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Christian Bethancourt | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jul 21 - 2:28 PM

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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.
Jun 28 - 6:34 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.
Jun 26 - 8:46 AM

According to MLB.com'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.
Jun 16 - 10:37 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.
Jun 12 - 11:10 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.
May 5 - 4:24 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.
Apr 15 - 3:34 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

Braves optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Double-A Mississippi; reassigned 3B/OF Joey Terdoslavich, INF Blake DeWitt and OF Jordan Parraz to minor league camp.

The 21-year-old catcher hit just .243/.275/.291 in 71 games last year at the Double-A level. He will only reach the majors in 2013 in the event of an emergency.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 10:28:00 AM

Braves purchased the contract of C Christian Bethancourt from Double-A Mississippi.

Bethancourt, 21, batted .243/.275/.291 with two home runs, 26 RBI and a .566 OPS in 71 games at the Double-A level this year. With Brian McCann expected to miss the start of the season following shoulder surgery, he could be an option to begin the season as Gerald Laird's backup.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 09:11:00 AM

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand when he was struck by a pitch in Thursday's game with Double-A Mississippi.

It's an injury that will prematurely end what has been a disappointing season. One of the top catcher prospects in the game, Bethancourt also missed more than a month with a hamstring injury earlier this season and wound up hitting just .243/.275/.291 with two homers for Mississippi. He'll likely return there in 2013.
Sun, Aug 12, 2012 08:46:00 AM

According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the Rays have followed Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt "diligently."

The Rays have perhaps the league's worst catching duo in Jose Molina and Jose Lobaton, but Bethancourt would be a long-term answer at backstop, not a short-term solution. He's taken just 29 at-bats above High-A, all of which have come this season. There have been no indications the Braves are actively shopping their possible heir apparent to Brian McCann.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 11:25:00 AM

Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Bethancourt figures to be one of the Braves' earlier cuts, but he's getting plenty of playing time at the moment, having appeared in five games. On Friday, he played the entire game and flew out to left field in four straight at-bats. Today, he got three at-bats and made the most of them. The Braves' top catching prospect, he's expected to begin this season back in high-A ball.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 05:27:00 PM

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt hit a three-run home run and caught a would-be base-stealer in a loss to the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League on Friday.

Bethancourt was cleared to play after X-rays came back negative on his right hand when he was struck by a pitch on Wednesday. In 99 games between Class A Rome and High-A Lynchburg, he batted .289 with five home runs and 53 RBI. He's currently rated as the Braves No. 4 prospect and is highly-regarded defensively.
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 09:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6Cory Gearrin
7Jonny Venters
8David Hale
9Chasen Shreve
10Gus Schlosser