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Christian Bethancourt Positional Comfort Index

Tuesday afternoon, the Mariners clobbered the Padres, and this happened: The Bethancourt in question is Christian Bethancourt, the only major-league Bethancourt, and as you can see, he finished the game hitless. Bethancourt, though, has finished a lot of games hitless. He’d never finished a game at second base, and he’d definitely never finished a game at second base after having...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Bethancourt plays 4 positions, hits 96 mph on mound

SEATTLE (AP) Christian Bethancourt was filled with nerves as he warmed up, partly because he had no idea what to expect. Bethancourt figures the last time he pitched to live hitters, he was 13 or 14 years old. Now, the catcher-turned-outfielder was standing on the mound in Seattle, tasked with saving some bullpen arms while the San Diego Padres slogged through a 16-4 loss to the...
Via Associated Press
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt throws eephus pitch

In the past, curveballs were the best way for MLB pitchers to change an opposing hitter’s eye level and throw them off balance. They’re still the preferred way to accomplish that task, but more and more pitchers are working on throwing an eephus pitch to further confuse hitters. And catchers are learning them too, apparently. Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt came in to pitch...
Via The Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Padres catcher throw a 95 mph fastball then a 53 mph eephus pitch

The San Diego Padres were on the wrong end of a 16-4 loss to the to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. But even in defeat, the Padres managed to eke out an impressive highlight.With the game out of hand, the Padres decided to save the bullpen and have catcher Christian Bethancourt try to get some outs. The 24-year-old catcher did retire two batters, but it was the assortment of pitches...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Not one, but two position players take the mound for the Padres

It’s the sure-fire sign of a depleted pitching staff — when a team’s next reliever is a player who spends a majority of his time taking batting practice instead of throwing it. The San Diego Padres, though, didn’t settle for one position player on Tuesday afternoon at Safeco Field. They use two (catcher Christian Bethancourt and backup shortstop Alexi Amarista) in order...
Via The Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey irate with Christian Bethancourt admiring homer

John Lackey was none too pleased with how Christian Bethancourt stood and admired his mammoth game-winning solo shot during the Chicago Cubs’ 1-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Bethancourt’s towering shot to left field, his third home run on the season, came during the fifth inning and ended up on the street outside Wrigley Field. Video of Lackey’s reaction...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 12, 2016  |  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 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...
June 16, 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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