The Atlanta Braves have a lot of players that have taken turns in carrying the team, and have given the team a spark this season. Obviously, the two Rookie of the Year candidates, Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider, have been a consistent and much needed spark for most of MLB season, Vaughn Grissom has provided a second half spark after the injury of Ozzie Albies, Kyle Wright is having a breakout season and leads the MLB in wins, Dansby Swanson in a contract year has carried the Braves offensively and defensively throughout most of the MLB season, and Austin Riley is another guy who has gotten the job done on offense and defense for the Atlanta Braves for most of the year.
However, is there another guy who maybe isn’t getting talked about enough? How about William Contreras and the job he has done not only splitting the catching duties with Travis d’Arnaud, but hitting so well all season long that Brian Snitker has had no choice but to keep his bat in the lineup as the Atlanta Braves’ designated hitter. William Contreras just like most guys on the Atlanta Braves’ roster has had super hot streaks and has won games for the Braves on multiple occasions in 2022, but Contreras hasn’t just been super hot at some points and super cold in others, he’s been steady all season long, and Wednesday night on The Jon Chuckery Show, Jon Chuckery talked about Wild Bill being the unsung hero for the Braves this season with Managing editor for Battery Power, Kris Willis.
When Jon asked Kris if he thought William Contreras is an unsung hero for this Braves team Kris agreed saying “Yea I think he’s definitely one of the unsung heroes on this team, and I don’t think enough people are really talking about it.” Kris also goes on to say that he thinks you can make the argument that William Contreras has meant “just as much” to this Braves team as Michael Harris II, Spencer Strider, and Vaughn Grissom.
Kris also made a good point that at the beginning of the season William Contreras wasn’t even expected to have the impact or get the playing time he has this season after the Braves picked up Manny Piña before the start of the season and he was looked at as the backup catcher going into the 2022 campaign, but after Ronald Acuña Jr. got hurt, and William Contreras was called into duty all he has done since then is just bat .276 with a .343 on-base percentage, .517 slugging percentage, a .860 OPS, hit 19 home runs, drive in 42 runs in just 84 games this season, and make his first All-Star appearance in his young career. Even though the Braves have had other young players shine and help them win this season as well as Contreras, Wild Bill and the other young Bravos might just sound the trumpets and lead the Braves to back to back World Series titles.