The San Francisco Giants saw some encouraging performances from many of their key players including Hunter Pence and Joey Bart.
Spring Training 2.0 is nearing the finish line as the Giants are quickly ramping back up to prepare for a condensed season that is just around the corner.
Just as Spring Training was beginning to ramp up, San Francisco was thrown a curveball with Buster Posey deciding to opt-out of the 2020 season. It was revealed that the Posey family recently adopted twins who were born prematurely.
Since the twins, Ada and Livvi, were born prematurely, they will have a compromised immune system for the next several months. Posey decided to protect his family from the added exposure that playing baseball would have brought on. Of course, my best wishes go out to the Posey family during this.
Posey’s decision leaves a hole behind the plate. Tyler Heineman, Rob Brantly, Chadwick Tromp, and Joey Bart are the few options currently in camp vying for a spot on the Opening Day Roster.
Brantly is the only option was substantial major league experience as he has accumulated 429 career plate appearances. With that being said, the switch-hitting Heineman seems like he has an inside shot at making the team.
Despite this, all of the eyes have turned toward Joey Bart. Bart was selected with the second overall pick of the 2018 draft, so he has the draft pedigree that garners a lot of attention.
The 23-year-old has certainly lived up to the expectations so far. He has consistently had one of the loudest bats in camp.
That said, he is not the only prospect making an impact. Infield prospect Will Wilson is opening some eyes as well.
The Giants acquired Wilson in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Giants did a huge favor for the Angels by assuming the remainder of Zack Cozart’s three-year, $38 million pact, and the infield prospect was added to the transaction as a cost of doing business.
The North Carolina State University product has strung together quality at-bats and made meaningful swing changes that have caught the attention of outfielder Mike Yazstrmeski:
As Spring Training winds down, Joey Bart, Hunter Pence, and Chadwick Tromp have been making a lasting final impression.