Bethancourt has spent the season with Double-A Mississippi, batting .277/.305/.436 in 388 plate appearances. He entered 2013 with a career line of .265/.297/.356, making strides this year with his ability to drive the ball.
The catcher is considered one of the top defenders in the minors. Johh Sickels of Minor League Ball recently penned a scouting report on the prospect, writing:
Premium defensive tools and a good dose of general athleticism were the main attractions. He looks like an ideal catcher: 6-2, 195, strong arm, a lot of quickness and mobility behind the plate. Some scouts talked about him having Gold Glove defensive potential.
Current starting catcher Brian McCann will be a free agent this year. McCann has had another productive season at the plate, hitting .265/.340/.479 with 19 home runs. Gerald Laird and Evan Gattis are both under team control next season, giving the Braves enviable depth at catcher.