Monday, April 19, 2010

Prospect of the Week: Christian Bethancourt

2010 Topps Debut Gold #7, card #02/50 I love the Topps Gold Cards, and what's better than having the prospects numbered to 50? I picked this up for 5.5 greenies- should be a solid investment!

Now that Jason Heyward has made his way to Atlanta, there's no other position prospect in the farm system that I want to see more than catcher Christian Bethancourt.

Bethancourt, whom the Braves signed as a free agent out of Panama in 2008, ended the 2009 season ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Gulf Coast League- and this as a 17 year old. His main calling card is his defensive game, and in particular, his arm. On the scouting scale, his arm rates anywhere from the low 70's to 80 (80 being the highest)and he's projected to be a plus defender. Offensively, Christian is a very aggressive hitter who is still very raw, yet has above-average power potential and a pretty good eye for such a young hitter. Could develop into a very good hitter down the road. Braves fans would like nothing more than for Bethancourt to have a career much like Pudge Rodriquez. Atlanta could be facing a great conundrum by the year 2013- what to do with Brian McCann?

Christian Bethancourt-2010 Rome Braves
9g 34ab 4r 11h 1-2B 1-HR 6RBI 15TB 0BB 3K .314OBP .441SLG .324AVG .755OPS 1E

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