Braves cut spring training roster to 40

The Atlanta Braves' roster is slowly beginning to take shape. With the latest round of cuts, some higher-profile names within the the organization are being designated to their minor league roles: catcher Christian Bethancourt, outfielder Todd Cunningham and pitchers Juan Jamie and Luis Vasquez were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett while shortstop Elmer Reyes will start the season...
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28 days ago  |  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...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Farm System: Top Prospects

Spring Training is finally here. While we are getting ready for opening day, a lot of young players are getting ready to showcase their talents in front of big league clubs. With the excitement of baseball season comes the excitement of young players refining their skills in the minor leagues. Through this article, I’m going to break down what I think are the top two players at...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Call-Up: Christian Bethancourt by Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

The Braves call up a glove-first catcher of the future with the offensive potential to be an everyday guy.
Via Baseball Prospectus
September 10, 2013  |  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...
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

Braves Add Players to Their 40-Man Roster

With Brian McCann out with a shoulder injury, could Christian Bethancourt win a job with the big club? The Atlanta Braves have added catcher Christian Bethancourt and pitchers Zeke Spruill, David Hale, Aaron Northcraft and Cory Rasmus to their 40-man roster, protecting them from the December 6 Rule 5 draft. Tuesday is the deadline for major league teams to solidify their 40-man rosters...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
November 20, 2012  |  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...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Bethancourt isn't defined by numbers alone

Do not judge Christian Bethancourt's experience in the Arizona Fall League by his statistics. The numbers only tell part of the story for the young Atlanta catching prospect.
November 06, 2011  |  Discuss

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