Arizona Fall League

Giants top prospect Joey Bart named to Arizona Fall League All-Star Game

Giants top prospect Joey Bart named to Arizona Fall League All-Star Game

While the Giants hope a healthy offseason can get Buster Posey back on track for 2020, the honors keep coming for Giants' top prospect Joey Bart.

The 22-year-old catcher has been opening eyes in the Arizona Fall League. Bart opened the Fall League as the Player of the Week and then went on to win the Championship Chains Hitter of the Week. Now, he's an All-Star down in the desert. 

Bart was named Tuesday to the East Division for the Fall Stars Game, a collection of the best players in the AFL. The game will be played on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT. 

Bart, ranked as MLB.com's No. 19 prospect overall, is the lone Giants prospect playing the All-Star Game. Fellow top prospect Heliot Ramos is off to a slow start, batting just .171 with one homer in 10 games. 

But Bart has been on a tear for the Scottsdale Scorpions. He's hitting .345 with four homers, 10 RBI and an eye-popping 1.306 OPS. 

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The former No. 2 overall pick from a year ago has been showing off big-league power and an improved ability to turn on the ball. The Giants couldn't be happier with his development, and it's reasonable to project the young catcher will join Posey in the big leagues early next season. 

For once, Bart isn't delayed in the Bay Area. In this case, it's actually ahead of schedule.

Giants prospect Heliot Ramos hits first homer of Arizona Fall League

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Giants prospect Heliot Ramos hits first homer of Arizona Fall League

While fellow Giants top prospect Joey Bart is tearing the cover off the ball in the Arizona Fall League, the desert hasn't be quite as kind to Heliot Ramos. 

The 20-year-old entered Saturday batting just .158 in nine games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Ramos has been on the wrong end of some bad luck, though, having several hard hits caught in the AFL. The same happened his first at-bat Friday night in a line drive right at the shortstop, but later in the game, he hit one far enough and hard enough that nobody could catch. 

Ramos, the Giants' No. 2 prospect, showed off his impressive opposite-field power with his first homer in the Fall League. 

For a prospect as young as Ramos -- he was 19 years old the whole 2019 season -- the center fielder has advanced power to the opposite field. Of his 13 homers in Class A Advanced San Jose this season, eight were to center or right field, via BaseballSavant. 

As far as Ramos' tough luck goes, he's sticking with his plan despite some underwhelming stats. 

"It's been kind of tough, but I feel like I've been doing a pretty good job," Ramos said to MLB.com's Jim Callis. "... Can't do nothing about it if you hit the ball hard and they caught it."

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Ramos does have 10 strikeouts to only one walk so far. He says he's recognizing pitches better, however, and that has been a big emphasis of his game the past two offseasons. 

Though the numbers aren't encouraging on paper, the AFL is all about more development for Ramos. He's on the fast track to the big leagues and has all the tools to be a future star. Right now, he just needs to focus on fine-tuning his raw skills. 

Joey Bart’s Arizona Fall League tear might expedite his Giants future

Joey Bart’s Arizona Fall League tear might expedite his Giants future

Joey Bart is making up for lost time with a bang.

The Giants' top prospect missed six weeks this season when a wild pitch fractured his left hand at the plate. After an impressive end to the season in Double-A, where he was named Eastern League Player of the Week, Bart has brought his hot stick to the desert. 

Facing some of the top prospects in all of baseball, Bart has been the best hitter by far in the Arizona Fall League. After crushing yet another home run Friday night, the catcher is batting .400 with four homers and a ridiculous 1.479 OPS in eight games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Bart is tied for the league lead in homers (four) and ranks first in on-base percentage (.559), slugging percentage (.920) and OPS. 

One of Bart's Fall League goals was to work on laying off balls and attacking strikes. So far, so good. Not only are his off-the-charts power numbers there, Bart also has three more walks (8) than strikeouts (5). 

Bart was recognized right away for his hot start and was named Player of the Week to open up the AFL. He then went full The U and took home the Championship Chains Hitter of the Week Award. 

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Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently hinted at his plan for Bart next season on The Giants Insider Podcast. Zaidi says the catcher won't be handed the honor but has an opportunity to start the 2020 season in Sacramento with the Giants' Triple-A affiliate. 

If Bart continues his progression, it's nearly a guarantee we see him in San Francisco next season, too.