After disappointing at the plate in 2012, Christian Bethancourt needed to make offensive strides in 2013. For much of the season, it didn't seem like that was going to happen, and Evan Gattis took the reins as Atlanta's starting catcher should Brian McCann walk this winter.
Bethancourt must have not liked that very much. Since July 6th, the 21-year-old backstop has posted a slash line of .351/.369/.614 with seven home runs, nine doubles, a 6-8 BB/K ratio, and four steals to boot, according to Baseball-Reference.
In other words, Bethancourt has been hitting everything in sight. No, he's not taken many walks, but he's not struck out any either. And as long as he's swinging at strikes and hitting them hard, that's all that matters.
Come spring training 2014, Bethancourt could find himself competing for a starting job in Atlanta. And with his defensive chops, he might just win one.