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Padres Catcher Christian Bethancourt Takes the Mound, Fires 96 MPH Fastballs and 57 MPH Knuckleballs (Video)
It’s always fun to see position players take the mound during a Major League baseball game. But fans in Seattle got a real treat on Tuesday afternoon when Padres manager Andy Green elected to throw catcher Christian Bethancourt out on the mound in the eighth inning of a 16-4 blowout.
Managers never really know what they’re going to get when they put a position player on the mound. They just pick a guy with a good arm and hope for the best. What Green got from Bethancourt was a guy with electric stuff, relatively speaking.
Bethancourt’s fastball topped out at an amazing 96 mph and averaged 92.3 mph, which is the fastest average for a position player-pitcher since they started keeping track of such things in 2008. But that wasn’t all Bethancourt had to offer. The dude also threw a handful of upper-80s changeups and a ridiculous 57 mph knuckleball.
While Bethancourt hit a batter and walked two others in his 0.2 innings of work, he gave up zero hits and zero runs thanks to shortstop Alexi Amarista, who took over pitching duties and induced a bases loaded ground ball.
Take a look:
Amazingly, when Bethancourt took over at second base after leaving the mound, he became just the fifth player since 1913 to play catcher, left field, pitcher, and second base in a single game.
You gotta love baseball.
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