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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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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

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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.

Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

A.J. Pierzynski will catch Alex Wood. Bethancourt has three hits in his first 15 at-bats this season.
Apr 12 - 10:44 AM

Christian Bethancourt (flu) is back in the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday.

Bethancourt missed a week -- and lost six pounds -- due to a bad case of the flu. But he should have just enough time to get back in shape before the Braves open their regular-season schedule on April 6.
Mar 26 - 12:08 PM

Christian Bethancourt was scratched from the Braves' lineup Thursday due to flu-like symptoms.

The young catcher should be fine in a couple of days. He is off to a 9-for-25 (.360) start this spring.
Mar 19 - 11:23 AM

Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as the Braves crushed the Red Sox 11-3 on Tuesday.

Both doubles were legit, and it's nice to see his power starting to show up. In 113 major league at-bats last season, he had all of three doubles and no homers. He's without a homer this spring, but he already has six doubles in 25 at-bats.
Mar 17 - 4:55 PM

Christian Bethancourt had to leave Thursday's game after taking a foul tip off the top of his left knee.

Bethancourt initially stayed in the game and even doubled in his next at-bat, but he was then lifted for a pinch-runner. "It’s just a hit," Bethancourt said. "It’s just spring training. You don’t want anything to get worse. I’m OK. I didn’t want to come out after I got hit. They took me out for protection. It does hurt. It’s part of the game. I’m a catcher. I’m used to getting hit all the time." Bethancourt already wasn't scheduled to play Friday, but he should be alright to return to action Saturday.
Mar 13 - 9:16 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Ryan Lavarnway
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Chris Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eury Perez
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Williams Perez
6Matt Wisler
7Michael Foltynewicz
8Manny Banuelos
9Bronson Arroyo
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3David Aardsma
4Luis Avilan
5Jason Frasor
6Andrew McKirahan
7Ross Detwiler
8Brandon Cunniff
9Chris Withrow
10Jason Grilli
11Shae Simmons
12Josh Outman