Arrival of Joey Bart
Who knows if Joey Bart will be the franchise’s savior, but what he has done in the minor leagues is more than enough to provide optimism that he can be a future star for the team.
Sadly, injuries have kept him off the field more than one would like to see, but on the field, his bat has been nothing short of impressive. In the Arizona Fall League, he hit .333/.524/.767 with four home runs and 10 RBI before a broken wrist sidelined him after 10 games.
Those numbers are obviously a small sample size, but with the absence of hope anywhere else, many of our dreams of future success for the team will be projected onto Bart, unfairly or not.
It goes without saying that in all likelihood he will begin the season in the minor leagues where he will be able to play every day and further develop his skills both at the plate and behind it.
But another impressive spring training like the one he enjoyed last season and the Bart Countdown could be in full effect before the All-Star break.
The idea of seeing Bart in the big leagues is probably the most exciting part of 2020, and while it would be wise not to rush him, more than a few fans will be anxiously awaiting his debut.