Joey Bart
23-Year-Old CatcherC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Bart, who is a plus defensive catcher, is a better real-life prospect than a fantasy one, but his 60-grade game power certainly makes him appealing for fantasy purposes as well. He performed better the higher he climbed, slashing .314/.411/.581 with a 12.1 BB% and 21.8 K% in 31 games at Double-A and the Arizona Fall League after logging a 116 wRC+ as a 22-year-old in the Cal League. Bart's line drive rate has been below average and his 30.0 Hard% was not great, given his age/level, but he uses the whole field and has not struck out so much that he would project to hit for a harmful batting average in the majors. Hand and thumb injuries limited him to 89 games, but the No. 2 overall pick from 2018 accomplished enough in his first full season that he should open the year at Triple-A. Buster Posey and Brandon Belt are under contract through 2021, but Bart should still debut sometime this summer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $7.03 million contract with the Giants in June of 2018.
Likely to reappear in camp
CSan Francisco Giants
June 22, 2020
Bart will be in major-league camp once play resumes but likely isn't a candidate for the Opening Day roster, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Bart was reassigned to minor-league camp in March before the season was suspended, but he'll now get a chance to gain more experience against higher-level talent before the regular season gets underway. The catcher appeared in just 22 games at the Double-A level in 2019, but he hit .280/.329/.503 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI over 80 total games in the minors last year. It's unclear what level the 23-year-old will be assigned to once the season begins.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Track down any trustworthy pre-draft scouting report on Bart, who went second overall last year to the Giants ($7.025 million bonus), and phrases like "fringe-average hit tool" or "power-over-hit" will pop up. The power was on full display in pro ball (13 HR in 228 PA), but he also hit .294 with a 20.6 K%. So, either every trusted evaluator was wrong about his ability to hit for a high average, or a high-pedigree 21-year-old hitter feasted on low-level pitchers in a small sample. It is likely the latter, as he barely walked (5.7 BB%) and over 50% of his hits went to the pull side. Even so, a high-end defensive catcher with 30-homer pop whose playing time will never be at risk only needs to hit .235 to be a perennial top-five fantasy catcher. Case in point: Salvador Perez hit .235 with 27 home runs last year and finished tied for third in earned auction dollars at the position. That seems like a median outcome for Bart, and there is a chance he blows past that.
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Heads to minor-league camp
CSan Francisco Giants
March 10, 2020
Bart was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Avoids thumb surgery
CSan Francisco Giants
Thumb
October 9, 2019
Bart will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb but won't require surgery.
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Suffers fractured thumb
CSan Francisco Giants
Thumb
October 9, 2019
Bart suffered a fractured right thumb Tuesday while playing in the Arizona Fall League, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Promoted to Double-A
CSan Francisco Giants
August 8, 2019
Bart was promoted to Double-A Richmond on Thursday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Homers in return to action
CSan Francisco Giants
June 5, 2019
Bart (hand) went 2-for-3 with a home run, walk, three RBI and three runs in his return from the 7-day injured list Tuesday in High-A San Jose's 9-4 win over Modesto.
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