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Short Hops: Braves catchers review/preview's team of Braves writers are taking a look back at 2015, position by position, and breaking down what we know heading into what figures to be another busy offseason. We start things off with catcher. STATS THAT MATTER 12 --Number of home runs Braves catchers hit in 2015, led by A.J. Pierzynski's nine. That ended a stretch of 10 seasons in which Atlanta's backstops...
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Braves catcher Bethancourt undergoes knee surgery to repair torn meniscus

Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Monday night. Bethancourt expects to return to his offseason training regimen before December. The 24-year-old catcher announced the procedure on his Instagram page, writing, "Not the best way to start the offseason but oh well I guess this is life. Last night...
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Chopcast: Offensive help, bullpen highlight Braves' offseason needs

The Atlanta Braves are expected to be extremely active again this offseason. What are their biggest needs? Will Mike Minor be back? Can Christian Bethancourt handle a starting spot? Zach Dillard and Cory McCartney discuss some major offseason storylines and much, much more. Subscribe on iTunes here.
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves looking for consistency from Bethancourt

ATLANTA -- Before a recent game, Christian Bethancourt sat at his locker in the Braves' clubhouse, headphones in as he poked at his iPad. He was playing a Japanese baseball game where the user creates his own player and takes him through the progression of a career. The rookie catcher summed up his domination succinctly. "Well, I've played 11 seasons and I've been MVP eight times...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Bethancourt's 9th-inning HR lifts Braves past Pirates

  Christian Bethancourt lined Vance Worley's first pitch in the ninth inning over the right-field wall for his first career homer, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Bethancourt had three hits, including the drive off Worley (2-4). The ball, curving toward the foul pole, cleared the wall beyond the reach of right fielder Gregory...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves’ Christian Bethancourt Waiting for Opportunity to Shine

  Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, left, speaks with catcher Christian Bethancourt in the first inning of play against the Miami Marlins during a baseball game in Miami, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) Christian Bethancourt has built a fair amount of buzz in prospect circles for a few years now, especially after the Atlanta Braves parted with long-time...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pierzynski’s hot start leaves Bethancourt looking for playing time

Atlanta Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski (15) is forced out at second base by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) on an Alberto Callaspo ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The Braves are in need of offense. After the offseason roster overhaul, Atlanta wasn’t expected to be a contender in the National...
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April 29, 2015  |  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 straight game...
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June 30, 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 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...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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