Potential SF Giants Starting Catcher in 2022
2. Joey Bart
The anticipation surrounding Bart’s call-up in 2020 was immense. Everyone wondered how this top prospect would fare in his first taste of big-league action. He got off to a hot start with several hard-hit doubles in his first few games, but he cooled off and struggled to put the ball in play. Furthermore, he had some troubles behind the plate defensively and calling games for pitchers.
Looking back, it was probably unfair to expect too much from Bart in 2020. It was an insane situation to be thrust into with the weirdness of last season and the fact that there were no minor league games in which he could steadily progress. While Bart will start 2021 in the minors, the hope is that he can steadily progress to the Giants’ liking and perhaps be called up sometime in 2021 if there is an injury or a spot opens up somehow. Given his strong performance in spring training, it’s beginning to look like that could very well be the case.
As long as Bart does not regress in the minors this year, then I think he may be the betting favorite to be the starting catcher for the Giants next season. He would be 25 heading into next season, a full ten years younger than Posey, and the Giants likely want to find out sooner rather than later if he will truly be their catcher of the future.