Christian Bethancourt was originally a bright catching prospect who later tried to play two positions.
Luis Ortiz who was a scout helped the Atlanta Braves sign Bethancourt on a $600,000 contract at the age of 16.
His first season was with the DSL Braves, where he hit .267/.328/.371. He arrived in the United States in 2009 and batted .260/.339/.480 in 14 games for the Danville Braves and .284/.344/.431 in 32 games for the GCL Braves.
Baseball America ranked him as the Gulf Coast League’s top prospect, the GCL Braves’ MVP, and the No. 12 Braves prospect in 2010.
He batted an unimpressive .251/.276/.331 for the Rome Braves in his debut full-season summer while throwing out 39% of base stealers.
Between Cesar Puello and Robbie Ross, Baseball America ranked him as the #14 prospect in the South Atlantic League.
Christian played in 54 games for Lynchburg Hillcats in 2011 and 54 games for Rome (.303/.323/.430).
In 99 games, he only drew 11 walks, similar to the legendary Panamanian catcher Manny Sanguillen.
Christian Bethancourt Contract
The Oakland Athletics and Christian Bethancourt agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal, including a $700,000 guaranteed bonus.
Christian Bethancourt Salary
Christian Bethancourt has an annual salary of $700,000 on average. Bethancourt will receive a basic salary of $700,000 in 2022.
Christian Bethancourt Net Worth
Christian Bethancourt has an estimated net worth of $1 million to $5 million