Watch the Chicago Cubs' next star hit a homer in his first MLB at-bat
Willson Contreras is a 24-year-old catcher from Venezuela, signed by the Chicago Cubs as a 17-year-old free agent in 2009.
He didn't rocket through the minor leagues -- 2016 is his seventh season in the Chicago's system -- and as people were touting all of the Cubs' impressive prospects over the past couple years and the bright future that was to come, you didn't hear much about Contreras.
Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and others made up the core of those conversations.
Well, Willson Contreras has changed that conversation, hitting .333 with a .413 on-base percentage last season in Double-A and then hitting .353 with a .442 OBP and nine homers in 55 games this year in Triple-A before getting called up to the big leagues.
Contreras arrived at Wrigley Field on Sunday and got a standing ovation as he came off the bench to pinch hit. On the first pitch in his first MLB at-bat, he hit it out and sent Cubs fans into a frenzy.