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CHRISTIAN BETHANCOURT RUMORS

Braves call up five, including Bethancourt

ATLANTA -- With the calendar flipping from August to September comes the ability for teams to expand their rosters from 25 up to 40 (if they wish), and the Braves added a number of familiar faces Monday. Outfielders Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich, right-handed reliever Juan Jaime and lefty Chasen Shreve were added from Triple-A Gwinnett, with prized catching prospect Christian...
Via Fox Sports South
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves notebook: Rookie catcher Bethancourt embracing opportunity

Christian Bethancourt's second major league call-up could potentially force him to miss some time at All-Star weekend -- the setting of his past two All-Star breaks. But after being showcased as one of the top catcher prospects in baseball in 2012 and 2013, he'll gladly accept the alternative. "When I got the call, it was exciting because I was going to be in my third...
Via Fox Sports South
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves To Bench B.J. Upton In Favor Of Triple-A Catcher Bethancourt

Mark Bowman from MLB.com wrote today about the possibility of the Atlanta Braves calling up Triple-A Gwinnett catcher Christian Bethancourt, who has been on a tear recently, to replace Evan Gattis as the starter behind the plate.  Of course if this happens, that would mean Gattis would move to left field while Jason Heyward mans center. In right would be Justin Upton.  B.J. Upton...
Via FF Locker Room
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves considering promotion for Christian Bethancourt

In order to get more offense injected into their lineup the Atlanta Braves are considering calling up catcher Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett reports Mark Bowman of Braves.com. Bethancourt, 22, has been hot in June at Gwinnett. Bethancourt is hitting .375/.380/.438 in 13 June games. On the season Bethancourt is hitting .274/.301/.371 with two home runs and 29 RBI in...
Via Tireball.com
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves prospect Bethancourt staying patient as offense develops

GWINNETT, Ga. -- With a pop time -- how long it takes a catcher to receive a pitcher and get the ball to second base -- that's just a tick below Pudge Rodriguez at 1.78 seconds, Christian Bethancourt's defense has never been questioned. The Braves prospect's offense is still developing -- and that power, that's coming. During batting practice at Triple-A Gwinnett...
Via Fox Sports South
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves prospect Bethancourt could challenge for 2015 starting job

Top-tier catcher prospects typically bubble up to the surface. By talent or, occasionally, by necessity, the Buster Poseys and Carlos Santanas of the baseball world find their way to the major league level one way or another. They, at the very least, get their shot. Christian Bethancourt, who has been rated as a top-10 prospect at catcher for the past three years in the Braves organization...
Via Fox Sports South
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves promote catcher Christian Bethancourt

The Atlanta Braves have promoted catching prospect Christian Bethancourt to the major league roster. Bethancourt, 22, spent the 2013 season with Double-A Mississippi and could be the Braves Opening Day catcher as early as next season if Brian McCann is not re-signed. With Double-A Mississippi, Bethancourt hit  .277/.305/.436 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 90 games. He is likely to...
Via Tireball.com
September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome

Bill Baer coined the term “Goldilocks Syndrome” to describe when we, as fans, get discouraged with a player or prospect because he isn’t perfect or what we hoped he would be, and Christian Bethancourt isn’t “just right”. Signed out of Panama in 2008, Bethancourt had elite potential behind the plate with good athleticism and an incredibly strong arm. The concern, however...
Via Fangraphs
February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Prospect Stock Watch – 06/28/12

Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta Braves Current Level: AA 2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 7th Current Value: Down This past off-season I spoke with a front office person who had very glowing things to say about Bethancourt – especially on defense. The backstop is continuing to impress observers with his play in the field in 2012 but his offense has been MIA at the double-A level...
Via Fangraphs
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Player Preview: Christian Bethancourt

20 year-old catcher Christian Bethancourt is a tough nut to crack. He's fallen from grace on many prospect lists (dropping to ninth on this year's BA top ten), because he hasn't found consistency hitting, despite playing the 2011 season as a 19 year-old in full season ball. He started the year in Rome, and after a cold spell to start the year, caught fire and finished...
Via Chop-N-Change
January 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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