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Giants top prospect Joey Bart to play in Arizona Fall League this year

Giants top prospect Joey Bart to play in Arizona Fall League this year

For minor league baseball players, the season comes to an end in early September. But for a handful of the best prospects in the game, it continues just a few weeks later. 

The Arizona Fall League begins September 18 this year, and the Giants' top prospect is scheduled to be there. The league announced Tuesday that Joey Bart will suit up for the Scottsdale Scorpions. 

Talks of Bart playing in the AFL this year became more evident after the catcher missed time with a fractured hand. The Giants would like him to get more at-bats, and he'll do just that against some of the best young talent in the desert. 

Bart already has tackled two levels in the minors this year and the AFL will be another big test for the No. 2 pick from the 2018 MLB Draft. In 57 games with the San Jose Giants, Bart hit .265 with 12 homers, 10 doubles and a .793 OPS before being promoted to Double-A Richmond. 

Through 10 games in Double-A, Bart is batting just .206 in the pitcher-friendly Eastern League. But he did snap an 0-for-11skid Monday and hit his 14th long ball on the year. 

Bart has impressed behind the dish this season and minor league coaches named him the best defensive catcher in the California League while he was in San Jose. The AFL could be the perfect time to experiment with his defense, though. 

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently told The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly that he wants Bart to add another position to his arsenal besides catcher. The 22-year-old has served as either catcher or DH in his entire minor league career. The same goes for his time at Georgia Tech. 

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Could the Giants get Bart some time as a first baseman this fall? What about third base? Bart seems like San Francisco's catcher of the future, but adding versatility to his game will only get him to Oracle Park faster. 

For every Bart Bomb at the plate, keep your eyes on if he's playing anywhere else but behind it.

Giants prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos honored by minor league coaches

Giants prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos honored by minor league coaches

With each passing day, the future of the Giants becomes more exciting. As the big league club battles in the NL wild-card race, the Giants appear to have some stars in the making down on the farm. 

It all starts with top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos. 

Bart, 22, and Ramos, just 19 years old, have been so impressive this season, they already have been promoted from Class A Advanced San Jose to Double-A Richmond. Before they jumped to the Eastern League, though, they caught the eyes of coaches around the California League. 

Baseball America surveyed managers across the minor leagues, looking to see who has the best tools in each league. Ramos was so spectacular as a teenager, he took home three different honors in the California League: Best Power, Best Defensive Outfielder and Most Exciting Prospect. 

Ramos vastly improved at the plate this season, showing his five-tool potential as the Giants' first-round pick in 2017. He slashed .306/.385/.500 with 13 home runs and 18 doubles in 77 games with the San Jose Giants. The young center fielder has power to all fields, hitting eight of his long balls to center field or the opposite way. 

He hit his first Double-A homer in just his third game with the Flying Squirrels. 

Bart, the Giants' top prospect, hit .265 with 12 home runs, 10 doubles and a .793 OPS in 57 games with San Jose. But it's the defense from the 6-foot-2, 235-pound catcher that really has opened eyes, earning him Best Defensive Catcher by Cal League coaches. Bart has a cannon of an arm and has thrown out 20 baserunners this year. 

And he's already hit his first Double-A homer, too, a monster of a big fly. 

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For the first time in years, San Francisco seems to be growing a crop of stars in its farm system, and Bart and Ramos are the headliners.

Watch Giants prospect Heliot Ramos hit walk-off home run for San Jose

Ali Thanawalla

Watch Giants prospect Heliot Ramos hit walk-off home run for San Jose

Giants No. 2 prospect Heliot Ramos continues to exceed expectations this season. His latest act might have been his best yet Tuesday night. 

On the first pitch of the ninth inning, Ramos hammered a hanging curveball and launched a walk-off home run over the right-center field wall to give the San Jose Giants a 5-4 win against the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Ramos was 0-for-4 at the time, but one swing was all that mattered. The 19-year-old now has 13 homers this season, two more than he had all of last year in 53 fewer games. 

Through 71 games in Class A Advanced San Jose, Ramos is batting .309 with 30 extra-base hits and a .901 OPS. He leads the Giants in homers, runs (49) and on-base percentage (.387). 

San Jose is led by the Giants' top two prospects in catcher Joey Bart and Ramos. They are a huge reason why the Giants have jumped from No. 28 to No. 15 in Baseball America's rankings of farm systems. While Ramos might be the Giants' most impressive prospect this year, Bart has caught fire recently. 

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Bart was named the California League Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday after hitting .381 with three homers over five games from July 22-28. The Giants' 2018 first-round pick is enjoying his best month of the season, batting .301 with six long balls in July. 

The combination of Bart and Ramos give the Giants two foundational prospects to build around in the future. And Ramos' heroics were just the latest example.

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