chicago Cubs baseball academy in Venezuela. He was later signed by the cubs as an international free agent in 2009. He would go on to spend some time in the minors before he is promoted to the Major League.
Some of the minor league teams he has played for include the Kane County Cougars, the Boise Hawks, the Daytona Cubs, and the Tennessee Smokies. Before the 2016 season, he was ranked no.57 in the top 101 prospect list.
Contreras debuted in the major league on June 17, 2016. He was part of the Cubs team that won the 2016 World Series. It was historical for the franchise as it was their first World Series win in more than a century.
In 2017, he was named the Player of the Week of the National League on August 8. He suffered a hamstring injury and went on the disabled list. In both 2018 and 2019, he was named to the All-Star Game. Before the end of the 2019 season, he strained his hamstring.
In the shortened season of 2020, he played 57 games. As of the 2021 season, he continues to play for the cubs.
MLB Statistics (Through 2021)
Batting average: 0.259
Home Runs: 95
Runs Batted In: 310
Career Highlights and Awards
2018, 2019 - All-Star
2016 - World Series Champion