Player Page

Christian Bethancourt | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Braves general manager John Coppolella said that the team isn't giving up on young catcher Christian Bethancourt.
Bethancourt was expected to get the opportunity to run away with the starting catcher job in 2015, but the Braves gave up on that plan early on and demoted him to the minors in June. The plan was to give him a long look after calling him back up later on in the year, but he again took a back seat to A.J. Pierzynski. Overall, the 24-year-old batted just .200/.225/.290 in 160 plate appearances while struggling behind the plate. There have always been questions about his bat, but his defense was expected to be a strength. "There is so much talent and tools there [with Bethancourt], you have to let it play out," said Coppolella. "We'll see it where it goes, but we haven't given up on Christian Bethancourt." The Braves recently re-signed Pierzynski and have reportedly been in touch with free agent catcher Brayan Pena, so while they haven't given up on Bethancourt, they clearly aren't counting on him to play a significant role at this point. Nov 18 - 12:29 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Christian Bethancourt had arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee.

Bethancourt should be able to resume workouts by the end of November, so it shouldn't impact his readiness for spring training. The 24-year-old is coming off a disappointing season where he batted just .200/.225/.290 in 160 plate appearances and had his share of struggles behind the plate. He could serve as a backup in 2016 if the Braves re-sign A.J. Pierzynski.
Oct 7 - 10:47 AM

Christian Bethancourt was forced to leave Thursday's game with a left thumb contusion.

Bethancourt first injured the thumb a couple of weeks ago while attempting to make a tag. He's considered day-to-day for the remainder of the season. Expect to see A.J. Pierzynski behind the dish on Friday.
Oct 1 - 9:42 PM

X-rays on Christian Bethancourt's left thumb came back negative.

Bethancourt injured the thumb while attempting to make a tag on Sunday. He'll miss a few games but should ultimately be fine. A.J. Pierzynski is catching Monday.
Sep 21 - 7:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt was wearing a brace on his left wrist Monday evening.

The young catcher bruised his wrist while attempting to make a tag in the ninth inning Sunday. He is not in the Braves' starting lineup Monday night against the Mets, but Bethancourt told reporters that he should be good to go later this week. A.J. Pierzynski is starting behind the plate in the Braves' series opener at Citi Field.
Sep 21 - 3:53 PM

Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-3 with a walk and a double in the Braves' loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The Braves failed to bring him home each of the four times he was on base. Bethancourt has had a miserable year at the dish, Wednesday's effort notwithstanding. He's hitting .204/.230/.293 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 152 plate appearances.
Sep 16 - 10:49 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday that Christian Bethancourt will get the majority of the starts at catcher the rest of the way.

It'll be an audition of sorts for the 2016 season. Bethancourt opened 2015 as the Braves' primary backstop, but he got optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 15 after batting just .198/.221/.287 over his first 29 games. He's probably not going to hold significant fantasy value down the stretch.
Aug 26 - 5:55 PM

Braves recalled C Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Bethancourt will get another shot at the major league level with the 2015 season winding down for the rebuilding Braves. He opened the year as Atlanta's starting catcher, but the call was made to option him on June 15 after he hit .298/.221/.287 in 29 games. The 23-year-old should get a few starts per week.
Aug 24 - 2:07 PM

Braves optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Bethancourt opened the 2015 season as Atlanta's starting catcher, but he'll head to the minors having registered a brutal .208/.231/.297 slash line in 29 games. A.J. Pierzynski is the Braves' everyday backstop now.
Jun 15 - 11:54 AM

Christian Bethancourt hit a walk-off homer to end Saturday's 5-4 win over the Pirates.

After the Pirates scored twice in the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4, Bethancourt led off the ninth with a solo homer against Vance Worley to send the fans home happy. Bethancourt also singled twice to finish 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He's still hitting just .205/.231/.307 this season, but he has two three-hit games in his last eight games.
Jun 6 - 10:27 PM

Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Thursday against the Brewers.

A.J. Pierzynski has stopped hitting (.163 with two RBI in May), so it'd be nice to see Bethancourt get a chance to win his job back. After all, Pierzynski certainly isn't the future and the Braves need to figure out whether Bethancourt will be.
May 21 - 10:20 PM

Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

It's unclear if Fredi Gonzalez is simply riding the hot hand in A.J. Pierzynski, or if he has surpassed Bethancourt as the team's primary catcher. Bethancourt has only started one game this week.
Apr 25 - 3:45 PM

Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

He's sitting out in favor of A.J. Pierzynski against Dillon Gee and the Mets. It's been surprising to this point that the two have pretty much split the catching duties evenly this season, as Bethancourt has started eight games and Pierzynski six.
Apr 22 - 3:52 PM

Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

It's the second straight game and fourth time in the past six that the Braves have opted to go with A.J. Pierzynski instead of the rookie backstop. Bethancourt should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 10:35 AM

Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

He's now been benched in three of the last five games in favor of A.J. Pierzynski, who has four hits -- including two homers -- in his first 10 at-bats. Eric Young Jr. is in left field over Jonny Gomes.

Depth Charts

C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Christian Bethancourt
3Ryan Lavarnway
4Matt Kennelly
5Braeden Schlehuber
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
2Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
2Pedro Ciriaco
3Daniel Castro
3B1Hector Olivera
2Adonis Garcia
3Reid Brignac
LF1Nick Swisher
2Matt Tuiasosopo
CF1Michael Bourn
2Mallex Smith
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Shelby Miller
3Mike Minor
4Manny Banuelos
5Matt Wisler
6Bud Norris
7Michael Foltynewicz
8Williams Perez
9Ryan Weber
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Andrew McKirahan
4Brandon Cunniff
5Matt Marksberry
6Chris Withrow
7Paco Rodriguez
8Daniel Winkler
9Shae Simmons
10Daniel Burawa
11Ian Krol
12David Carpenter
13Madison Younginer