The honors keep coming for Joey Bart. On Wednesday, Baseball America's annual Top 100 MLB prospects list entering the 2019 season was unveiled, and Bart was the lone Giants prospect to be named.
Bart, the Giants' top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is Baseball America's No. 29 overall prospect. The outlet calls Bart "an excellent defensive catcher with big power" and says "Bart is the heir apparent to Buster Posey in San Francisco."
Following the draft, Bart spent six games in the Arizona Rookie League before he burst on the scene for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Class A Short Season). He hit .333 with nine home runs, 24 RBI and a 1.126 OPS in his first month in Oregon.
While Bart made the list, the Giants lost a prospect from Baseball America's Top 100. Heliot Ramos, the team's top pick in 2017, came in at No. 79 before the 2018 season, but a disappointing year saw him drop off.
Ramos, 19, hit .245 with 11 home runs, eight triples and 24 doubles for the Augusta GreenJackets (Class A) last season. Both he and Bart are expected to start the 2019 season at Advanced Single-A with the San Jose Giants.
As the Giants look to climb out of the bottom of the NL West, their future is certainly looking much brighter thanks to the star potential of Bart and youth of Ramos.