Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt pitched a scoreless inning in the Panama Winter League, MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports. He threw 17 pitches and his fastball sat between 93 and 96 MPH. Bethancourt is also playing outfield and DH.
Bethancourt pitching is nothing new. He pitched in two games last season, recording five outs on a hit and three walks with one strikeout. Bethancourt logged 322 2/3 defensive innings behind the plate, but 42 2/3 innings in left field and 31 innings in right field as well.
It’s a pretty interesting development as we typically don’t see pitcher/catcher/outfield hybrids. But Bethancourt needs versatility to provide value as he has a paltry .571 OPS in 482 major league plate appearances.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.