Cubs call up promising catcher Contreras from Triple-A
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have added another promising prospect to their 25-man roster, calling up catcher Willson Contreras from Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs dipped into their farm system again after promoting outfielder Albert Almora Jr. from Iowa last week with Jorge Soler going on the disabled list.
The 24-year-old Contreras is getting his first look in the majors after dominating in the minors. The Cubs want him to learn from veteran catchers Miguel Montero and David Ross.
To make room, Chicago designated catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment before Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Contreras, who was not in the lineup, was batting .350 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs at Iowa. He was signed by Chicago as a non-drafted minor league free agent out of Venezuela in July 2009.