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The progress that Christian Bethancourt had shown in April didn't last long, as he has struggled at the plate in May and June. He has shown a bit more power than what we saw from him last year, but his plate discipline has actually regressed, despite the fact he is playing at the same level he was last year.
In 71 games in Double-A last year, Bethancourt hit .243 with two homers and 26 RBI while walking just 11 times in 268 at-bats. This year, he is hitting .248 with a homer and 12 RBI, but he has just two walks in 133 at-bats.
Bethancourt is young, as he is still just 21 years old. He has potential to develop into an impact hitter in time, because there are tools somewhere inside of him. The thing is that he just doesn't seem to be making real progress at the plate, and every year that passes just lessens the chances that he reaches his offensive potential.
Even if Bethancourt can't unlock his offensive potential, he is a valuable prospect because of his defense. He is one of the top defensive catchers in the minors and has a real cannon for an arm, so he has more than enough defensive ability to make it as a backup catcher in the big leagues today. Still, the Braves will try to give him as much time as he needs to figure things out at the plate.