YONDRY CONTRERAS, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: September 11, 1997
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Contreras was the Pirates’ top international signing in 2014. He’s a fast, athletic outfielder with a strong arm. Other teams, however, had reservations about him due to a lack of patience at the plate.
Contreras was the regular center fielder for the DSL Pirates. He struggled throughout the season, striking out in well over a third of his at-bats. He also failed to put his speed to use on the bases.
A little surprisingly, the Pirates moved Contreras up to the GCL, where he was the regular center fielder. His struggles at the plate continued, as he remained reluctant to take pitches. He fanned in over a third of his ABs.
The Pirates moved Contreras to Bristol, where he was the regular in center but also played a little in right. His hitting improved a little, but not very much and his strikeout rate actually grew even more alarming.
Contreras returned to Bristol, but played only semi-regularly, seeing time in all three outfield spots. He cut his strikeout rate from alarming to merely very high, but otherwise made no progress at the plate.
The Pirates may give Contreras a little more time in light of the bonus he received, but he’s not making any progress at all. He’s already eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
|2019: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $400,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.