SAN FRANCISCO -- A strong summer has carried over for the Giants' top prospect.
Catcher Joey Bart was named the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after hitting two homers in the first week of action. Bart was 5-for-9 at the plate with three extra-base hits, four RBI and three walks. He also is getting strong reviews defensively.
Bart, 22, hit .278 with 16 homers across two levels this season and finished his first full pro year in Double-A. He should get plenty of at-bats for the Giants next spring and is on track to make his MLB debut at some point in 2020.
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Outfielder Heliot Ramos, also playing in the AFL, went 3-for-16 last week with six strikeouts. Right-hander Tristan Beck, acquired in the Mark Melancon deal, gave up a run in two innings of his AFL debut.
Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.
Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.
So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.
"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."
NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have a mutual interest in a deal.
Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.
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Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course, he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.
The teams in the NL West appear to really like free agent Madison Bumgarner.
The Padres are the latest team to show interest in the former Giants ace.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday night that the Padres are "taking close looks" at Bumgarner and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.
Bumgarner has been linked to the Dodgers and D-backs this week. The Rockies are the only NL West foe not to be linked to the 2014 World Series MVP. The Angels, in the AL West, reportedly are also pursuing Bumgarner after missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.
With Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the free-agent market, Bumgarner, Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best available arms remaining.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday night, citing sources, that there is mutual interest between Bumgarner and the Dodgers. The Giants are still talking to Bumgarner's representatives, according to Farhan Zaidi.
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Most Giants fans would like to see Bumgarner return to San Francisco. But if he doesn't, they would probably prefer if he leaves the NL West. It would be tough to watch the longtime face of the Giants come back to pitch against his former team multiple times a year.