ATLANTA -- Christian Bethancourt has created reason to wonder whether he could begin serving as Atlanta's starting catcher as early as next year. But for this season's final month, the talented young catcher will simply do whatever necessary to help the Braves in their pennant chase.
Bethancourt will headline the list of players who will be promoted to the Majors once the Braves are able to expand their roster on Monday. The other most likely candidates for a September promotion are outfielders Jose Constanza, Joey Terdoslavich and Todd Cunningham; and pitchers Chasen Shreve, Gus Schlosser and Juan Jaime.
Because Triple-A Gwinnett's season does not conclude until Monday, the Braves could bring a couple of players up on Monday and the others on Tuesday.
Bethancourt entered Friday having posted a .383 average with three homers and a 1.026 OPS in his past 12 games for Gwinnett. Though he is primarily known for the defensive skills he showed while serving as Atlanta's primary catcher during the early portion of July, the 22-year-old prospect has made strides offensively both of the past two years.
With the Braves expected to at least shop Evan Gattis to an American League team this winter, Bethancourt could use the playing time he gets over the next few weeks to better acquaint himself for a role that could soon be his.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less