San Francisco Giants: Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos make 2019 Futures Game
By Hunter Ruetz
In a year where the San Francisco Giants haven’t provided much excitement, prospects in their farm system are generating plenty of buzz for the future.
As expected, the San Francisco Giants were shutout as far as starters in the MLB All-Star Game are concerned. They will likely have just one representative among the reserves, with closer Will Smith looking like the overwhelming favorite to get the nod.
However, they will have multiple representatives in the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
The Futures Game is an annual minor league showcase that is played during All-Star weekend each year, featuring some of the top prospects in baseball from all levels of the minor leagues.
While the Giants do not have a particularly deep farm system, catcher Joey Bart and outfielder Heliot Ramos are two of the top prospects in all of baseball.
Bart checked in at No. 19 in the latest Top 100 prospect update from MLB.com’s Prospect Watch, while Ramos made a significant climb up to the No. 56 spot in the rankings.
Both are currently playing for the High-A San Jose Giants.
Bart, 22, is hitting .257/.314/.468 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 118 plate appearances after missing some time early with a fractured hand. While he’s still working to get into the swing of things since returning, he’s widely regarded as one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball.
Ramos, 19, is having a great year offensively, hitting .290/.383/.525 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 199 plate appearances. A call-up to Double-A could be forthcoming if he continues to impress, and an improved approach at the plate has been the catalyst for his breakout performance.
It is truly an honor for these two prospects to be participating in the All-Star festivities, and a feather in the cap of the Giants front office for taking these two players with consecutive first-round picks in 2017 and 2018. If all goes according to plan, we may see both of these exciting young players on the MLB roster sooner rather than later.
The 2019 Futures Game will be played on July 7 at 7 p.m. ET from Progressive Field and can be seen on MLB Network.