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Do any Giants prospects deserve an early extension?

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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Joey Bart

Joey Bart is probably the most well-known Giants prospect in the pipeline, as well as the most productive.

After three years at Georgia Tech, he was chosen No. 2 overall in the 2018 draft, and he made an immediate splash by hitting .294 with 15 doubles and 13 home runs in just 51 games after signing.

He continued moving up the organizational ladder in 2019, reaching Double-A while hitting .278 with 14 doubles and 16 home runs in 338 plate appearances. He followed his strong regular season with a trip to the Arizona Fall League, where he added four more home runs and 10 RBI on a .333 batting average en route to being selected as an All-Star.

The team’s catcher of the future can clearly hit, and he already has fans chomping at the bit for his MLB debut, despite the fact that he has yet to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

However, there is a reason to pause on moving him up, let alone handing him an MLB deal.

Bart has played in just 130 minor league games to this point in his career, only 22 of which have come above A-ball. By comparison, White has played in 230 games, including 96 in the upper levels of the minors.

The scouting reports are still being written and adjusted on Bart, so it remains to be seen how teams attack the catcher as they learn more about his approach at the plate, as well as how Bart can handle that change.

The closer Bart comes to being promoted, the faster the Giants also need to figure out what to do with Buster Posey. It’s safe to assume the team and fan base are not ready to see the departure of Posey, so the easiest solution is moving him to first base permanently. However, that means moving Brandon Belt either to the outfield or finding a trade partner. There are dominoes that will inevitably fall when Bart gets the call.

There are plenty of reasons fans and the club alike should be excited for the arrival of Bart, but both he and the team may not be ready to discuss the contract until he has proven he can hit MLB pitching.

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