From injuries to key players to the fact that some people are worried that the team has only won eight of their 20 total games, it’s been a shaky spring for the Atlanta Braves to say the least. What the team has gotten the most out of the spring games to this point is that they are excited about the players who have a future with the team.
Braves fans have found out so far that Tommy La Stella is ready to be a bonafide major league second baseman. Yet, a player the team is most excited for, Christian Bethancourt, has struggled.
With Bethancourt, his bat has always been a question mark. He attempted to rid those questions last season with a double-A season that was his best overall. He hit .277, 10 points about his career average, and almost doubled his career home run total with 12, bringing his total from 14 to 26.
The 2014 spring hasn’t been too good to Bethancourt though. He’s just tallied three hits in 17 official at-bats. However, it seems that whatever he has been working on is working, seeing as he has only struck out three times. That means he’s putting the ball in play more often and is most likely seeing the ball better than in the past.
As a defender, forget about it. He has consistently thrown out close to 40 percent of runners in the minor leagues and has an arm that is compared to that of Yadier Molina.
Keep in mind that he is just 22 years old and has spent six seasons in the minor leagues. The Braves are bringing him up the right way, grooming him to the next big thing for them as he progresses. If they can be careful with him and get his bat just a tad better, look for him to be an All-Star catcher once he reaches the major leagues.