Christian Gabriel Bethancourt (pronounced: BETH-anncourt)…Signed by: Luis Ortiz.
Played for NC Dinos in the Korean Baseball Organization...Slashed .246/.308/.404 in 53 games in the KBO...Following the season, played for Oriente in the Dominican Winter League.
Was a non-roster invitee to MIL's spring training...Spent entire season with Colorado Springs (AAA)...Selected as a Pacific Coast League midseason and postseason All-Star...Named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...Was T-1st on Colorado Springs in HR...Caught 19 runners in 43 SB attempts (44.2%) over 74 games (71 starts) at catcher...Also appeared in eight games at 1st base...Following the season, played for Cibaenas in the DWL.
Made SD's Opening Day roster...Spent most of the season with El Paso (AAA)...Did not catch during the regular season, as he converted to pitcher...Appeared in four games with SD as a pitcher...Went 3-2 with an 8.21 ERA (38 ER, 41.2 IP) in 34 games (1 start) for El Paso...Following the season, played for Cibaenas in the DWL.
Made his second career Opening Day roster and set career-highs in nearly every category this season, including games played (73), runs (20), hits (44), doubles (nine), home runs (six), RBI (25) and walks (10). Appeared in 73 games in 2016 and made 44 starts total, including 35 at catcher, four in right field, three in left field and two as the designated hitter. Hit a solo home run in the Padres' 1-0 victory on 5/11 in the second game of a double-header against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field to hand the Cubs their first back-to-back losses of the season…became just the third Padre to ever hit a home run in a 1-0 game at Wrigley Field, joining John Vander Wal (6/1/99) and Russell Branyan (6/16/07). Made his Major League pitching debut, as well as his debut in the infield on 5/31 at Seattle, playing 0.1 innings at second base and pitching 0.2 innings, also playing 3.0 innings in left field and 4.0 innings behind the plate…per STATS, became just the fifth player (going back to data available since 1913) to appear at catcher, pitcher, in the outfield and in the infield, with the other four players having played all nine positions in their respective games, including: Shane Halter for Detroit on 10/1/00, Scott Sheldon for Texas on 9/6/00, Cesar Tovar for Minnesota on 9/22/68 and Bert Campaneris for the Kansas City Athletics on 9/6/85. In the pinch this season he hit .444 (4-9) with two RBI. Hit .260 (27-for-104) at Petco Park in 37 games compared to a .191 (17-for-89) average in 36 games on the road. Placed on the 15-day DL on 8/31 with a left intercostal strain and missed the final 31 games of the season.
Made his first career Opening Day roster with the Braves, splitting the season between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett....Over his first 29 games with Atlanta, after making his first career Opening Day roster, hit .198 (20-for-101) before being optioned to Gwinnett on 6/15.... Hit his first career Major League home run on 6/6 vs. PIT off of Vance Worley....Over 52 games for Gwinnett, hit .327 (66-for-202) with 19 doubles, four home runs, 31 RBI and 25 runs scored....Recalled for a second stint with Atlanta on 8/24, spending the remainder of the season with the Major League club and hitting .204 (11-for-54) over 19 games....Enjoyed a strong month ofAugust with Gwinnett, hitting .394 (28-for-71) with 11 extra-base hits and 18 RBI in 18 games....Entered the 2015 season ranked by Baseball America as the organization's fifth-best prospect…also tabbed by the publication in their "Best Tools" survey as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Braves system.
Entered the 2015 season ranked by Baseball America as the organization's fifth-best prospect. Also tabbed by the publication in their "Best Tools" survey as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Braves system...Split time between the Major League club and Triple-A Gwinnett in his seventh professional campaign...Appeared in 31 games for the Braves over two separate stints, 6/28-7/21 and 9/2 through the remainder of the season. Batted .248 (28-for-113) with three doubles and nine RBI, while starting 29 of 31 contests...Batted .240 (12-for-50) with one double and three RBI in his first stint with ATL, 6/28-7/21, and .254 (16-for-63) with two doubles and six RBI in his second stint with the club, 9/2 through the end of the season...Threw out 3-of-13 (.231) would-be base stealers on the season with ATL. Those three caught stealing came in the last seven attempts on the season...Posted a .987 fielding percentage (three errors/234 total chances) over 260.1 defensive innings with ATL...Had a career-high three hits with ATL on two separate occasions, 7/5 vs. ARI and 9/3 vs. PHI...Hit in a season-high five consecutive games with ATL, 9/22-26: 375 (6-for-16) with a .412 on-base pct...Batted .409 (9-for-22) vs. left-handed pitchers, compared to .209 (19-for-91) vs. right-handers with ATL...Played in 91 games for GWI in his first season with the club, including 88 starts overall with 78 at catcher. Posted a .283 (97-for-343) batting average with nine extra-base hits and 48 RBI...Ranked ninth among Braves farmhands with a .408 slugging percentage...Ranked third on GWI in RBI (48) and was tied for third with eight home runs...Named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game World Team. Did not participate in the game as he was with ATL at the time of the game...Named by the Organization as the GWI Player of the Month for May after batting .271 (23-for-85) with eight extra-base hits, including five doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI...Opened the season with GWI and batted .273 (63-for-231) with 12 doubles, three home runs and 32 RBI in his first 63 games with the club prior to his first call up to majors on 6/28...In his second stint with GWI, 7/22-9/1, batted .304 (34-for-112) with five doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI over 28 games...Over his final 25 games with GWI, batted .317 (32-for-101) with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Posted a .375 (24-for-64) batting average with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI over his last 16 contests...Over a 22-game span, 4/25-5/25, batted .301 (25-for-83) with nine extra-base hits and 17 RBI...Batted .304 (34-for-112) in 34 games post-International League All-Star break, compared to .273 (63-for-231) over 63 contests before the break...Entered the 2014 season as the Braves No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America.
Spent the 2013 season with the Double-A Mississippi Braves, batting .277 (99-for-358) with 12 home runs and 45 Rbi in 90 games, including 84 starts at catcher. Made his first appearance on a Major League roster after being recalled from the Mississippi Braves on 9/9. His Major League debut came as a pinch-hitter (0-for-1, K) on 9/29 vs. PHI. Established a Mississippi Braves record by reaching base safely via hit (35) or walk (five) over a 40-game span, from 6/13-8/14. Batted .338 (54-for-160) to raise his batting average 88 points from .250 to .338 during the 40-game stretch. Ranked fifth among Braves farmhands with a .436 slugging percentage and his 12 home runs were tied for sixth. Started at catcher in three of the four M-Braves first-round postseason games and hit .385 (5-for-13) with a .429 on-base percentage and three runs scored. Named to the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game World Roster for the second consecutive season. He entered the game in the sixth inning at catcher and went 0-for-1 at the plate. Selected as a Southern League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star. Set a career high and tied for the M-Braves team lead with 12 home runs. Over his final 39 games of the season with Mississippi, from 7/6 on, batted .307 (50-for-163) with eight homers and 24 RBI. In that span, he reached base in 35 of 39 contests, including a 24-of-25 game stretch, from 7/6 to 8/14, in which he recorded at least one hit. Posted a 16-game hitting streak, 7/27-8/14. Batted .377 (26-for-69) with five doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in that span. Batted .305 (57-for-187) with 11 doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI in 48 games played at Trustmark Park compared to .246 (42-for-171) with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 21 RBI in 42 road games. Played in 16 games for Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League and batted .226 (12-for-53) with three doubles, a home run and four RBI. Entered the season ranked as the third-best prospect and the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Atlanta Braves system according to Baseball America.
Enters 2013 as the third-best prospect in the Braves system as rated by Baseball America. Batted .268 (38-for-142) at home with 18 RBI compared to .214 (27-for-126) and eight RBI on the road. With RISP and two outs, batted .361 (13-for-36) with one triple, one home run and 13 RBI. Of his 71 games played, made 69 starts at catcher while with Mississippi (AA). Named to the mid-season Southern League All-Star team after batting .255 (37-for-145) with 11 RBI, 20 runs scored and five stolen bases in the season's first half. Selected to play in the 2012 Futures Game in Kansas City, getting the start at catcher for the World team. He went 0-3 at the plate, but threw out the lone Team USA base runner attempting to steal. Batted .224 (13-for-58) with three doubles and three RBI in 23 games at catcher for Tigers del Licey of the Dominican Winter League.
Enters the 2012 season as the eighth-best prospect in the Braves farm system, rated by Baseball America...Split time between Class A Rome and High-A Lynchburg, batting .289 (112-for-387) with 16 doubles and 53 RBI in 99 games between the two stops...Opened the season with Rome (A) and batted .303 (67-for-221) in 54 games before a mid-season promotion to Lynchburg (A) on 6/23. Played in 45 games for Lynchburg, batting .271 (45-for-166)...Posted an 11-game hitting streak 5/14-28: .400 (18-for-45) including six multi-hit games in that span...Had 22 multi-hit games with Rome. Strung together five consecutive two-hit games, 6/5-11. Posted 16multi-hit efforts with Lynchburg...Batted a combined .314 (92-for-293) vs. right-handed pitchers compared to .213 (20-for-94) vs. lefties...His .289 combined batting average ranked ninth among Braves minor leaguers...In 50 games at catcher, hit .324 (66-for-204) for Rome...Best month offensively came in June when he hit .356 (31-for-87) with eight doubles and nine RBI in 21 games between Rome and Lynchburg...Drove in a season high four runs on 5/25 at LEX. Collected a season high three hits on seven occasions...Batted .306 (22-for-72) with three doubles, five homers and 13 RBI in 19 games at catcher for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.
Enters 2011 rated by Baseball America as the Braves 12th-best prospect and the 14th-best in the South Atlantic League...Spent his first full season at Single-A Rome batting .251 with 19 doubles and 34 RBI in career- and team-high 108 contests...His 100 hits led the Rome Club and he was tied for third in RBI with 34...Had his best month in June when he hit .305 with four doubles and nine RBI in 17 games...Batted .238 while playing 79 games at catcher and hit .290 in 28 games as the designated hitter...Had a season-high four hits and collected two RBI on 4/11 at Kannapolis.
Entered the season as Baseball America's sixth-ranked Braves prospect and the top prospect in theGulf Coast League...Claimed organizational GCL MVP honors...Batted .277 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 46 games between GCL and Danville (R)...Also honored by the Braves as the GCL July Player of the Month (.329-1-12).
Following the season was rated by Baseball America as the 30th-best prospect in the Braves farmsystem.