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CHRISTIAN BETHANCOURT RUMORS

Braves’ Christian Bethancourt Waiting for Opportunity to Shine

  Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, left, speaks with catcher Christian Bethancourt in the first inning of play against the Miami Marlins during a baseball game in Miami, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) Christian Bethancourt has built a fair amount of buzz in prospect circles for a few years now, especially after the Atlanta Braves parted with long-time...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pierzynski’s hot start leaves Bethancourt looking for playing time

Atlanta Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski (15) is forced out at second base by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) on an Alberto Callaspo ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The Braves are in need of offense. After the offseason roster overhaul, Atlanta wasn’t expected to be a contender in the National...
Via The Sports Journal
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierzynski: 'If you need me to fight the guy, I'll fight the guy'

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...
Via Fox Sports
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves beat Nationals 3-1 to snap 5-game skid

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...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves end 25-inning scoreless streak in victory over Phillies

  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...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves notebook: Rookie catcher Bethancourt embracing opportunity

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...
Via Fox Sports South
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves considering promotion for Christian Bethancourt

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...
Via Tireball.com
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

For Latin American players, need to learn English goes beyond the game

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...
Via Fox Sports South
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves prospect Bethancourt staying patient as offense develops

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...
Via Fox Sports South
May 08, 2014  |  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...
Via Fox Sports South
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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