Given the likelihood that Brian McCann will go elsewhere as a free agent this offseason, Bethancourt and Evan Gattis are the most likely candidates to begin the 2014 season as Atlanta's starting catcher.
While the strong-armed and athletic Bethancourt has always been lauded for his defensive skills, his offensive potential has been questioned. But he showed more patience during the second half of the season and ended up hitting .271 with 12 homers and a .741 OPS in 90 games with Mississippi.
He is the No. 3 prospect in the Braves' system, as ranked by MLB.com.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.