CHRISTIAN BETHANCOURT RUMORS
Veteran catcher and ruffian A.J. Pierzynski knows his role. At least he knows the role that he plays best: the masked villain.
The 38-year-old, who recently signed with the Atlanta Braves and will help mentor young catcher Christian Bethancourt, had this to say about his desire to help his new squad:
"I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win," Pierzynski said. "If you need...
ATLANTA (AP) Christian Bethancourt had a three-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night and preserve their fading playoff hopes.
The Braves, who snapped a five-game losing streak, began the day 5 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild card.
Stephen Souza Jr. hit his first career homer for the Nationals. Washington manager...
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September 17, 2014
Rookie Christian Bethancourt had three hits in his return to the major leagues, including a fifth-inning single that helped the Atlanta Braves break out of their scoring slump in a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer in a three-run second as the Braves ended a 25-inning scoreless streak.
Bethancourt, a catcher recalled from Triple...
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September 03, 2014
Going into Philadelphia, the Braves knew that the rival Nationals had dropped 3 straight games and opened the door to put Atlanta back within a half game of the National League East lead. By the end of the 4-game weekend series, the Braves had a half game lead in the division. For a team that squandered the opportunity to retake the division lead when they visited the Nationals in...
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...
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...
Christian Bethancourt remembers six years ago sitting at his locker in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, an 18-year-old Panamanian thrust into the United States for the first time.
He watched Gulf Coast League Braves teammates, among them current Atlanta stars Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward; he watched their mouths move and he heard the words, but they held no meaning.
"All the American...
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...
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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...