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27 Christian Bethancourt C
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 9/2/1991 | Birthplace: Panama City, Panama | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves C Christian Bethancourt hitting .321 at Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Braves young catcher Christian Bethancourt has had positive results since being demoted to Triple-A in the middle of June. Bethancourt, who was the Opening Day catcher for the Braves this season, is batting .321 with two homers and nine RBI in 21 games with the Gwinnett Braves.

Bethancourt struggled mightily with the big club this season, batting just .198 and a 18:3 K:BB ratio in 101 at-bats prior to his demotion. 


Braves demote Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) The Braves will option catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, according to MLB.com. The subsequent move has yet to be revealed.

"He won't be forgotten. We're sending him out with a very clear plan," president of baseball operations John Hart said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bethancourt has struggled offensively all season, batting .208 with one home run, six doubles and nine RBI in 29 games. He has also had some defensive struggles, allowing five passed balls in 27 games, per Baseball-Reference.com.

Bethancourt began the season as the Braves' starting catcher before quickly being placed in a rotation with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski.


Braves C Chrstian Bethancourt hits walk-off homer to down Pirates


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt hadn't hit a home run in 201 major league at-bats. On at-bat No. 202, Bethancourt hit a walk-off home run to beat the Pirates 5-4 on Saturday.

Bethancourt went 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. The performance brought his batting average to .205 on the season.

"I've been feeling more confidence," said Bethancourt, per MLB.com. "I've been working in the cage with the hitting coach and during [batting practice]. You know, trying to get back on track and finally it seems like it's showing up. So I'm happy with it."


Juan Uribe starting, batting fifth in Braves lineup Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) The newest Braves acquisition, Juan Uribe, will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday night against his former team, the Dodgers. 

The Dodgers traded Uribe to Atlanta for Alberto Callaspo on Tuesday. 

Left fielder Johnny Gomes will hit seventh and Andrelton Simmons will bat eighth. 

The only other change from Tuesday is that A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher for Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski is hitting sixth. 


Braves inquiry about Jonathan Lucroy rebuffed by Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) With catcher Christian Bethancourt having a poor start to the season, the Braves inquired about Brewers starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the Braves were told he was unavailable.

Bethancourt began the season as the Braves starting catcher, but he was quickly replaced by veteran A.J. Pierzynski after he struggled at and behind the plate.


Braves' Christian Bethancourt doubles twice in win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt went 3 for 4 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored in his team's 10-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Bethancourt isn't known for his offense, but he helped key a seven-run seventh inning that decided the outcome of the game. He had managed just nine hits on the season before coming through with the big performance on Wednesday. The catcher has hit .190/.215/.286 with five RBI in 63 at-bats.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Todd Cunningham out of lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and left fielder Todd Cunningham are getting a rest and are being held out of the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers. 

Pierzynski had been behind the plate each of the last four games, but has struggled with the bat. He's hitting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games. He'll cede Thursday's start to rookie Christian Bethancourt.

Cunningham has been on a tear since being called up last week. In his first five games this season, the 26-year-old rookie is 9 for 19 with a pair of doubles. Nevertheless, he'll sit on Thursday with Jonny Gomes making the start in left while batting fifth.


Braves sign veteran catcher Wil Nieves to minors deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) The Braves have reportedly signed veteran catcher Wil Nieves  to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com. Nieves elected free agency after he was designated for assignment by the Padres earlier this month. He had one hit (a home run) in 13 at-bats before being let go.

Nieves will provide the Braves with catching depth. Currently, veteran A.J. Pierzynski and rookie Christian Bethancourt have been sharing time behind the plate for manager Fredi Gonzalez. The two have combined to hit .254 with three home runs so far, with Bethancourt really struggling offensively (he has just nine hits in 52 at-bats). 


Braves trying to turn around C Christian Bethancourt


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt has lost his starting job. Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer is trying to help him find his swing.

Seitzer has been urging the 23 year old to stop swinging for the fences and start swinging for hits.

"Don't try to do too much," Bethancourt told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when asked what Seitzer was telling him. "Try to use my hands, try to get back in my approach, and I should be alright."

Bethancourt has received more playing time since veteran replacement A.J. Pierzynski slowed down after a torrid start. But it hasn't helped. He is 3-for-26 with five strikeouts in eight games previous to Saturday. That lowered his slash line to .159/.196/.227.


Kelly Johnson, Christian Bethancourt get starts for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Jonny Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski aren't in the Braves' starting lineup for Saturday's game against Washington.

Kelly Johnson gets the start in left field in place of Gomes. It's Johnson's 13th start of the year in left, one shy of Gomes' total, but it's just the second time in the last six games that Johnson has started there.

Johnson will bat cleanup.

Christian Bethancourt gets the start behind the plate in place of Pierzynski. It's his 13th start of the year at catcher. He'll bat seventh. 


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

The Reds are sending a tough righty to the mound in the form of Johnny Cueto, but the Braves will allow lefty-swinging Pierzynski, who has hit .377/.400/.604 in 53 at-bats and is the only Atlanta player with an OPS north of .850, a day of rest. Christian Bethancourt will draw the start behind the plate and bat seventh.

The Braves are home underdogs (+134) Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Braves' Pierzynski gets day off Thursday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski was given a day off on Thursday, after catching the previous three games. Pierzynski has been hot at the plate lately, batting .455 (10 for 22) with nine RBI in his last six games.

Christian Bethancourt got the start behind the dish for the Braves, and left fielder Kelly Johnson was inserted into the cleanup spot in the lineup against the Reds on Thursday, the team announced.


Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt hopes to earn starting role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt knows manager Fredi Gonzalez has tough decisions to make. One of those decisions has been slotting veteran A.J. Pierzynski in the starting lineup more often this season than originally expected. Bethancourt is rolling with the punches and still thinks he can earn a starting role, according to MLB.com.

"You've got to respect the manager's decision," Bethancourt said. "He puts whoever he wants in the lineup. So, I've just got to be ready and wait for my opportunity. If he says I have to earn it, I will do my best to earn it. I have no problem with that."

Gonzalez has an idea of what he wants to do with Bethancourt.

"We want to give [Bethancourt] an opportunity, but the other guy, you put him in there every single time, and he just keeps hitting," Gonzalez said.

Bethancourt is hitting just .147 with two RBI in 34 at-bats this season.


Braves turning more often to hot-hitting C Pierzynski at starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Veteran A.J. Pierzynski is not supposed to be the starting catcher for the Braves. But maybe he is. Sort of.

The ambiguity is coming from Pierzynski himself, who seems to be wresting the job away from Christian Bethancourt. The former not only played Wednesday night, but also in an afternoon game Thursday.

Pierzynski has simply outperformed Bethancourt at the plate. His three-hit game Wednesday raised his average to .391 with three home runs, five RBI and an .826 slugging percentage. He's on a six-game hitting streak and is one start on the year behind Bethancourt, who was the declared starter before the season began.

"He's swinging it," Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "...He's not your normal prototypical catcher-backup guy that'll only catch 20, 30 games a year."


Braves' Freddie Freeman serving as DH Sunday vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is serving as the team's designated hitter for Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The Braves have mixed and matched at designated hitter during the series in Toronto, using Chris Johnson and Nick Markakis there in the team's first two days. Catcher Christian Bethancourt is also back in the lineup Sunday after sitting out the team's first two games of the series.

The Braves are underdogs (+135) against the Blue Jays Sunday.


Braves' Christian Bethancourt not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Bethancourt is 3 for 15 with one walk, two doubles and two RBI in four games this season. The Braves will use A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate Sunday. Pierzynski, who is 1 for 2 with a walk and a home run, will bat fifth.

The Braves are favorites (-118) against the Mets Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt back after two-game absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt was back in the spring lineup Thursday after missing two games following the removal of his wisdom teeth on Tuesday. He is batting .306 (11 for 36) with one home run, six doubles and seven RBI in 13 spring games.

Braves' Bethancourt to miss 1-2 days after wisdom teeth removal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt will be sidelined for one-to-two days after he had two wisdom teeth pulled Tuesday morning, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is hitting .306/.297/.556 with one home run and seven RBI over 36 spring at-bats.

Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt back in spring lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt returned to the spring lineup Thursday against the Pirates after missing just over a week due to the flu. Bethancourt, who last played in a game March 17, is batting .360 (9 for 25) with five RBI and six doubles in nine spring games.

Braves' Christian Bethancourt to miss third straight game with flu


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt will miss his third straight game with flu-like symptoms. 

Bethancourt's illness is lingering, and he'll miss Saturday's game, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien


Christian Bethancourt still suffering from flu, out for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt will miss a second straight game on Friday. 

Bethancourt was held out of Thursday's game with flu-like symptoms. The illness was still bothering him on Friday, and he didn't travel with the team for the road game in Jupiter, per Braves Radio's Kevin McAlpin


Braves' Bethancourt out Thursday due to flu-like symptoms


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt was scratched from Thursday's spring lineup against the Marlins due to flu-like symptoms. He was replaced by John Buck in the starting lineup.

Bethancourt is batting .360 (9 for 25) with three runs, six doubles and five RBI in nine spring games.


Braves' Christian Bethancourt making progress with calling games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt has made progress working with pitchers and calling a game, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bethancourt caught Shelby Miller for four innings and threw out a runner at second in the opening frame of Wednesday's game against the Yankees, leaving the right-hander impressed.

"Betty called a great game," Miller said. "Didn't shake except for maybe a couple of times. So we were on the same page the whole time, which is great. That's what you want in a catcher. He did a great job behind the plate."


Braves' Christian Bethancourt on knee: 'I'm OK'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt came out of Thursday's game after taking a batted ball to the knee but said after the game that the team was just being cautious, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"It’s just a hit," Bethancourt said. "It’s just spring training. You don’t want anything to get worse. I’m OK. I didn’t want to come out after I got hit. They took me out for protection. It does hurt. It’s part of the game. I’m a catcher. I’m used to getting hit all the time."

Manager Fredi Gonzalez hadn't planned to play the catcher Friday even before he took a ball to the knee, but it sounds like Bethancourt will be back in action this weekend.


Braves, A.J. Pierzynski agree to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Braves have agreed to a deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Pierzynski's deal is expected to be for about $2 million, but it won't be finalized until January.

Pierzynski will fill a veteran presence to complement young catcher Christian Bethancourt, and the agreement also means the Braves are serious about moving forward with Evan Gattis in left field full-time, according to Eye On Baseball.

Pierzynski hit .251/.288/.337 in 338 at-bats between Boston and St. Louis in 2014. However, he managed to smack a combined 44 home runs over his previous two seasons.