{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["prospect" ] }

Bethancourt Braves' Futures Game rep

Bethancourt Braves' Futures Game rep

|
Bethancourt Braves' Futures Game rep
NEW YORK -- While experiencing his first Major League Spring Training this year, Christian Bethancourt showed why many regard him as such as promising prospect. Now, the athletic catcher will have a chance to be spotlighted in the game's premier event for top prospects.

Bethancourt has been selected to play for the World Team in this year's Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game. The 20-year-old catcher will be the only Braves representative at the game, which will be played during All-Star Weekend at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Gifted with a strong arm and impressive athleticism, Bethancourt has batted .255 with a .283 on-base percentage and a .276 slugging percentage through 41 games for Double-A Mississippi this year. The slow start at the plate is not too surprising. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bethancourt has always been regarded as a good defensive catcher who has occasionally shown the ability to hit.

Bethancourt had six hits, including a double and a home run, in 15 at-bats during the exhibition season. But the 20-year-old catcher made his greatest impression with his quick feet and strong arm. The Braves timed at least two of his throws to second base at a very impressive 1.84 seconds during Grapefruit League action.

The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball -- along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs -- selected the 25-man rosters.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["prospect" ] }
{"content":["prospect" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español