9/2/1991 (25 y, 6 m, 22 d) Bats/Throws:
CContract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Reported: 2/7/2015 Risk: 3 ETA: 2015 Team Rank: NA Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
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Bethancourt will make his first catching appearance in the Padres' Cactus League game Sunday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. (3/12/2017)
|Profile: Bethancourt's defense put him on the prospect radar and ultimately, despite microscopic walk rates and a disappointing power tool, to the majors, too. From there, it only got worse. Combining an atrocious chase rate with a laughable whiff rate, Bethancourt struck out in nearly 28% of his plate appearances in 2016 and walked in just 3%. Furthermore, his previously revered defensive skills have eroded and given way to a passed-ball problem. While playing most of the season behind the dish, he also found himself in the outfield, second base, and even twice on the mound. Now, it's one thing for a position player to pitch in a blowout. It's quite another for a position player to pitch in the Panamanian Winter League. And that's exactly what he's done. Bethancourt is apparently trying to reinvent himself as a SUPER utility player, one that can play behind the dish, in the outfield, and in relief if needed. Needless to say, there's no reason to own him in fantasy. (Rylan Edwards)|
The Quick Opinion: Even if Bethancourt manages to make a successful transition, the Friars' pen is a bit stacked. But given his aversion to the strike zone as a hitter, I'm not optimistic that he'll suddenly find it 60 feet and 6 inches away.