In the latest round of SF Giants roster moves, the organization recalled catcher Joey Bart from Triple-A and optioned right-handed pitcher Logan Webb. Bart is slated to start and bat seventh for the Giants on Saturday against the Washington Nationals. Bart will be filling in for Buster Posey, who was placed on the injured list on Friday. Webb was activated from the injured list and threw three shutout innings on Friday and, according to manager Gabe Kapler, will have an opportunity to stretch out over the All-Star break to potentially rejoin the rotation.
The SF Giants recalled C Joey Bart and optioned RHP Logan Webb.
Bart entered the season ranked the third-best prospect in the organization and a consensus top-100 prospect in MLB. Of course, Bart was the second overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft and made his big-league debut with the Giants last season and struggled mightily, striking out 41 against just 3 walks in 111 plate appearances. Still 24, Bart has demolished Triple-A pitching this season, hitting .338/.400/.581 with eight home runs in 150 plate appearances. He has continued to struggle with punchouts and walks (42-10 K-BB ratio) but remains a viable long-term option behind the plate for an MLB team.
Webb has been a mainstay in the Giants rotation over the past three seasons. However, after struggling to work deep into games through 2019 and 2020, he seemed to take another step forward this season. In his age-24 season, Webb has completed 52 innings, struck out 58, walked 17, and recorded a 3.63 ERA across 11 appearances (10 starts). Given his effectiveness, it’s hard to imagine him not returning to the rotation on a more permanent basis once the organization is comfortable with him throwing 90-100 pitches.
The SF Giants may be missing one of their stars in Buster Posey, but fans will get another look at top-catching prospect Joey Bart. At the same time, young pitcher Logan Webb will head to Sacramento to continue rebuilding his stamina over the All-Star break.