Braves: Not even one game into 2020, and it’s William Contreras time

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If you didn’t think this year was going to be crazy, today has already assured it. Brian Snitker just announced that both Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers are back in Atlanta with symptoms for the coronavirus, despite testing negative.

Not even one game into 2020 and the Braves are without both of their starting catchers. While we hope that d’Arnaud and Flowers don’t actually have the virus and are just feeling a little under the weather, this does provide an exciting moment for Braves fans. It’s William Contreras season, as he and Alex Jackson will be the two catchers for at least today.

Alex Jackson will likely be the starter. He has some experience in the big leagues, albeit without much success, but he did hit 28 homers in just 85 games for Gwinnett. However, the excitement here lies with Contreras — a top ten prospect in the Braves system that stood out in Spring Training but has yet to play a game above the AA level.

Last year, Conteras hit just .246 with three homers and nine doubles in 60 games for Mississippi. However, there’s a lot of confidence in where his bat is headed. Hopefully, that shows early this season because the Braves are going to need him.

To put it bluntly, this is pretty unbelievable. I knew it was going to take depth to win this year, and I knew there was going to be craziness… but wow. Not even one game in and the Braves are relying on their AA catcher. Strap in, folks. This is going to be a wild season.

Photo: David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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