Wilson Contreras is still a pitching prospect for the Chicago Cubs. In the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, however, he has done something that any player would be proud of—he made his first home run hit.
ESPN notes that he is the first Cubs player to hit a home run on the first pitch since Jim Bullinger back in 1992. For Contreras, it would be one of the highlights to a career that would be starting in the majors.
“I’d been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid,” he said to ESPN’s Buster Olney. It was also a time for Cubs fans to celebrate at Wrigley Field. Before Contreras had his home run, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have hit homers back in the third. Javier Baez also had a solo and Addison Russell had a two-run hit in the seventh inning.
As of the moment, Contreras is still the Cubs’ no. 3 catcher but he will have his start on Monday. On Friday, he was called out to play in the ninth inning though was never at-bat during that game. However while still in Triple-A he was already doing good, making .350 as a hitter with nine home runs.
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Pitcher John Lackey said that he will have a talk with Contreras for the strategy they’ll do for Monday’s game. Contreras himself already knows what he should do as soon as he gets to play regularly for the Cubs.
“Get to know the pitcher,” he said of what he would do once he is on the team. He also said to get familiar with the umpire, something every catcher has done in the game. With his good knowledge of the basics he may well be on his way to being a good addition to the Cubs’ roster.
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