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San Diego Padres: Bethancourt’s Versatility Gaining National Attention

The San Diego Padres have a gem in pitcher, catcher, and outfielder Christian Bethancourt, a player who is beginning to draw attention due to his versatility. It is a “little league mentality” according to manager Andy Green. Christian Bethancourt, a catcher, pitcher, and outfielder for the San Diego Padres, is getting noticed by many baseball […] San Diego Padres: Bethancourt’s...
Via Friars on Base
1 day ago

Bethancourt impresses in 1st pitching session

On Friday, "catcher Christian Bethancourt" gave way to "right-handed pitcher Christian Bethancourt," who threw his first official bullpen session of Spring Training. He tossed 25 pitches to catcher Rocky Gale, and the San Diego staff came away impressed with his command and improved mechanics.
6 days ago

Christian Bethancourt as the Ultimate Utility Player

While fans of 20 teams were coping with the end of the season over the weekend, Dennis Lin delivered some incredibly exciting news. Padres manager Andy Green and host of other Padres officials were in Peoria to watch Christian Bethancourt throw a bullpen session. An injured player throwing an October bullpen session wouldn’t normally draw the manager, pitching coach, bullpen coach...
Via Fangraphs
October 04, 2016  |  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

Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt throws eephus pitch

In the past, curveballs were the best way for MLB pitchers to change an opposing hitter’s eye level and throw them off balance. They’re still the preferred way to accomplish that task, but more and more pitchers are working on throwing an eephus pitch to further confuse hitters. And catchers are learning them too, apparently. Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt came in to pitch...
Via The Sports Daily
June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

John Lackey irate with Christian Bethancourt admiring homer

John Lackey was none too pleased with how Christian Bethancourt stood and admired his mammoth game-winning solo shot during the Chicago Cubs’ 1-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Bethancourt’s towering shot to left field, his third home run on the season, came during the fifth inning and ended up on the street outside Wrigley Field. Video of Lackey’s reaction...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Braves deal C Bethancourt to Padres after dismal year

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have dealt away young catcher Christian Bethancourt after a disappointing season in which he failed to take advantage of his chance to take over the starting job. Once hyped as the catcher of the future, the 24-year-old Bethancourt was dealt to the San Diego Padres on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly and minor league catcher Ricardo...
Via Associated Press
December 10, 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...
Via Fox Sports South
June 30, 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's Coolray Field...
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

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