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25 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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 224.90
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Braves recall Christian Bethancourt


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. He owns a .283/.308/.408 slash line with eight homers and 48 RBI over 343 at-bats at Triple-A.

Christian Bethancourt hits Triple-A DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Gwinnett, due to a left hand contusion. Bethancourt is hitting .268/.292/.393 in 313 at-bats at Gwinnett, and shouldn't be out long. 

Christian Bethancourt sent down


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Braves optioned catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Evan Gattis' return from the disabled list. Bethancourt batted .240 with three RBI in 50 at-bats.

When Evan Gattis returns, Christian Bethancourt to head down


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday that the team has no plans to move Evan Gattis to a different position when he returns, meaning Christian Bethancourt will likely be sent back to the minors when Gattis is activated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

An excellent defensive catcher, Bethancourt has hit .281/.324/.313 in 32 at-bats over eight games since joining the Braves. There was speculation the team could be entertaining a positional shift of Gattis even before his back injury. However, it appears the Braves will stick with Gattis behind the plate and let Bethancourt continue to develop at the Triple-A level.


Juan Jaime demoted to make room for Christian Bethancourt


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) A roster spot for promising minor league catcher Christian Bethancourt has been cleared by the Braves by the demotion of right-hander Juan Jaime to Triple-A Gwinnett. Bethancourt was called up to be the 26th man for the Saturday doubleheader, but the opening of the spot will allow him to stay.

The upshot could be the moving of Evan Gattis to left field and benching of unproductive B.J. Upton.

The 22-year-old Bethancourt owned a decent .273/.304/.372 stat line at the Triple-A level.

The clearing of a 25-man spot for Bethancourt indicates that Gattis, who is dealing with a back problem, could be out for a few more days but might not be destined for the disabled list.


Christian Bethancourt not a big deal in Fantasy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Even if the Braves are considering calling up Christian Bethancourt to play catcher, as MLB.com recently reported, all it would mean for Fantasy owners is an increase in Evan Gattis' playing time. True, with Gattis moving to left field, B.J. Upton would be out of a job, but it's not like anyone's still holding out hope for a rebound from him.

Bethancourt is only a prospect because of his defense. He doesn't offer enough offensive potential to move the needle in Fantasy, particularly at a deep position. Even with a recent hot streak at Triple-A Gwinnett that has him batting .312 over his last 37 games, he's still batting just .274 with a .672 OPS overall. He did show so improvement with a .277 batting average and 12 home runs in 358 at-bats at Double-A Mississippi last year, but his step back this year shows his bat is still far from major league ready.

Maybe he could put up numbers along the lines of a Tyler Flowers or, in a best-case scenario, a Welington Castillo, but that would make him no more than a desperation option in two-catcher leagues.


Braves considering making changes to lineup?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) With Braves catcher prospect Christian Bethancourt on a roll offensively at Triple-A Gwinnett, Atlanta has started toying with the idea of shaking up their lineup, according to MLB.com.

The lineups moves would include moving catcher Evan Gattis to left field, Justin Upton to right field, Jason Heyward to center field and struggling outfielder B.J. Upton to the bench. The lineup changes would create an opening for Bethancourt to start at catcher.

Bethancourt has always been lauded for his defense, but the 22-year-old catcher is beginning to improve offensively. He is batting .312 with a .764 OPS in his last 37 games at Triple-A.

"We're hearing [Bethancourt] right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're paying attention."


Braves dispatch five to minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) The Braves have optioned right-handers Juan Jaime and Luis Vasquez, catcher Christian Bethancourt and center fielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A and shortstop Elmer Reyes to Double-A. None of the moves are considered a surprise.

Braves unwilling to meet price for Jeff Samardzija, David Price


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) The Braves were unwilling to meet the Rays' asking price of pitcher Alex Wood, catcher Christian Bethancourt and at least two other top prospects to acquire David Price, nor were they willing to trade outfielders Justin Upton or Jason Heyward in a package for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, MLB.com reports.

The Braves instead signed Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal rather than trade multiple significant pieces to acquire a proven ace. It appears to be a seller's market with regards to starting pitching that could potentially be traded this offseason.


Braves face uncertainty at catcher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) With catcher Brian McCann heading into free agency this offseason, the Braves face uncertainty at the catcher position for the first time in eight years. Manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Wednesday that Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird and Christian Bethancourt are all in the mix for playing time behind the plate, MLB.com reports.

"Maybe not knowing what's going on, but you give Bethancourt a little chance and bring him along a little bit," Gonzalez told MLB.com. "Go with Gattis and Laird, and throw Bethancourt a bone every once in a while, put Gattis out in left field because we know that he can do it."

McCann played 92 games behind the plate in 2013, including 91 starts and 84 complete games. Gattis made 42 appearances and 38 starts at catcher while drawing 48 appearances (47 starts) in left field, as well as four appearances at first base. Laird was the only other Brave to draw playing time at catcher, making 40 appearances and 33 starts at the position.


Braves recall Christian Bethancourt


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Braves have recalled prospect catcher Christian Bethancourt, MLB.com reports.

Bethancourt is the final scheduled Braves callup of the season. The 22-year-old hit .277/.305/.436 with 12 home runs in 90 games for Double-A Mississippi.


Braves option Christian Bethancourt to Double-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2013) The Braves have optioned catcher Christian Bethancourt to Double-A.

The 21-year-old hit .243/.275/.291 in 288 plate appearances at Double-A last season. Catchers Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird will likely begin the year on the 25-man roster until Brian McCann is ready to return.


Bethancourt ready after setback


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2013) MLB.com reports Braves catcher prospect Christian Bethancourt, who was limited to half a season at Double-A Mississippi in 2012 because of a fractured left hand, could be in line to make the major-league roster in 2014. "I think if he would have been able to complete the full season there, I think it would've made a world of difference for him," Braves assistant general manager and director of player development Bruce Manno said of Bethancourt. "He's fine [health-wise], he went and played winter ball in the Dominican and was able to kind of make up some at-bats, so that helped quite a bit with the time he missed. He's a player who we really, we really like his defensive ability, and offensively we think he's going to continue to improve. We have to see where he is in his development in the spring before we decide what's going to happen to him [level-wise], because we just don't know without the full sample of a season last year."