Contreras went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
The 23-year-old took Erick Fedde deep in the fourth inning for his first career MLB homer. Contreras has gone 4-for-10 while starting three straight games, and he figures to continue seeing a heavy workload while Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) is on the shelf.
Contreras will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
The 23-year-old will make his first start of 2021 in the series finale with Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) landing on the 60-day injured list and Alex Jackson (hamstring) being placed on the 10-day injured list. Contreras enters Sunday with only four big-league appearances under his belt, but he's now poised to split time behind the plate with Jeff Mathis, who had his contract selected from the alternate site.
Contreras will be recalled from the alternate training site Sunday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The 23-year-old was called up as the 27th man for last weekend's doubleheader, and he'll rejoin the major-league club Sunday with Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) heading to the injured list. Contreras and Alex Jackson will handle catching duties for Atlanta until d'Arnaud recovers from the injury.
Atlanta called up Contreras from its alternate site to serve as the 27th man for Sunday's doubleheader versus Arizona.
He'll be the No. 3 catcher behind Travis d'Arnaud and Alex Jackson for the twin bill, though he won't be guaranteed to pick up a start in either contest. The 23-year-old backstop is expected to head back to the alternate site after the doubleheader in preparation for joining Triple-A Gwinnett for the start of its season next week.
Contreras was informed Saturday that he won't be included on Atlanta's Opening Day roster, with the club instead keeping Alex Jackson as the backup catcher behind Travis d'Arnaud, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Contreras (1.089 OPS over 18 at-bats in Grapefruit League play) handily outperformed Jackson (.512 OPS in 28 at-bats), but Atlanta prefers the 23-year-old to play on an everyday basis at Triple-A Gwinnett rather than just once or twice a week behind d'Arnaud. If the historically injury-prone d'Arnaud should miss time at any point, however, Contreras could immediately leapfrog Jackson on the depth chart if Atlanta calls him up.
Contreras heads into spring training with a chance to win the No. 2 catching job for Atlanta, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
At the moment, starter Travis d'Arnaud is the only catcher with significant experience on the roster, leaving prospects Contreras and Alex Jackson to fight for the backup spot. The 23-year-old Contreras made his big-league debut last year on an emergency basis, going 4-for-10 with four strikeouts before spending the rest of the season at the team's alternate training site. His 2019 performance at the plate at High-A and Double-A wasn't particularly impressive, but Contreras still has the potential to emerge as a solid big-league asset. Atlanta could still elect to bring in a veteran such as Tyler Flowers to fill out the depth chart, but barring an outside addition, Jackson might be the front-runner for the job, if only because Contreras is more likely to be a long-term piece for the team and could use more minor-league development.
Contreras was optioned to Atlanta's alternate training site Wednesday.
Contreras and Alex Jackson unexpectedly opened the year as one of the Braves' two active catchers after both Travis d'Arnaud and Tyler Flowers came down with an illness. Both primary options are now healthy and back with the team, booting the fill-ins off the roster. Contreras grabbed four hits in 10 at-bats during his first big-league cameo.
Contreras will start at catcher and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Rays.
Contreras impressed in his first two major-league games against the Mets, going 4-for-6 with a double and one RBI. As a result, he'll get the nod at catcher once again, taking the place of Alex Jackson.
Contreras went 3-for-5 in Sunday's 14-1 win over the Mets.
All three of Contreras' hits were singles. The 22-year-old catcher continues to serve as an insurance option while Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud remain on the COVID-19 list.
Contreras laced an RBI double off Hunter Strickland in the 10th inning of Saturday's win over the Mets.
After Matt Adams pinch hit for Alex Jackson in the eighth inning, the 22-year-old Contreras made his big-league debut behind the plate, and when he made his first trip to the plate two innings later, he made it count. Contreras remains Atlanta's catcher of the future, but his time in the majors this season will likely come to an end once Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud come off the COVID-19 list.
Contreras was recalled by the Braves ahead of their season opener against the Mets on Friday.
The Braves recalled both Contreras and Alex Jackson, as they'll need to call on their catching depth right away with both Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud showing coronavirus symptoms. Both tested negative for the virus but will remain away from the team for now. Contreras is an interesting prospect with the potential to contribute both offensively and defensively, but he wouldn't be making his big-league debut just yet under ordinary circumstances. He's yet to reach the Triple-A level and hit an unimpressive .246/.306/.340 in 60 games for Double-A Mississippi last season. He'll likely be Jackson's backup for now.
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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