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San Diego Padres: Christian Bethancourt to Focus on Pitching in Minors

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19 hours ago

Christian Bethancourt To Continue Pitching In Triple-A

The Padres sent catcher/outfielder/reliever Christian Bethancourt outright to Triple-A earlier this week after he cleared waivers with the hope that he’d continue to hone his mound skills, and as Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune writes, Bethancourt has informed general manager A.J. Preller that he is indeed open to that. Bethancourt only recently began experimenting as...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Bethancourt decides to pitch in Triple-A

Pitcher/catcher Christian Bethancourt has told the Padres he's willing to go to the Minor Leagues and continue his development as a pitcher. He reported to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday, as the Padres concluded a four-game series against the D-backs at Chase Field.
1 day ago

Spangenberg recalled; Bethancourt outrighted

The Padres recalled infielder Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday before their game against the D-backs at Chase Field. In a corresponding move, San Diego outrighted catcher/pitcher Christian Bethancourt to El Paso.
3 days ago

Padres Outright Christian Bethancourt

The Padres announced that utility man/reliever Christian Bethancourt has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso. In a corresponding move, the Friars have recalled infielder Cory Spangenberg from El Paso. The 25-year-old Bethancourt, once a top catching prospect with the Braves, began working out as a pitcher with the Padres this offseason and pitched in the Panamanian...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Christian Bethancourt and Two-Way Players of the Past, Future

Christian Bethancourt made the Padres! This is exciting, because he’s making the team as a catcher and a reliever at the same time. His existence challenges norms in a sport that’s known for the specialized roles of its participants. That said, we’ll have to see if he’s more Brooks Kieschnick or more Kenley Jansen eventually. Because hitter-slash-pitcher Kieschnick was nearly...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while taking up sculpting on the side.A happy birthday today to Walt Frazier, Earl Campbell, Jennifer Capriati and Maxim Lapierre. On this date in 1989 Sergei Priakin became the first Soviet player allowed to play in the NHL...
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March 29, 2017  |  Discuss

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

In Little League, it's extremely common for the best player on the team to be the ace of the pitching staff while also excelling in the field when he's not on the mound. That typically ends as players get older, particularly once they move on from high school ball and head to college or turn pro.Of course, there are always the Micah Owings of the world, MLB pitchers who find their...
Via Yardbarker
March 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Padres to have Christian Bethancourt pitch and catch

The San Diego Padres are a franchise that has become accustomed to losing, and there are many reasons why they haven’t had a .500 or better record since 2010.Whether it’s overpaying free agents, bringing in players with attitude problems or their poor farm system, it’s clear the Padres aren’t getting much better anytime soon, while the rest of the NL West is an arms race...
Via The Sports Daily
March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Christian Bethancourt Positional Comfort Index

Tuesday afternoon, the Mariners clobbered the Padres, and this happened: The Bethancourt in question is Christian Bethancourt, the only major-league Bethancourt, and as you can see, he finished the game hitless. Bethancourt, though, has finished a lot of games hitless. He’d never finished a game at second base, and he’d definitely never finished a game at second base after having...
Via Fangraphs
June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

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