Top prospect Joey Bart heads into spring training with all eyes on him. Is there any way he makes the Opening Day roster for the San Francisco Giants?
Bart turned a lot of heads last spring training, and the Giants are hoping that he can prove yet again that he is ready to handle major league pitching.
Bart making the Opening Day roster would certainly be a shock, especially given the unfair rules regarding player control that actually incentivize teams keeping their prospects in the minors for a few weeks to gain an extra year of control. We all remember the Kris Bryant snafu.
Bart would have to make it obvious that he is ready for the big leagues to force the hand of Kapler and Zaidi to put him on the team. With their already shaky footing among the fan base, the last thing they would want is a mutiny after Bart tears the cover off the ball in the spring.
No matter what, we are all anxious to see what Bart is made of. His stats last year in the Arizona Fall League were mighty impressive before his run was cut short by a broken wrist.
If he can show more of what he did last year, he could very well force management’s hand at some point in the 2020 season.
But what exactly would it take for Bart to make the Opening Day roster? A confluence of unlikely things would have to happen, but it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
In the following slides, let’s examine what exactly would need to happen for Joey Bart to make the San Francisco Giants Opening Day roster out of spring training.