Bethancourt has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the NC Dinos to play in South Korea in 2019, the Yonhap News Agency reports.
Bethancourt spent all of last season at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he hit .297 with 20 home runs and a .834 OPS. At age 27, it's possible he could return to MLB if he's successful overseas.
Bethancourt (arm) recorded one at-bat during Monday's game against the Dodgers.
Bethancourt left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch, but returned Monday to go 0-for-1 at the plate. Although it's likely he'll begin the season in the minor leagues, it's still good to see the 26-year-old catcher back out on the field. Manny Pina and Jett Bandy look to be the two backstops that will make Milwaukee's Opening Day roster with Stephen Vogt likely on the DL.
Bethancourt exited Saturday's Cactus League game against the Reds after being hit by a pitch on the left arm, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Bethancourt received a non-roster invite to Brewers spring training and has a .350 batting average and .950 OPS in 20 at-bats this spring. The 26-year-old is still unlikely to make the Brewers' Opening Day roster with Manny Pina, Stephen Vogt (shoulder) and Jett Bandy on the 40-man roster, but his injury status should be updated as he is further evaluated.
Bethancourt signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training.
Bethancourt has spent parts of each of the previous two seasons as a two-way player for the Padres, though he hasn't found much success in either role. The 26-year-old hit just .225/.261/.360 across 211 plate appearances with San Diego over the past two seasons while allowing nine runs (six earned) on six hits and eight walks across 5.1 innings over that same span. It's unclear if the Brewers will continue to use Bethancourt as a two-way player at this point, but at the very least, look for him to offer organizational catching depth in 2018.
Bethancourt could be among the minor leaguers called up to the Padres when rosters expand in September, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This is despite the fact that Bethancourt has been terrible in the minors. He owns an 8.12 ERA over 37.2 innings for Triple-A El Paso and has walked 28 batters against just 20 strikeouts. That said, the Padres need to make a decision about Bethancourt's long-term future with the club soon, so what better time than the present to see what he's got?
Bethancourt will focus on pitching while at Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres outrighted Bethancourt off the 40-man roster Tuesday after his struggles as both a reliever and as a hitter while with the big-league club. According to Lin, Bethancourt will leave open the possibility of going back behind the plate down the line, but wants to train primarily as a pitcher for the time being. Bethancourt has strong velocity on his fastball, sitting at 94.1 miles per hour, but he'll need time to hone in on his command. He walked a whopping eight batters in just 3.2 innings while with the Padres, but it's clear that the organization is confident enough in his upside to where they believe he can develop as a pitcher down the line.
Bethancourt cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A on Tuesday.
It wasn't the ideal start for Bethancourt, who allowed nine runs (six earned) through 3.2 relief innings while going 1-for-7 as a hitter. He went unclaimed through waivers and will report to Triple-A El Paso, where he'll look to get back on the mound and at the plate.
Bethancourt suffered cuts to his knee but no structural damage Monday against the Dodgers, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports.
Bethancourt was covering home after uncorking a wild pitch on the first delivery of his outing when Andrew Toles spiked him during the play at the plate. The 25-year-old made the Opening Day roster as a reliever after mostly catching throughout his career, and in addition to being banged up Monday, his outing did not go too well either. He allowed a three-run home run to Corey Seager and walked two in 1.1 innings. Regardless, the injury seems to be nothing serious.
Bethancourt has made the Padres' Opening Day roster as a reliever, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Bethancourt has been experimenting as a pitcher-catcher hybrid this spring, a move that's worked surprisingly well. The 25-year-old has allowed just two earned runs over 8.1 innings while also garnering three strikeouts. With Austin Hedges and Hector Sanchez ahead of him on the catching depth chart, it appears the team is going ahead with a full switch to becoming a pitcher. Expect Bethancourt to be used in low-leverage situations as he adjusts to his new role.
Bethancourt will make his first catching appearance in the Padres' Cactus League game Sunday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The 25-year-old is being tested for a role as a dual catcher-pitcher this season, and he'll get his first action of the spring in his more familiar role after appearing exclusively as a hurler for the beginning of the spring. Bethancourt has found a surprising amount of success on the mound so far, allowing as many hits as he's garnered himself (none), so if he continues to find success there while playing good enough defense behind the plate, his combined role could be his calling card for a 25-man roster spot.
Bethancourt has yet to allow a hit through three spring training innings as a pitcher.
Bethancourt -- primarily a catcher -- has been experimenting with pitching this spring after seeing action on the mound in two games last season. He threw another scoreless inning in Friday's win over the Angels, notching his first strikeout in the process. Bethancourt features a mid-to-high 90s fastball, but is far from a finished product. If he continues to have success in Cactus League action, then he should punch his ticket for the 25-man roster due to his unique blend of being able to fill three backup spots on the depth chart (catcher, outfielder and pitcher).
Bethancourt will make his first Cactus League pitching appearance Wednesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
After lots of work in the offseason to develop him as a pitcher, the right-handed fireballer will finally get to strut his stuff against major league competition. He's also scheduled to DH later in the week, showing that the Padres want to keep all options open for the future, but if his spring debut goes well, Bethancourt could work his way into more consistent bullpen work throughout the season.
Bethancourt is targeting early March for his Cactus League pitching debut, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres have been working with the catcher on his pitching mechanics, and recently clocked his fastball at 97 mph during a Panama Winter League game. Although the Padres have been unclear about his role going forward, his powerful arm could see him in the bullpen more often than expected. Last year with the Padres, the 25-year-old pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in two games and slashed .228/.265/.368 in 204 plate appearances.
Bethancourt will pitch in the Panama Winter League soon, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres have been working with the catcher on his pitching mechanics, and he recently had his fastball clocked at 97 miles per hour. Bethancourt is even developing a changeup, although the Padres are still insisting that he is not fully converting to the mound. His role for the 2017 season should become clearer once he logs some innings in Panama, although his high-octane arm could push him to the bullpen more frequently if all goes well over the winter.
Bethancourt (intercostals) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports.
Manager Andy Green is reportedly "intrigued" by Bethancourt's ability on the pitching mound, having seen him throw 96 mph without any work on his mechanics. A catcher by trade, Bethancourt's arm strength is unquestionably his strongest asset. He has hit just .223/.253/.318 in 153 games at the major league level, but it doesn't sound like the Padres are planning to have him focus exclusively on pitching -- they may instead try to develop him into a catcher/outfielder/pitcher hybrid player.
Bethancourt (intercostal) is likely to miss the remainder of the season, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Bethancourt has been on the disabled list with an intercostal strain since August 31, a core injury that is notorious for long rehab times. Considering the Padres are well outside the playoff picture, they'll play it safe and let Bethancourt heal over the offseason. If he is indeed done, he'll finish with a .228/.265/.368 batting line -- certainly poor, but he'll finish with an OPS above .600 for the first time in three seasons.
Bethancourt (ribs) was placed on the disabled list Wednesday.
Bethancourt had to leave Tuesday's game in the fourth inning with a left intercostal strain. With a .228 batting average and 28 percent strikeout rate, Bethancourt hadn't performed well for much of the season, and recent outings were no exception. Over the last 14 games, he went just 7-for-40 (.175) with 13 strikeouts. In a corresponding move, Hector Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
Bethancourt left Tuesday's game with a left intercostal strain.
The Padres may be forced to bring Austin Hedges up a bit early if Bethancourt is deemed unavailable for Wednesday's game, as Derek Norris is now the only healthy backstop currently on the 25-man roster. Bethancourt went 0-for-2 prior to exiting and is batting just .188 (13-for-69) with one homer for the month of August.
Bethancourt is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
After making back-to-back starts behind the plate, Bethancourt will give way to Derek Norris for the Sunday afternoon contest. Although Norris has significantly more starts than Bethancourt on the season, the playing time appears to be evening out of late. Bethancourt has started three of the last four games over a healthy Norris.
Bethancourt came into action in left field after Alex Dickerson left Friday's loss in the first inning. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
The Padres suddenly found themselves short-handed in the outfield. Melvin Upton Jr. was traded earlier in the week, and their position player pool was further shortened by Yangervis Solarte's medical leave.
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