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Christian Bethancourt | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / ATL
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Brewers signed C Christian Bethancourt to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Bethancourt tried to convert from catcher to reliever in 2017 and struggled to an 8.21 ERA in 41 2/3 innings at Triple-A El Paso, the Pacific Coast League of the Padres. The Brewers plan to use him only at catcher, so it sounds like the pitching experiment is over. Jan 8 - 2:47 PM

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According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres will consider recalling Christian Bethancourt when rosters expand in September.

Bethancourt has struggled to an ugly 8.12 ERA over 31 outings (one start) for Triple-A El Paso in his first year as a full-time pitcher. The Padres would likely use him in middle relief.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 07:35:00 PM

Padres sent RHP/C Christian Bethancourt outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Bethancourt had allowed nine runs -- six earned -- in 3 2/3 innings this season out of the San Diego bullpen, and he was 1-for-7 with three strikeouts as a hitter. The 25-year-old passed through waivers unclaimed.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 05:34:00 PM

Christian Bethancourt allowed two unearned runs in an inning of relief before finishing up Tuesday's game at second base.

The Padres were hoping Bethancourt would finish the game on the mound after coming in during the eighth, but he was lifted after 33 pitches with one out to go. Shortstop Erick Aybar replaced him, retiring the only batter he faced. Bethancourt has given up eight runs and eight walks in 3 2/3 innings as a reliever.
Wed, Apr 19, 2017 01:46:00 AM

Christian Bethancourt walked four of the five batters he faced Thursday against the Dodgers.

Bethancourt had a 2.16 ERA and four walks in 8 1/3 innings this spring, but he's struggled in both regular-season appearances this far, giving up seven runs and walking five in 1 2/3 innings. He's out of options, so the Padres can't simply option him out if they want him to work on things. Fortunately, they're not in a position where they're worried about wins and losses, allowing them to remain patient.
Thu, Apr 6, 2017 06:47:00 PM

Padres manager Andy Green announced Saturday that Christian Bethancourt has made the Opening Day roster and will be used primarily as a reliever.

He'll also see some time behind the plate, in the outfield and as a pinch-hitter in a super utility role, but the Padres love what they see out of Bethancourt on the mound. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 2.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 3/4 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings in Cactus League action.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 02:12:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 07:09:00 PM

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.
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 03:29:00 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.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 11:45:00 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.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 02:06:00 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

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Jett Bandy
3Stephen Vogt
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
3Ji-Man Choi
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Tyler Saladino
3Nick Franklin
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
2Domingo Santana
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Christian Yelich
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PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Chase Anderson
3Zach Davies
4Jhoulys Chacin
5Junior Guerra
6Wade Miley
7Brent Suter
8Brandon Woodruff
9Freddy Peralta
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Josh Hader
3Jeremy Jeffress
4Matt Albers
5Boone Logan
6Dan Jennings
7Taylor Williams
8Jorge Lopez