Willson Contreras, Ryan Williams named top Cubs in minors
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The Cubs have named catcher Willson Contreras and right-handed pitcher Ryan Williams their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.
From the Cubs:
Contreras, 23, led the Southern League with a .333 batting average (151-for-454) to go along with 71 runs, 34 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 75 RBI for Tennessee this season, his first time at the Double-A level. He ranked second in the league in doubles, RBI and on-base percentage (.413) while his .478 slugging percentage ranked third and his 217 total bases were fifth.
The right-handed hitting Contreras became the first Tennessee player to win the league batting title since Joe Gate in 1978. Contreras hit .371 (33-for-89) against left-handed pitching and posted a .323 mark (118-for-365) against righthanders. He enjoyed a season-high 14-game hitting streak, July 28-August 10, in which he batted .519 (28-for-54) and earned Player of the Week honors for July 27-August 2.
Williams, 23, combined to go 14-3 with a 2.16 ERA (34 ER/141.2 IP) in 26 games (24 starts) between Single-A South Bend and Tennessee. He walked just 18, struck out 98 and surrendered just two home runs in 537 batters faced. His 14 victories and 2.16 ERA both led the Cubs minor league system while his 98 strikeouts ranked fifth.
Congratulations to C Willson Contreras and RHP Ryan Williams, our Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year! pic.twitter.com/sf7KxXoKMA
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 21, 2015
Contreras and Williams will be honored Monday, Sept. 28 at Wrigley Field during a ceremony before the game against the Kansas City Royals.