Catcher Christian Bethancourt returned to Triple-A Gwinnett's lineup Monday after spending a week on the disabled list due to a bruised left hand he suffered when he was hit by a foul tip. Tuesday, the Braves' No. 3 prospect collected three hits and homered to lead Gwinnett to a 7-1 victory against Durham.
Bethancourt, ranked No. 80 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. His home run was his eighth of the season and third in the last three weeks.
Center fielder Todd Cunningham, the Braves' No. 18 prospect, went 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a stolen base.
In 86 games with Gwinnett this season, Bethancourt is hitting .273/.296/.404. He also spent a few weeks in the Major Leagues, serving as the Braves catcher while Evan Gattis was on the disabled list in July. He hit .240/.283/.260 in 13 games.
Bethancourt is expected to return to Atlanta when the Minor League season ends and Major League rosters expand next week.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less