Who is William Contreras, the new Milwaukee Brewers catcher from the Atlanta Braves he acquired in a trade?

The Brewers acquired William Contreras on Monday in a three-team trade with Atlanta and Oakland, adding an All-Star catcher to their 2023 roster.

He’s coming to the Brewers from the Braves, where he’s been in the organization since he was 17 and was once one of their top prospects. The Brewers also added minor league reliever Justin Yeager (Braves) and reliever Joel Payamps (A’s) as part of the trade.

But the price is undoubtedly Contreras. Here’s what you need to know about the young catcher.

How old is William Contreras?

He is 24 years old. He will be 25 on Christmas Eve.

Where does Contreras come from?

Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

William Contreras has been in the Atlanta Braves organization since he was 17.  The Brewers acquired the 2022 All-Star catcher in a three-team trade Monday.

William Contreras has been in the Atlanta Braves organization since he was 17. The Brewers acquired the 2022 All-Star catcher in a three-team trade Monday.

How long has Contreras been in the MLB?

Contreras has been part of the Braves organization since Atlanta signed him as an international free agent in February 2015. In 2020, he was introduced to big league action for the first time.

Contreras won a World Series in 2021 with the Braves

Contreras, who served as a reserve catcher with the Braves in 2021, was on Atlanta’s World Series champion list, although he did not play in any of the six games.

He did get an at bat in the division round playoff series against the Brewers during the Braves’ postseason run that year.

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William Contreras’ brother, Willson, is a successful MLB catcher that Brewers fans know all about

Catching runs in the family.

William Contreras’ older brother, Willson, is an established MLB catcher and the two will now play against each other more as members of NL Central. Willson, 30, spent the past seven years with the Chicago Cubs and this offseason, he signed a five-year, $87.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Like his younger brother, he won a World Series championship early in his career. As a rookie, Willson was part of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

The two were both members of the 2022 NL All-Star team.

William Contreras' older brother, Willson is very familiar with the Brewers, having been a member of the Chicago Cubs since 2016.  He signed a huge free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason.

William Contreras’ older brother, Willson is very familiar with the Brewers, having been a member of the Chicago Cubs since 2016. He signed a huge free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason.

What were William Contreras offensive stats as of 2022?

Outside of 13 games for the Braves’ AAA-squad, he spent most of the season with the big league-club.

With the Braves, he played in 97 games, had 334 at-bats, 51 runs, 93 hits, 20 home runs, 45 RBI, 104 strikeouts, two stolen bases, a .278 average, .354 OBP, .506 slugging and an .860 OPS.

What are Contreras’ career offensive stats?

He had a brief stint with the Braves during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and split time between AAA and the Braves in 2021.

His career stats with the Braves are as follows: 153 games, 507 at bats, 70 runs, 132 hits, 28 home runs, 69 RBI, 162 strikeouts, two stolen bases, a .260 average, .338 OBP, .471 slugging and a .809 OPS.

What are Contreras’ defensive stats?

For his career, he has thrown out runners at a clip of 29%. In 2022 it was only 16.7% (6 out of 36). In 2022, he had a .986 fielding percentage and for his career that is .990. Last season he committed eight errors in 518.2 innings over 60 games. Statcast gives Contreras a -3 runs below average for catchers framing runs.

What did William Contreras say about trading?

Brewers fans on social media seemed to approve of the deal, but did Contreras? On Monday, he tweeted a string of broken hearts.

Now that Contreras is a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, what does the team’s catch depth look like?

The Brewers needed a catcher with Omar Narváez, one of their main backstops for the past two seasons, now a free agent.

Victor Caratini, Mario Feliciano and Patyon Henry are the other catchers on the 40-man roster of Brewers.

Caratini, 29, is the only other player with significant big league experience. In his first year with the Brewers, he played in 96 games, had 272 at bats with 26 runs, 54 hits, 34 RBI, 31 walks, nine home runs, 67 strikeouts, for a .199 average.

Feliciano, 24, who was a top 10 prospect in the Brewers organization for the 2022 season according to the Journal Sentinel, spent nearly the entire year at AAA Nashville last year. He was called up in August when Narváez got injured and had four at bats and one basehit in two games.

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