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Christian Bethancourt | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Christian Bethancourt's sixth-inning single allowed three runs to score, helping the Braves top the Nationals on Wednesday.
Two runs scored initially on the single, which deflected off of the glove of first baseman Tyler Moore and was just out of the range of second baseman Jeff Kobernus. Jason Heyward came around to score as the Nationals weren't paying much attention; Bethancourt was not credited with an RBI. The rookie catcher finished 1-for-4 with the two RBI, giving him nine on the season along with a lackluster .259/.284/.271 slash line. Wed, Sep 17, 2014 09:53:00 PM

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Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-4 and drove in a run Monday against the Nationals.

Bethancourt has gotten the call over Gerald Laird with Evan Gattis out, and he's hit .321 with four RBI in eight games this month, albeit with no extra-base hits and no walks. For the year, he's at .269 with just one extra-base hit (a double) and a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 78 at-bats. Since he's at least managed to hold his own -- and since he's a big defensive upgrade over Gattis -- he will give the Braves a tough decision to make this winter. He's going to be their long-term catcher; it just remains to be seen whether he's going to push Gattis to the outfield this winter or if he'll have to wait a little longer.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:24:00 PM

Braves recalled C Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Bethancourt hit .283/.308/.408 with eight homers over 91 games for Gwinnett this season. The defensive wizard will serve as the Braves' third catcher this month.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 06:21:00 PM

Braves prospect C Christian Bethancourt (left hand contusion) went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

The home run was Bethancourt’s eighth with Gwinnett this season and came in his second game since coming off the disabled list. The 22-year-old has taken a step forward offensively this season as hoped, but he’s still put together a solid .273/.296/.404 batting line to go along with 25 extra-base hits in 86 minor league games. Known for his strong defense behind the plate, Bethancourt will return to the major leagues in September after batting .240 over 50 at-bats with the Braves earlier in the year.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:26:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with Triple-A Gwinnett due to a left hand contusion.

It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but Bethancourt figures to be a September call-up if he's healthy. Mostly known for his excellent ability behind the plate, the 22-year-old has batted .240/.283/.260 over his first 13 games in the majors.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

Bethancourt remains the Braves catcher of the future, and will likely be called back up when rosters expand in September. Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird will be a free agent after the season, and Bethancourt will likely slide into a similar role for 2015. However, it is likely that Bethancourt will play more than Laird, pushing Evan Gattis to first base or a corner outfield position on occasion. Bethancourt is hitting .277/.279/.523 since being sent back down to Triple-A, and is a replacement-level offensive catcher who is an elite defender.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Braves optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Evan Gattis is off the disabled list, so Bethancourt will go back to the farm to get regular playing time. The 22-year-old catcher batted just .240/.283/.260 across 53 plate appearances with the Braves.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Braves recalled C Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Bethancourt was batting just .273/.304/.372 through 63 games this season at the Triple-A level. He's a highly-regarded catching prospect but it's not clear yet how long the 22-year-old is going to be up in the majors.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 06:34:00 PM

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk for Triple-A Gwinnett.

There was talk of Bethancourt's being promoted, but Evan Gattis' hot hitting in June (.363/.414/.650 with five doubles and six home runs) has kept Bethancourt in Triple-A for the time being. Bethancourt has been hot as of late, hitting .305/.333/.407 over his last 33 games, bringing his season line up to .270/.299/.372.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 08:46:00 AM

According to's Mark Bowman, the Braves are considering calling up Christian Bethancourt.

Bethancourt has been hot in June at Triple-A Gwinnett after a sluggish first few months and could take over as the Braves' starting catcher with Evan Gattis shifting to left field. Justin Upton would play right, Jason Heyward would play center, and B.J. Upton would move to the bench. It's a move that might hurt Atlanta defensively (Gattis is not a steady outfielder) but could spark the offense. B.J. Upton has hit .194/.274/.312 in a Braves uniform.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-5 for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, raising his season line to .271/.300/.372.

Bethancourt is in the midst of a 10 game hitting streak during which he is hitting .395/.400/.474 with three doubles. He is a strong defensive catcher and is already on the 40-man roster, so he could replace Gerald Laird as the Braves backup catcher.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Braves prospect C Christian Bethancourt stayed hot Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI for Triple-A Gwinnett.

The home run was Bethancourt's first of the season, and he's now batting .253/.300/.347 through 20 games. The 22-year-old, who is regarded as one of the better defensive catchers in the minor leagues, got off to a slow start with a .211 batting average through Gwinnett's first 10 games. He's picked up the pace since then, with an .809 OPS in his last 10 contests, and he enters the week riding a four-game hitting streak. Given his defensive prowess and spot on the 40-man roster, Bethancourt will return to the major leagues at some point this season and serve as the Braves' backup or third-string catcher.
Mon, May 5, 2014 04:24:00 PM

Braves prospect catcher Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-4 for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, raising his season line to .214/.214/.214.

Defensively, Bethancourt is ready to start in Atlanta. However, with just six singles and zero walks in 28 plate appearances to go with nine strikeouts, the Braves are likely making a good long-term move by giving Bethancourt more time in the minor leagues.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Braves recalled C Christian Bethancourt from Double-A Mississippi.

Bethancourt probably won't play much down the stretch this season, but he could be the Braves' Opening Day catcher next spring if impending free agent Brian McCann is not re-signed. The 22-year-old hit .277/.305/.436 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 90 games this summer at Double-A.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Braves prospect catcher Christian Bethancourt is 6-for-8 with three home runs and four RBI over his last two games for Double-A Mississippi.

After going 4-for-4 with two home runs on Sunday, the 21-year-old was back at it on Tuesday with another home run as part of a 2-for-4 performance. Widely regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in the minor leagues, Bethancourt posted a dismal .566 OPS in 71 games last year before suffering a broken hand in August that prematurely ended his season. However, his bat has come alive (finally) this year after revamping his swing during the offseason. Overall, Bethancourt has batted .291/.318/.462 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs and a 48/14 K/BB ratio in 76 games. Considering that he's already on the Braves' 40-man roster, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the catcher receives a brief taste of the major leagues in September.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 04:01:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3John Buck
4Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jace Peterson
4Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Eric Young Jr.
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eury Perez
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Eric Stults
8Manny Banuelos
9Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
7Arodys Vizcaino
8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Ian Thomas
11Donnie Veal
12Matt Capps
13Jose Veras
14Shae Simmons