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Giants' Bart last of 2018 draft top four picks not in MLB

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And then there was one. 

The Detroit Tigers announced Monday morning they are calling up top pitching prospect Casey Mize, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, to start their game Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. That means only player from the top four picks in the 2018 draft is yet to be called up this season. 

That honor belongs to Giants top prospect Joey Bart. 

Nick Madrigal, the No. 3 pick in the draft, made his debut for the White Sox on July 31, and Alec Bohm, the fourth pick in the draft, debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Meanwhile, Bart remains training and waiting at the Giants' alternate site in Sacramento. 

The Giants have made it clear keeping the catcher behind right now isn't a financial decision as they only had to wait five games to save an extra season of his service time. He's learning how to play first base, honing his catching skills and earning the praise of his peers like pitcher Dereck Rodriguez, who recently called him "unbelievable."

Bart, 23, hit .278 with 16 home runs last season between Single-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. Over his minor league career, Bart is batting .284 with 29 homers and an .875 OPS.

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Up in the big leagues, Giants catchers are struggling at the plate. Tyler Heineman (.189) and Chadwick Tromp (.211) have combined to hit exactly .200 with two homers and six RBI. At least one threw a scoreless ninth inning in a 15-3 loss to the A's, though.

As teams around the majors continue to call up their top prospects, there's another Bart delay in San Francisco. The wait continues.