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Christian Bethancourt | Catcher | #22

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / ATL
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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

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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres are close to acquiring Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt.

Bethancourt was a consensus top-100 prospect heading into the 2014 season, but he's been a major disappointment at the major league level for the Braves and they're locked and loaded at the catcher position for 2016 between Tyler Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski. Bethancourt will probably do well with a change of scenery, though he's not going to suddenly take on fantasy value in San Diego.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 12:32:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Padres are showing interest in catcher Christian Bethancourt.

Bethancourt had a rocky 2015, as he was shuttled to the minors in June and finished out the season having to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Braves GM John Coppolella has indicated that the team is not going to give up on the 24-year-old backstop, but they've re-signed A.J. Pierzynski and struck a two-year deal Tuesday with Tyler Flowers. It makes sense that other teams would inquire on Bethancourt, regardless of what the Braves front office is saying publicly. He was a consensus top-100 prospect leading into the 2014 season.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 11:06:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 12:29:00 PM

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.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 10:47:00 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.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 09:42:00 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.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 07:00:00 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.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 03:53:00 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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:49:00 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.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 05:55:00 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.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 02:07:00 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.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 11:54:00 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.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 10:27:00 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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 10:20:00 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.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 03:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Christian Bethancourt
4Erik Kratz
1B1Wil Myers
2Brett Wallace
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jose Pirela
3Jemile Weeks
4Adam Rosales
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Alexi Amarista
3Jose Rondon
3B1Yangervis Solarte
LF1Jon Jay
2Jabari Blash
3Skip Schumaker
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Melvin Upton
3Manuel Margot
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Tyson Ross
3Andrew Cashner
4Brandon Maurer
5Brandon Morrow
6Robbie Erlin
7Colin Rea
8Cesar Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Jon Edwards
4Drew Pomeranz
5Nick Vincent
6Carlos Villanueva
7Cory Mazzoni
8Leonel Campos
9Ryan Buchter
10Luis Perdomo
11Frank Garces
12Jose Torres
13Josh Martin
14Blake Smith