BETANCOURT, JAVIER

Position: Shortstop, Second Base

DOB: May 8, 1995

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 180

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Tigers (November 18, 2015)

Profile: Acquired from Detroit as part of a trade that saw veteran closer Francsico Rodriguez head to the Tigers, Betancourt was originally signed out of Venezuela by Detroit in 2011 for a reported $200,000. He debut with the Tigers affiliate in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2012 before coming stateside in 2013 and playing for Detroit’s Gulf Coast League team. He moved up to Low-A West Michigan a year later, then spent the 2015 season at High-A Lakeland. After being dealt to Milwaukee, Betancourt made the jump to Double-A, spending all of 2016 with Biloxi. Having seen time at second base, shortstop and third base during his career, Betancourt’s speed, range and arm are all average and his likely long-term home is at second base. A line drive hitter who barrels up the ball and makes solid contact, Betancourt struggled against more advanced pitching in Double-A in 2016, but is still young enough to adjust and continue to develop.

2012: After signing his contract with Detroit a year earlier, Betancourt made his pro debut in the now defunct Venezuelan Summer League. He appeared in 32 games there, batting .333 with three home runs and scoring 24 runs.

2013: The Tigers brought Betancourt stateside in 2013, assigning him to their rookie league affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. In 50 games with the GCL Tigers, he again posted a batting average of .333, collecting nine doubles, two triples and two home runs.

2014: Betancourt made the jump Low-A in 2014, getting is first crack at full-season ball with the Tigers Midwest League affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps. He saw action in a career high 134 games there and went on to hit .269 with 18 doubles, three triples and six home runs.

2015: Detroit opted to move Betancourt up again in 2015, sending him to their High-A squad in Lakeland, Florida. Playing in 122 Florida State League contests, Betancourt wound up hitting .263 with 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs.

2016: Traded to Milwaukee in December of 2015, Betancourt joined the Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers, to open up the 2016 season. He went on to play in 110 games for the Shuckers but hit just .224. He put up 12 doubles, three triples and five home runs while driving in 43.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#42)
2016 (#25)