San Francisco Giants: Midseason Top 30 Prospects (Nos. 10-1)

By Marc Delucchi
Joey Bart spent an extended portion of 2019 in the California League where Jen Ramos got to see the SF Giants prospect up close. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Joey Bart spent an extended portion of 2019 in the California League where Jen Ramos got to see the SF Giants prospect up close. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /
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3. C Joey Bart

Age: 22
Current Level: High-A
Acquired: Draft (2018, 1st Round)
Future-Value Grade: 50

Bart entered his junior season at Georgia Tech as a projected Day 1 pick, expected to be taken somewhere in the second round. He was an above-average defensive catcher with plus power, but there were enough questions about his hit tool to take him out of the first-round conversation.

That spring, he doubled his walk rate, lowered his strikeouts, and continued to punish the ball while improving his defensive acumen. That quickly vaulted into the top-10 pick conversation and he eventually became the San Francisco Giants clear target with the No. 2 overall pick.

There are a lot of comparisons to be drawn between Bart and Mike Zunino who went No. 3 overall in the 2012 draft after a stellar college career at Florida. Both players offered significant power potential and defensive prowess with some questions about contact ability.

So far as a professional, Bart has contained the strikeouts, but the concerns remain. On paper, some may think he’s struggled at High-A, batting only .242. However, his .269 BABIP is likely a product of some bad luck and he is still punishing the ball with an ISO over .200.

The San Francisco Giants have suggested they’d like to move Bart and Ramos together to Double-A at some point this season and Bart remains on track for that, even if his numbers don’t quite jump off the page. He’s still on track to be Buster Posey’s successor and to lock down the catcher spot for years to come.

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