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Joey Bart was behind the dish and batting third in an All-Star Game two months after the Giants made the Georgia Tech catcher the No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

This doesn't come as a surprise to Giants executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean, the man who played a large role in San Francisco selecting Bart. Once Bart reaches the bigs, Sabean sees more MidSummer Classics in the catcher's future. 

"We think he's gonna be an All-Star," Sabean said Friday on KNBR

In Bart's first taste of an All-Star Game, he flashed his power bat that has Giants fans buzzing, blasting a three-run homer in his first trip to the plate. 

The Giants' top prospect showed his future All-Star potential in his 45 games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. At Class A Short Season, Bart slashed .298/.369/.613 with 13 home runs, 14 doubles and 39 RBI.

With Buster Posey's health and age concerns -- he recently underwent season-ending hip surgery and will be 32 years old all next season -- Bart should be on the fast track to San Francisco.

 

One year before drafting Bart, the Giants took a five-tool teenage outfielder in Heliot Ramos. It sure sounds like the two are untouchables in trades for Sabean. 

"Those two guys, I think are front burner, whether it be for us or the outside world," Sabean said. 

Ramos crushed his competition last season, batting .348 with six home runs, six triples and 11 doubles in 45 games of the Arizona Rookie League. But in 2018, Ramos didn't see the same numbers in Single-A. Ramos slashed .245/.313/.396 for the Augusta GreenJackets, but did add 11 home runs, eight triples, 24 doubles, and hit .282 in August.

"They're obviously on different tracks, but should have very bright futures," Sabean said on Bart and Ramos. 

The Giants' top pick from 2017 just turned 19 years old on Sept. 7, playing the entire season at only 18 years old. The center fielder was one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League and still showed flashes of his promise, it just came in bunches instead of consistent runs. 

Bart and Ramos are the Giants' top two prospects by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline's rankings. The two embody what the Giants need more than ever -- power and athleticism.