Gwinnett Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt has been selected to represent the Atlanta Braves organization as a member of the World team on Sunday, July 13 in the 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, to be held at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN.
Bethancourt becomes the fifth active Gwinnett Braves player to be selected for the annual showcase game that is included as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. First baseman Barbaro Canizares (World Team, 2009), left-hander Mike Minor (U.S. Team, 2010), right-hander Julio Teheran (World Team, 2011, 2012) and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich (U.S. Team, 2013) have all been selected to the Futures Game in previous seasons. Last season, Terdoslavich did not participate in the game due to his promotion to Atlanta.
The 22-year old Bethancourt has been one of the best hitters in the Gwinnett Braves lineup this season. At the time of his selection the Panama City, Panama native was batting .265 (58-for-219) with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 30 RBIs. This will be the third straight Futures Game appearance for Bethancourt, who joins Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor as players to make three straight appearances for the World team.
Since being named to the Futures Game, Bethancourt has been called to Atlanta as a result of a bulging disc that has placed Evan Gattis on the disabled list (DL) so, like Terdoslavich last season, he may be unavailable for the contest.
The 16th annual All-Star Futures Game will take place at 5 PM ET on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network.