The San Francisco Giants have called up their top prospect in catcher Joey Bart.
After much speculation as to when the Giants would promote Joey Bart, that question has finally been answered:
The Giants have called up the 23 year old who was drafted in the first round (second overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft and has been impressive in his minor league career. He ranked as the team’s 2nd best prospect in Around the Foghorn’s midseason top 31 prospect rankings.
With Buster Posey opting out of the 2020 season, there was instant speculation among fans as to whether Bart would make the Opening Day roster. But Gabe Kapler and the Giants organization insisted that it was too early to call him up.
In a much more likely scenario, the team wanted to wait to call him up due to the same rule the Chicago Cubs used to their advantage with Kris Bryant in order to have team control over Bart for another year.
No matter the reason, all that matters now is that Bart will be on a big league roster. With many proclaiming that he is the heir apparent behind the plate to Buster Posey, the shortened 2020 season without Posey is a perfect time to see what all of the hype is about.
Plus, with neither Chadwick Tromp nor Tyler Heineman blowing the team away with their performance either behind the plate or with the bat, Bart will be called upon to add some power to the Giants lineup and perhaps add some stability behind the plate. We know the power is there:
The expectations will be high, but the time is right to see Bart in the big leagues.
He has been incredibly good in his two Spring Training showings which have only added fire to the flames in terms of speculation about his possible big league production.
So buckle up Giants fans, the Joey Bart era has begun!
Editor Update: To make room for Bart, the Giants optioned Tyler Heineman: