Mar 11, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt (58) bats in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training exhibition game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Call Up Christian Bethancourt And Insert Him Into Lineup

The Atlanta Braves have called up one of their top prospects Christian Bethancourt for game two of the Saturday double-header with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 22-year-old has been around the Braves organization for seven years since he was 16.  He’s been a top prospect for the Braves for years and highly regarded as a great defensive catcher.  Scouts have some certain over his hitting ability but has a .273/.304/.372 slash line in 2014 while playing with the Gwinnett Braves.

It was uncertain with Gerald Laird would catch both games or not but the first assumption was that Ryan Doumit would catch if Laird wouldn’t.  The second thought would be Evan Gattis would feel better and would play.  An out-of-nowhere conclusion came around 6pm Saturday after.

 

 

Not exactly sure what this means….is Evan Gattis on his way to the DL?….is this a one time game thing?  Why don’t the Braves trust Doumit if he is the third catcher?

Not trying to start a rumor but could Jason Heyward potentially tweaked his leg or ankle when he stumbled coming out of the box during the early game?  Or are the Braves just sitting him and B.J. Upton for rest.

Gus Schlosser was announced earlier that he was the Braves 26th man for the double-header so the Braves must make a roster move to add Bethancourt.

Bethancourt will bat 8th in the Braves lineup.  Game will start at 7:15pm Eastern.

1. Jordan Schafer CF

2. Andrelton Simmons SS

3. Freddie Freeman 1B

4. Justin Upton LF

5. Ryan Doumit RF

6. Chris Johnson 3B

7. Tommy La Stella P

8. Christian Bethancourt

9. David Hale P

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