Joey Bart has been named the number one prospect in the Giants organization by Baseball America and has cracked the top 50 prospects in Major League Baseball. Read on about our latest Jacket in the Pros.
Joey Bart has been on an absolute tear the last several weeks with both his offensive production and his defensive skills. His current batting average stands at .313 with a 1.062 OPS with seven home runs five doubles, and eighteen RBI’s in just fifteen games with the Short-Season Salem-Keiser Volcanoes.
It is very early to try and predict what Bart will do in the rest of his minor league career, but his current production has him on the fast track to being a superstar for the Giants in the near future. Behind the plate, Bart has thrown out 4 of 11 base stealers and has committed two errors.
Catchers are generally regarded to take more time to develop than other position players because of both the physical and mental toll they take every game. Many college catchers do not call pitches and instead rely on a coach to make the calls from the bench. Danny Hall trusted Bart enough to allow him to call his own games for Georgia Tech which gives him a pretty strong edge over other players.
Bart is going to be a great fit to replace Buster Posey when the future Hall of Famer finally hangs up his cleats at the end of his career. The good news is that the Giants have Posey under control until 2021 when he will be 34 years old. Bart will have the next several years to develop himself as an all-around talent for the Giants organization and will be a critical power piece that can take over the mantle from an all-time talent when his time comes.