Former prospect catcher William Contreras has been given another opportunity to catch at the big league level. On Thursday, prior to the Braves series finale against the Cubs at Truist Park, Contreras was recalled to Atlanta to replace Manny Pina, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with right wrist inflammation. The young catcher didn’t get in last night’s game, although he’s expected to start at catcher and hit eighth for the Braves on Friday night versus the Rangers.
For Contreras, it’s been an interesting start to the 2022 season. With the Braves addition of Pina this past offseason, to a two-year, $8 million contract, the former top-tier prospect Contreras has been moved around a bit, even playing a pair of games in the outfield for Triple-A Gwinnett, where he’s spent the majority of his time so far this year. It appears, given his potential with the bat, the Braves are trying to make Contreras more versatile, hoping to give him a better chance at contributing at the major league level.
Either way, though, Contreras has remained mostly behind the plate in 2022. Of his 13 starts with the Stripers, the 24-year-old has caught eight of them, and overall he owns a .292 AVG with three doubles and eight RBI in the minor leagues, to go with an 0 for 4 performance in one game with Atlanta so far.
Hopefully, similar to how well Gwinnett’s Travis Demeritte has played in a short stretch in Atlanta, Contreras can perform well with the Braves. At least for tonight, the catcher spot is all his.