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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  • fireboss

    The Braves should never trust Doumit is a meaningful game. They sent Jaime down and Gattis is still say to day. This was the obvious move, players are often optioned between games of a double header. Besides it gives them a chance to look at Bethancourt and Hale has thrown to him before so they know each other. BJ and Jason are resting it was warm that first game and a day game after a travel day .

    • Chris Headrick

      Looks guys, is there really any room (currently at least) for Bethancourt? I like Christian. He’s a better catcher than Gattis, but his bat isn’t quite as good (though it has that potential). Laird is a good catcher as well. He’s done it forever, and is a good mentor. So, short of Laird retiring, and with Doumit as a backup also, isn’t CB really a good trade option now given the Braves real and current needs going into the 2nd half? Did they just bring him up to give others a look? I am just finding it increasingly hard to see reasons to keep Bethancourt around, outside of just keeping him in Triple-A another year or two waiting in the wings for Laird to get traded or retired, and with Laird’s age, the latter is the better possibility. It’s early in the a.m and I’ve just had one cup of coffee, but am I missing something? LOL

      • fireboss

        I think this is just necessity. They watched Doumt catch and decided that as a catcher he makes a good bench bat. The don’t want to DL Gattis and watching him will make him more desirable as a trade piece, I don;t know if Wren can bring himself to do that but this is his sixth year and they have to do something with him next year at the latest. Watching him behind the plate makes me smile; he’s like Simba with a mask. If Gattis’ bat wasn’t so essential I’d trade him but he is. One wonders whether Bethancourt can play corner outfield?