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Giants' Joey Bart hits two homers in first game of Arizona Fall League

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Ali Thanawalla

Giants' Joey Bart hits two homers in first game of Arizona Fall League

There are hot starts, and then there's what Joey Bart did in his first game in the Arizona Fall League.

The Giants' top prospect hit not one, but two homers in the Scottsdale Scorpions' 5-4 win Wednesday night over the Mesa Solar Sox. Batting fourth as the team's starting catcher, Bart took the second pitch he saw on the night deep over the left-center field wall off Tigers No. 20 prospect Anthony Castro for a two-run shot. 

Leading off the top of the seventh inning, Bart hit his second homer, a solo shot off rising A's prospect Jesus Zambrano, who went 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA between High A Stockton and Double-A Midland this season. And he knew it was gone right away, too. 

Bart ended the night 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored in the win.

“I feel like a lot of people gave up on me when I went down with that injury," Bart said to MLB.com's William Boor after the win. "Yeah, I’m here to make up for lost time, but also here to compete and get better and prove to myself and prove to everyone else that my season’s not over.”

Bart missed nearly two months after breaking his hand at the plate with the San Jose Giants in High A. He started off slow upon his return, but then hit .289 with six long balls in July. Bart followed that up with a great August after he was called up to Double-A Richmond early in the month.

The Giants' top pick from the 2018 MLB Draft ended the season the best way possible by earning Eastern League Player of the Week while batting .536 with a homer, four doubles, a triple and six RBI in his final seven games. Clearly, he brought his hot stick with him to the desert. 

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To top it off, Bart threw out two base runners attempting to steal. 

Prior to the AFL, MLB.com's Jim Callis predicted Bart, who's the No. 20 prospect in all of baseball, would end next year in the top 10. His first audition in the Fall League was quite the way to prove Callis very well could be correct.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

Go ahead and add another name to the candidacy list to take over the Giants' managerial role after Bruce Bochy announced his retirement following the 2019 season.

San Francisco reportedly has asked the Houston Astros for permission to speak to Joe Espada, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Espada also is a candidate for the Cubs' managing job.

Espada, 44, currently is the bench coach for the Astros. His background before joining Houston includes a stint with the New York Yankees as the special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014, where he later was named the team's third-base coach. Before that, he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins.  

He also coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. 

Espada was drafted by the Oakland A's in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent a decade playing internationally and made it through to Triple-A.

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He joins a list of potential Giants managers that includes Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay ... to name a few.

As Heyman points out, this is a younger group of candidates, which appears to be the theme across the board for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

There surely will be many more names to come before we know who will man the Giants' dugout in 2020.

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

A new name has been added to the running list of candidates to be the next Giants manager. 

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Thursday that the Giants are interested in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill their managerial opening left by Bruce Bochy's retirement. 

Quatraro, 45, was named Tampa Bay's bench coach prior to last season. He spent the 2018 season as the Rays' third base coach after four seasons as the Indians' assistant hitting coach. 

The Indians ranked fifth in MLB in runs per game (4.6) during his time in Cleveland and fifth in on-base percentage (.327). By comparison, the Giants ranked 28th in the majors last season in total runs scored (678) and in on-base percentage (.302). 

While Quatraro doesn't have managing experience in the big leagues, he has managed in the minors. Quatraro managed two seasons in Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2006-07), one season for Class A Columbus (2008) and one season for Class A Bowling Green (2009). '

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Quatraro joins known Giants candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, Mark Kotsay, Pedro Grifol, Gabe Kapler and Wil Venable to possibly be the next manager in San Francisco. 

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will search far and wide, and Quatraro seems to check every box he's looking for.