Contreras was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
The backstop will make the move to the International League for the first time after splitting the 2019 campaign between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi. Contreras doesn't have the long-term fantasy upside of older brother and fellow catcher Willson, but he boasts decent contact skills and should be able to stick behind the plate once he eventually gets the call to the big leagues.
Contreras' contract was selected by the Braves on Tuesday.
Although the 21-year-old was effective in the minors last season, his addition to the 40-man roster is more so to protect him from the Rule 5 draft rather than an indication of his readiness to contribute. In 110 games between the High-A and Double-A levels last season, Contreras hit .255/.315/.354 with six home runs and 39 RBI.
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored for Double-A Mississippi on Friday.
Promoted to the Southern League a little over a month ago, Contreras had some initial struggles at the new level but has gone 12-for-26 with a sharp 4:2 BB:K over his last eight games, homering in both of the last two contests. The 21-year-old remains the most exciting catcher in the Atlanta system from a fantasy perspective, although he has some real-life competition from the club's 2019 first-round pick, defensive whiz Shea Langeliers.
Contreras is slashing .333/.400/.457 through 22 games for High-A Florida with one home run and seven RBI.
Atlanta's No. 9 fantasy prospect still isn't getting much in-game power, but he does have seven doubles and it could only be a matter of time before those start going over the fence. Contreras is also heating up in a big way, banging out 10 hits in the last four games, and his 9:19 BB:K is solid for a 21-year-old in the Florida State League. His big-league debut is probably still at least a couple years away, but he's firmly establishing himself as the organization's catcher of the future.
Contreras went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run during Tuesday's spring win over the Mets.
Contreras entered as a substitute for starter Brian McCann and showcased some of his power. The 21-year-old had a .285/.347/.436 slash line between Low-A Rome and High-A Florida in 2018.
The Braves promoted Contreras from Low-A Rome to High-A Florida on Wednesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
The younger brother of Cubs All-Star backstop Willson Contreras, William earned the call to the Florida State League after supplying an .823 OPS in 342 plate appearances at Rome. Contreras hasn't performed as effectively as expected this season in controlling the run game, but the Braves will let him continue to work out the defensive kinks at Florida while he faces higher-caliber pitching.
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