Christian Bethancourt

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Christian Bethancourt
Christian Bethancourt with catchers mask Sept 2014.jpg
Bethancourt with the Atlanta Braves (2014)
Atlanta Braves – No. 27
Catcher
Born: (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 23)
Panama City, Panama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 29, 2013 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .246
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 9
Teams

Christian Gabriel Bethancourt (born September 2, 1991) is a Panamanian professional baseball catcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career[edit]

Bethancourt was signed as a non-drafted international free agent and began his minor league career at the age of 16 in 2008. He was named the seventh most promising catching prospect in baseball by MLB.com prior to the 2012 season.[1] He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[2]

Bethancourt played for the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League in 2012. On August 9, 2012, Bethancourt broke his left hand when he was hit with a pitch.[3] The Braves added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[4]

Bethancourt again played for Mississippi in 2013. Following the end of the minor league season, he was promoted and joined the Atlanta Braves on September 9, 2013.[5][6]

Bethancourt made his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 29, 2013 in the bottom of the eighth. He struck out in his only at bat.[7]

In 2014, Bethancourt began the year with the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League. He was promoted to the major leagues when Evan Gattis went on the disabled list on June 28.[8] He recorded his first major league RBI on July 1, 2014 against Daisuke Matsuzaka. Bethancourt batted .240 with the Braves in 13 games, and was demoted to the minor leagues on July 21, when Gattis was activated from the disabled list. He will be promoted back to the Braves on September 2.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (January 20, 2012). "Prospect Watch: Top 10 catchers". MLB.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (June 21, 2012). "Prospects pack rosters for 2012 All-Star Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Mark. "Catching prospect Bethancourt breaks hand". Atlanta.braves.mlb.com. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Carroll (November 20, 2012). "Bethancourt among five minor leaguers added to 40-man | Atlanta Braves". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Rodgers, Carroll (September 9, 2013). "Bethancourt joins Braves in Miami". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 24, 2013). "Bethancourt called up to get a taste of big leagues". MLB.com. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Carroll (September 29, 2013). "Bethancourt gets first major league at-bat". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/christian-bethancourt-on-gattis-looming-return/ngjWt/
  9. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/south/story/braves-call-up-five-including-bethancourt-090114

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