2001, 2004 - 2006
BiographyWilson Antonio Betemit was born November 2, 1981 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a 1996 graduate of Juan Bautista Safra High School in Santo Domingo, where he played baseball. The Atlanta Braves signed the right-handed, switch hitter, third-baseman as an amateur free agent in 1996. He made his major league debut on September 18, 2001. Betemit was the youngest player in the National League in 2001 at the age of 19. Wilson remained with the Braves organization till July 28, 2006, when he was traded to the Dodgers for relief pitcher Danys Baez and infielder Willy Aybar.
Braves Career Highlights2001: Named the Braves top prospect by Baseball America for the second straight year...Also named top hitting prospect in the organization by Baseball Weekly...Recalled from AA Greenville Sept. 7...Made M.L. debut as a pinch-runner Sept. 18 at Philadelphia...Went 0 x 3 as a pinch-hitter for Atlanta in 8 games...Was promoted to Greenville from Class A Myrtle Beach on July 12th...Despite playing in just 47 games with the G-Braves, he was named Greenville's "Position Player of the Year" Atlanta's by Player Development Department...Named Topps Southern League Wlayer of the Month for August...Went 3-for-5 with an RBI in his G-Braves debut on July 12th vs. Chattanooga...Began his stint in Greenville with a 10-game hit streak (July 12-22), going 14-for-41 (.341)...Hit his first AA home run on August 3rd vs. Carolina as part of a 4-for-5 game with 4 RBI...Had an 8-game hitting streak from July 30-August 9, going 18-for-36 (.500) with 2 HR and 6 RBI...Was named SL "Hitter of the Week" for the period ending August 10th...Put together club season-long 19-game streak August 16-September 1, going 30 x 69 (.435) with 9 doubles and 2 HR...Named G-Braves "Player of the Month" for August/September, batting .397-5-15...Switch hitter, batted .417 as a right-handed hitter, .315 from the left side...While with Myrtle Beach, was named the Baseball America/Carolina League Player of the Week for June 14-20: 4 games...5-for-15 (.333) with two home runs (including a grand slam), 9 RBI, .733 slugging percentage, .375 on-base percentage and one stolen base...Was the starting shortstop on the 2001 Carolina League All-Star Team...1-for-3, 2 Runs...Hit a grand slam off of Terry Plank on June 15 vs. Frederick...Hit the first inside-the-park home run in Pelicans history on June 11 vs. LYN. 2004: Was recalled from Richmond (AAA) on 9/1...Batted .278 at Richmond, with 13 HRs and 59 RBI in 105 games...Posted a .282 average in August and hit .317 with 22 RBI in 30 games in June...Had his first Major League hit on 5/8 off HOU's Roy Oswalt. Also started (at shortstop) for the first time in his career...Was recalled earlier in the season (5/8) from Richmond and hit .172 (5-for-29) in nine games for the Braves. 2004 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Appeared in Game 2 as a pinch runner. 2005: Enjoyed a fine rookie season, batting .305 in 115 games. Played 63 games at 3B, 25 at SS and one at 2B. ... Led all NL rookies in batting average and on-base percentage (.359). ... Hit .327 vs. RHP and .256 vs. LHP. ... Hit safely in 44 of the last 71 games in which he batted and was 62-for-198 (.313) in that span. ... Ranked 12th in the majors with a .346 (18-for-52) average in August. Batted .325 (27-for-83) in June. ... Had career-high four hits 8/31 vs. WSH in Game Two of DH. ... Had his career-high eight-game hitting streak (11-for-23) from 7/30 to 8/7. ... Had three hits, including a HR on 6/17 at CIN. ... Established a career high with three hits 5/18 at SD after having two hits 5/17. Played 5/17 and 5/18 at SD in place of Chipper Jones and went 5-for-8 in those two games. ... Hit first-career home run off Tom Glavine in the fifth inning on 4/27 at NYM. ... 2005 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Had a pinch-hit single in Game 1 and struck out while pinch hitting in the 12th inning of Game 4. 2006: Began the season with Atlanta, batting .281 with nine homers, 16 doubles and 29 RBI in 88 games...Was acquired on July 28 from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitcher Danys Baez, infielder Willy Aybar and cash considerations...Set career highs in games (143), hits (98), doubles (23), homers (18) and RBI (53) in 2006...Had 41 extra-base hits in 373 at-bats, an average of one every 9.1 at-bats...Did most of his damage offensively from the left side of the plate, batting .281 (84-for-299) with 15 homers and 40 RBI compared to .189-3-13 when batting right-handed.
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