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Christian Bethancourt | Catcher | #12

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Christian Bethancourt tossed a scoreless fifth inning Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Reds.
Bethancourt walked Christian Walker to open the frame, but Tucker Barnhart promptly hit into a doubleplay and Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett struck out looking. Bethancourt has earned a hold in four of his five pitching appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He has a 1.80 ERA in five innings. Mar 19 - 7:09 PM

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Christian Bethancourt is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut as a pitcher on Wednesday.

The uber-utilityman worked hard on his pitching mechanics this winter and has apparently looked sharp in bullpen sessions and live batting practice sessions at Padres camp. According to beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Bethancourt can touch 98 mph with his fastball and also possesses a decent slider and changeup. The 25-year-old is operating as a catcher, outfielder, and relief pitcher this spring.
Feb 27 - 3:29 PM

Christian Bethancourt has been alternating two days catching and one day pitching at spring training.

Because mastering one position wasn't enough for Bethancourt, he'll see work behind the plate, in the outfield and on the mound this season. It sounds gimmicky but Bethancourt's pitching prowess is no joke. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he's also been developing a changeup. Bethancourt won't put up huge numbers but his versatility makes him one of the most fascinating players in baseball.
Feb 23 - 11:45 PM

Christian Bethancourt recently threw a scoreless inning in the Panama Winter League.

Bethancourt, who made two relief appearances with the Padres in 2016, threw 17 pitches and sat in the 93-96 mph range with his fastball. He's also serving as a DH and outfielder in the Panama Winter League. The Padres are kicking around the idea of using him as a pitcher/outfielder/catcher hybrid moving forward, so this will be an interesting situation to follow.
Jan 11 - 2:06 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Christian Bethancourt was recently clocked at 97 mph while facing live hitters in Arizona.

Bethancourt has also been developing a changeup as he prepares to work as a pitcher in the Panama Winter League. The 25-year-old made two relief appearances for the Padres in 2016 and looked pretty good, allowing just one hit over 1 2/3 shutout innings. He hasn't hit well enough to establish himself as a reliable major league catcher, so the Friars will stretch this experiment and try to catch lightning in a bottle with Bethancourt's big arm.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 02:45:00 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are "exploring" the idea of using Christian Bethancourt as a pitcher/outfielder/catcher hybrid.

Bethancourt has thrown two recent bullpen sessions and has reportedly hit 96 mph on the radar gun. He made two pitching appearances for the Padres in 2016, allowing just one hit over 1 2/3 shutout innings. Betancourt also made 35 starts at catcher and seven as an outfielder. The 25-year-old was shut down for the year with an intercostal injury a few weeks ago.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt (intercostal) is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Bethancourt suffered the injury back on August 30 and there just isn't enough time for him to make it back. Winter ball is a possibility for the 25-year-old during the offseason.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Padres placed C Christian Bethancourt on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain.

The injury, suffered Tuesday night against the Braves, is likely to end his season. Bethancourt finishes with a poor .228/.265/.368 batting line in 73 games.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 02:37:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt exited Tuesday's game against the Braves with a left intercostal strain.

That's typically a four-week injury for a position player. Bethancourt was 0-for-2 before exiting and is batting just .228/.265/.368 in 73 games this season. The catcher will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 08:51:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

Bethancourt drew the start in the designated hitter spot and batted seventh -- one spot ahead of catcher Derek Norris. He's sporting a sub-.300 on-base percentage, but Bethancourt has out-produced Norris with a .267 average and .500 slugging percentage.
Mon, May 30, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt was scratched from Friday's starting lineup against the Dodgers.

No reason has been given for the late scratch of Bethancourt, who was scheduled to start his first career game in right field. Jose Pirela will start in his place.
Fri, May 20, 2016 08:00:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-3 and homered to account for the only run of the game Wednesday against the Cubs.

That's a pretty great game for Bethancourt on the day the Padres added a third catcher in Hector Sanchez. Bethancourt hasn't played much behind Derek Norris, but he's 8-for-30 with three homers in his limited action. He could get a chance to start later this season, as Norris is a strong candidate to be traded.
Wed, May 11, 2016 11:04:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt connected for a two-run homer in Thursday’s loss to the Mariners.

It was a long blast which traveled to the batter’s eye in distant center field. The Padres bought low on Bethancourt over the winter after he quickly fell out of favor with the Braves, but it’s easy to forget that he’s just 24 years old. It will be interesting to see if his presence pushes the Padres to have Austin Hedges to begin the season in Triple-A.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 07:57:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt is working out a visa issue in Panama.

So he'll be a little delayed getting to Padres camp in Arizona. No worries, unless this drags into March. Bethancourt was acquired from the Braves over the winter for Casey Kelly and Ricardo Rodriguez. The 24-year-old catcher will try to breathe life back into his career with the rebuilding Friars.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 12:22:00 PM

Padres acquired C Christian Bethancourt from the Braves for RHP Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez.

Bethancourt was once viewed as the catcher of the future for the Braves, but his hitting woes kept him from ever taking that role and, now, led to his exit from town. Kelly, like Bethancourt, was once a top prospect in his respective system. Bethancourt, 24, joins a crowded catcher group in San Diego. A trade of Derek Norris or Austin Hedges may follow.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 08:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2Christian Bethancourt
3Luis Torrens
4Hector Sanchez
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Cory Spangenberg
3Jose Pirela
SS1Erick Aybar
2Luis Sardinas
3Javier Guerra
4Allen Cordoba
5Dusty Coleman
3B1Yangervis Solarte
LF1Alex Dickerson
2Jabari Blash
3Collin Cowgill
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Manuel Margot
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jered Weaver
3Trevor Cahill
4Clayton Richard
5Luis Perdomo
6Christian Friedrich
7Robbie Erlin
8Colin Rea
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Carter Capps
3Brad Hand
4Ryan Buchter
5Miguel Diaz
6Buddy Baumann
7Craig Stammen
8Jarred Cosart
9Keith Hessler
10Jon Edwards
11Jose Torres
12Will Locante
13Jose Ruiz