Yesterday we learned that the Cubs were going to call up top prospect catcher Willson Contreras today. It’s something of an odd move in that, despite the fact Contreras is tearing up the peapatch down in Iowa, the Cubs have two catchers and thus playing time for Contreras might be hard to find.
Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports, however, that this is just to get Contereas’ feet wet. To acclimate him to life in the bigs now so that when he does come up for good and is expected to be a contributor, he won’t need an orientation, as it were.
Not a bad idea. And, as Gonzalez notes, this is exactly what the Cubs did with Kyle Schwarber last year. Which worked out pretty darn well.