The Joey Bart Show continues, with each episode more exciting than the last.
For his fantastic July, the Giants' top prospect was named Northwest League Player of the Month on Monday. One day later, he was just showing off.
Bart started behind the dish and batted third Tuesday night in the Northwest League-Pioneer League All-Star Game. In his first at-bat, Bart showed off his power stroke that has caught everyone's attention.
After fouling off three pitches, Bart dug out a 2-2 offering and hammered a three-run blast just to the right of dead-center field. The knock gave the Northwest League a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
That was just the beginning of a big game for Bart. His next at-bat, Bart just missed going yard for the second time on the night. Bart hit a rocket of a line drive off the top of the right field wall, resulting in a single.
On the day, Bart went 2-for-3 with the home run and single, three RBI and one run scored.
Bart dominated his first month in the minors to earn top honors with a .333 batting average, 1.126 OPS and nine home runs. Somehow, he's been even hotter to start August. In his first four games this month, Bart is batting .412 with two doubles and two triples. If you include the All-Star Game, he is 9-for-20 this month.
While Bart had yet another big night at the plate, it was actually his Salem-Keizer teammte who stole the show for the Northwest League in a 13-10 loss to the Pioneer League.
Diego Rincones, batting fifth and playing left field, won Northwest League MVP. The 19-year-old went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. He also nailed a runner out at the plate with Bart making the tag.
"I felt really good having [Bart] there behind the plate and just wanted to make a really good throw," Rincones said to MiLB.com. "I feel really happy about [the MVP award] because I can play here. I felt really good about the game and was trying to do 100 percent."
Rincones is batting .357 with four home runs, 10 doubles and an .876 OPS this season for the Volcanoes.