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Christian Bethancourt CBrewers

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 27)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date9-2-1991
Height6' 2"
Weight213 lbs
Age28 years, 2 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.12015
0.42016
-0.02017
2018
0.12019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2013 ATL 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 72 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 ATL 22 31 117 28 3 0 0 3 26 1 1 1 .248 .274 .274 69 -3.8 0.2 -4.2 -0.3
2015 ATL 23 48 160 31 8 0 2 5 33 0 1 1 .200 .225 .290 60 -6.8 0.2 -0.8 -0.1
2016 SDN 24 73 204 44 9 0 6 10 56 0 1 2 .228 .265 .368 73 -6.3 0.6 1.6 0.4
2017 SDN 25 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 42 -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career161489104200818119134.222.252.31667-17.40.9-3.40.0

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2008 dbr Rk DSL 34 131 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 BRA Rk GCL 32 131 .242 .328 .352 .337 117 0.1 3.9 1.6 128 0 -0.2 0.7 6.2 1.2
2009 DNV Rk APL 14 56 .253 .327 .361 .344 91 3.2 2.0 0.7 144 0 -0.3 -0.4 6.1 0.8
2010 ROM A SAL 108 420 .253 .322 .369 .290 95 -10.5 12.3 3.3 75 0 0.5 -1.4 -11.0 0.4
2011 ROM A SAL 54 235 .262 .329 .392 .323 102 2.5 6.8 3.5 122 0 -0.1 1.5 1.7 1.4
2011 LYN A+ CAR 45 175 .254 .317 .379 .328 102 -9.2 5.2 1.8 78 0 0.9 1.0 -3.3 0.6
2012 MIS AA SOU 71 288 .253 .328 .378 .281 93 -9.8 7.9 4.7 66 0 -3.5 -2.0 -8.2 -0.1
2012 LIC Wnt DWL 23 61 .000 .000 .000 .241 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ATL MLB NL 1 1 .328 .387 .538 .000 98 -0.2 0.0 0 72 7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MIS AA SOU 90 388 .245 .317 .374 .294 96 3.7 10.6 5.7 110 0 -2.4 -0.4 -1.4 1.3
2014 ATL MLB NL 31 117 .246 .310 .371 .322 95 -5.6 3.0 1.8 69 11 -4.2 0.2 -3.8 -0.3
2014 GWN AAA INT 91 365 .260 .327 .390 .318 108 -7.8 10.9 5 96 0 1.8 0.3 -6.7 1.1
2015 ATL MLB NL 48 160 .259 .318 .405 .242 89 -9.2 4.3 2.6 60 14 -0.8 0.2 -6.8 -0.1
2015 GWN AAA INT 52 218 .252 .311 .361 .365 95 7.7 6.0 3.2 143 0 1.5 -0.4 6.3 1.7
2016 SDN MLB NL 73 204 .248 .315 .404 .288 93 -8 5.8 1.9 73 12 1.6 0.6 -6.3 0.4
2017 SDN MLB NL 8 7 .249 .322 .398 .250 87 -1.2 0.1 0.3 42 12 0.0 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2017 ELP AAA PCL 31 18 .243 .314 .373 .364 107 0 0.3 1.2 41 0 -1.0 0.0 -1.2 -0.1
2018 CSP AAA PCL 104 418 .266 .333 .408 .319 111 4.8 12.3 3.1 105 0 -5.6 -0.6 4.0 1.3
2018 AGU Wnt DWL 8 15 .000 .000 .000 .250 104 -0.5 0.3 0.2 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2008 dbr Rk DSL 131 116 12 31 6 3 0 43 17 11 25 1 0 .267 .336 .371 .103 0 0
2009 BRA Rk GCL 131 116 22 33 9 1 2 50 19 11 22 7 0 .284 .352 .431 .147 0 0
2009 DNV Rk APL 56 50 10 13 5 0 2 24 8 6 16 1 1 .260 .339 .480 .220 0 0
2010 ROM A SAL 420 399 31 100 19 2 3 132 34 14 62 11 3 .251 .280 .331 .080 0 0
2011 LYN A+ CAR 175 166 11 45 6 0 1 54 20 3 35 3 2 .271 .277 .325 .054 4 2
2011 ROM A SAL 235 221 25 67 10 3 4 95 33 8 27 6 3 .303 .323 .430 .127 5 0
2012 MIS AA SOU 288 268 30 65 5 1 2 78 26 11 45 8 6 .243 .275 .291 .049 3 4
2012 LIC Wnt DWL 61 58 5 13 3 0 0 16 3 2 5 1 0 .224 .246 .276 .052 1 0
2013 MIS AA SOU 388 358 42 99 21 0 12 156 45 16 57 11 7 .277 .305 .436 .159 7 5
2013 ATL MLB NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2014 ATL MLB NL 117 113 7 28 3 0 0 31 9 3 26 1 1 .248 .274 .274 .027 0
2014 GWN AAA INT 365 343 33 97 17 1 8 140 48 13 61 7 1 .283 .308 .408 .125 6
2015 ATL MLB NL 160 155 16 31 8 0 2 45 12 5 33 1 1 .200 .225 .290 .090 0 0
2015 GWN AAA INT 218 202 25 66 19 0 4 97 31 12 31 5 0 .327 .359 .480 .153 3 1
2016 SDN MLB NL 204 193 20 44 9 0 6 71 25 10 56 1 2 .228 .265 .368 .140 1 0
2017 ELP AAA PCL 18 18 2 5 1 0 1 9 2 0 6 0 0 .278 .278 .500 .222 0 0
2017 SDN MLB NL 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .000 0 0
2018 CSP AAA PCL 418 391 59 116 22 0 20 198 71 20 76 6 1 .297 .328 .506 .210 6 0
2018 AGU Wnt DWL 15 12 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 2 5 0 1 .167 .267 .250 .083 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2013 3 0.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 0.0000
2014 391 0.4348 0.5575 0.6835 0.7059 0.4434 0.8500 0.4796 0.3165 0.0006
2015 523 0.4990 0.6099 0.7210 0.7510 0.4695 0.8010 0.5935 0.2790 -0.0020
2016 751 0.4900 0.5699 0.6846 0.7201 0.4256 0.7396 0.5951 0.3154 0.0000
2017 25 0.5200 0.6400 0.5000 0.8462 0.4167 0.6364 0.2000 0.5000 0.0000
Career16930.47960.58120.69170.72700.44420.78120.56100.3083-0.0005

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-17 2014-08-25 Minors 8 0 Left Hand Contusion -
2012-08-10 2012-09-05 Minors 26 0 Left Hand Fracture Fifth Metacarpal HBP - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 MIL $
2017 SDN $541,800
2016 SDN $511,200
2015 ATL $507,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,560,500
3 yrTotal$1,560,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 38 dBoras Corp.1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/8/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by San Diego 3/17. Sent outright to Triple-A by San Diego 4/25/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5112M (2016). Re-signed by San Diego 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/15. Acquired by San Diego in trade from Atlanta 12/10/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/25/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract purchased by Atlanta 11/20/12. Re-signed by Atlanta 2/27/13.
  • Signed 2008 as an amateur free agent from Panama. $0.6M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 382 50 100 19 1 18 55 20 84 4 1 .280 .320 .490 103 22.0 C -5, 1B 0 1.9
80o 363 45 90 17 1 16 50 18 82 3 1 .265 .304 .462 95 16.3 C -5, 1B 0 1.2
70o 348 42 84 16 1 15 47 17 80 3 1 .257 .296 .450 89 12.4 C -5, 1B 0 0.8
60o 336 40 79 15 1 14 44 16 78 3 1 .250 .289 .437 84 9.4 C -5, 1B 0 0.5
50o 325 37 74 14 1 13 41 15 76 3 1 .242 .280 .422 80 6.7 C -5, 1B 0 0.2
40o 314 35 69 13 1 12 39 14 74 3 1 .233 .271 .405 75 4.1 C -5, 1B 0 -0.1
30o 302 33 65 12 1 12 36 13 72 2 1 .228 .265 .404 71 1.6 C -5, 1B 0 -0.4
20o 287 30 60 11 1 11 34 12 70 2 1 .221 .254 .390 65 -1.1 C -5, 1B 0 -0.6
10o 268 27 51 10 0 9 30 10 67 2 1 .201 .232 .346 57 -4.4 C -5, 1B 0 -1.0
Weighted Mean32938761511342157731.246.284.427817.5C -5, 1B 00.3

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-07-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it about time to yell "Free Christian Bethancourt?"
(PGHPadre from Pittsburgh)
If by free him you mean put him in the bullpen, then hell yes. If you mean his suddenly useful bat, I would remind you that this is a 113 PA sample. (Nicolas Stellini)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Padres trading for Christian Bethancourt, who do you ultimately like most out of Hedges, Norris, and Bethancourt? Who has the most trade value?
(padremurph from Los Angeles)
Worth noting they grabbed Josmil Pinto off waivers from Minnesota right before Thanksgiving as well, so clearly they are pursuing an all-of-the-catchers strategy this winter. I have no idea how that shakes out, honestly. Norris is just now entering arbitration, so he's going to escalate quickly. I'd guess barring a trade that the current plan is to work him a little at first this year and have the other three work out reps in the bigs/at AAA to see which two emerge as the top two going forward, then look to spin Norris at the deadline/next off-season? That's pure speculation on my part, though. Hedges' glove remains dreamy enough to give him some value as a trade chip, though if I'm the Padres I'd just as soon keep him around. And I think R.J. nailed Bethancourt's question marks this morning: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28046 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was in the ballpark for Austin Hedges' first career homer yesterday. What are the odds he ever becomes a starter?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Are we talking about starting for a few seasons, or for half a decade? If it's the former, then I would say very high. This isn't a Christian Bethancourt situation, where Hedges is 90 percent arm and nothing else. Hedges is a more complete defender, and I think we've seen how those types can latch on as starters without producing much with the bat-be it Mike Matheny, Brad Ausmus, young Yadier Molina, Jose Molina, Rene Rivera, whoever. Is a team going to build around Hedges, or make him a lifer? No; he's not going to hit enough for that-but employing Hedges as a starter until they find an upgrade? Yeah. Absolutely. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think it would cost KC if they were to acquire Gattis and what do you think Holland could return them?
(GS1 from Kentucky)
GS1, I don't see the Braves moving Gattis now that they've traded Heyward; that move seems to have cleared left field for Gattis so that Christian Bethancourt could get the lion's share of the time at catcher. The Braves seem more likely to sign a free agent starting pitcher or two, so my guess is that if the Royals wanted to acquire Gattis, they'd need to send a rotation-ready arm to Atlanta.

Some closer-needy teams might be over the moon to get Holland, especially since he's controllable beyond 2015. Blue-chip prospects could definitely be in play if Moore chose to go that route, and useful outfielders might, too. Remember, the Padres got Seth Smith from the A's for Luke Gregerson last offseason, and Holland is both far better and younger than Gregerson. (Daniel Rathman)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Christian Bethancourt taking the full time gig from Evan Gattis at anytime during this year?
(Derron from ATL)
Could depend on the rest of the Braves offense. If BJ gets it in gear and is a productive hitter, Uggla bounces back, etc. then the Braves will be able to go defense first behind the plate. If not, they'll need Gattis' pop. My guess is that injuries create plenty of at-bats for Gattis in other spots than just as the C. (Jeff Moore)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Christian Bethancourt going to hit and how much does it really matter?
(MattWinks from Madison)
I don't think he's going to hit. But he can still carve out a career at the highest level because of his arm/glove. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)is Christian Bethancourt's progress for real? And how many starts does he get in the bigs next year?
(horgejernandez from Brooklyn)
I don't believe in his bat. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Christian Bethancourt hit enough to be an everday big league catcher? I assume you believe that Hedges will?
(Paul from Rigadelphia)
He won't hit enough (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, you've been a big fan of Christian Bethancourt's potential. Is he looking more and more like a defense-only catcher in the Bigs? I know he's been young for his levels, but there doesn't seem to be much progress with the bat.
(DF from Wilmington, N.C.)
Defensive profile is very exciting, but the bat has been a disappointment. I'm not optimistic. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Christian Bethancourt is a full time player in his prime, or does he profile as more of a backup catcher?
(mj from toronto)
He has the skill-set to be a very good starter, but it takes more than just raw tools to make it. I've questioned his #want in the past, and after a dismal offensive ceiling, its hard to see anything beyond a backup, and even that isn't a given if the bat doesn't improve. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Christian Bethancourt presumably heads back to AA in '13. Is it too early to be concerned about repeating a level? What does he need to show at the plate to retain his prospect status?
(Eugene from S.F.)
The ability to recognize pitches and make consistent hard contact. I'll be honest, I'm not sure he has the tools to hit quality pitching. We shall see. Perhaps it has more to do with #want than we know about. (Jason Parks)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Expand on your unhealthy love for Christian Bethancourt. I feel the same.
(Mark A. from BPN)
I did in today's article on BP: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15670 (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Howdy, Professor! Who have you seen in the AFL that has caught your eye? Also, how's the knee healing up?
(GBSimons from Boise, ID)
I was only able to catch a few AFL workouts, but Christian Bethancourt was crushing in the cage. In drills, he was showing off his 80 arm, but it was his swing that really impressed me. He's very easy and fluid, using his hands very well. He was sending ropes to all fields, showing plus-plus power potential. If he can bring that to game action, he could become something very special. He has a chance to be the complete package. Long way to go, though. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)How encouraging is Christian Bethancourt's offensive progress?
(Hip2Hops from Seattle)
It's very encouraging. He's so young, and so good defensively, that it's not going to take a ton of offense for him to be a very valuable prospect. The approach is still a concern, but what you have seen represents significant, and very real progress. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2010 afx .000 0.0 3488 .002 -2.3 86 -.049 -.006 2.8 2.4 0.5
2011 afx .000 0.0 2450 .002 -1.6 52 .006 .004 -0.2 -2.4 -0.1
2011 afa .000 0.0 1459 .001 -0.4 33 -.072 -.001 1.5 1.7 0.9
2012 aax -.008 -6.0 2844 .000 -0.2 39 -.027 -.006 0.8 -4.2 -3.5
2013 aax -.005 -4.6 3637 .000 -0.3 85 -.019 -.001 1.0 -4.5 -2.4
2014 mlb -.016 -3.9 1185 .002 -0.6 12 -.023 -.004 0.2 -4.9 -4.2
2014 aaa .000 -0.1 3707 .000 -0.2 51 -.041 .000 1.4 -0.1 1.8
2015 aaa .002 1.1 1964 -.001 0.4 27 -.023 -.001 0.4 2.0 1.5
2015 mlb -.008 -2.8 1713 .001 -0.3 19 -.037 -.005 0.5 -2.5 -0.8
2016 mlb .001 0.2 1531 .004 -1.5 19 -.002 .000 0.0 -1.7 1.6
2018 aaa -.008 -6.9 1365 -.002 0.9 36 -.045 -.004 1.2 -5.4 -5.6

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