Joey Bart is already making his mark in the Giants farm system hitting four home runs in his first five games, including a grand slam.
Coming out of Georgia Tech, Bart had a career stat line of .321 avg, 30 HRs and 115 runs scored in three years. He was the 2018 Johnny Bench award winner, which is given to that year’s most outstanding college catcher. Bart was also a former 15th round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 but decided to attend Georgia Tech instead.
That being said, Bart going in the first round of this year’s MLB draft wasn’t too shocking. Bart was drafted by the Giants as the number two overall pick in the MLB Draft and signed a $7.03 million dollar contract which is the highest up-front bonus for a position player in MLB Draft history. His signing bonus while breaking the record, was still below the value of that position which was 7.4 million dollars.
In his five games with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, he is hitting .304 with a .333 on-base percentage. He has flashed a good bit of power as well hitting four home runs in five games including a grand slam. Bart also had a stellar debut for the Volcanoes having a multi-homer game for the club.
Current thinking has Bart as one of the top five prospects in the Giants organization and a potential middle of the lineup bat for the big club. While Buster Posey is still the clear favorite to be the Giants catcher for the next several seasons Bart has shown considerable upside in the Giants organization so far, and if he continues to flash his power this way in A ball he could be a fast riser in the Giants organization.