Joey Bart could join Giants midseason, one scout says, and here's why

Joey Bart could join Giants midseason, one scout says, and here's why

Joey Bart didn't take long to prove why the Giants selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

As the big-league club stumbled in San Francisco, Bart blasted balls over the wall for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. He launched nine home runs in his first month in short-season Single-A alone. 

Bart joined the Giants in big-league camp this spring and hasn't slowed down at the plate. Through 11 games, the catcher is batting .467 (7-for-15) with one home run, two doubles and six RBI.

One scout told Baseball America it shouldn't take Bart long to reach the big league. Not long at all.

"Joey Bart for me is guy that could potentially be in the big leagues halfway through the year," the anonymous scout said. "I don’t see why he couldn’t. He’s had that good of a spring."

That's a bold statement on a player who was drafted less than a year ago. The 22-year-old is expected to start the season in full-season Single-A with the San Jose Giants. But if you're trying to see him in the Bay Area, get a ticket now.

One year removed from being a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, Bart should move quickly through the Giants' farm system. His bat is considered ahead of his defense, however, and Mike Krukow believes the catcher will benefit learning from manager Bill Hayes in San Jose.

The scout begs to differ that Bart's defense is holding him back.

"He’s caught really well behind the plate," the scout told Baseball America. "He’s handled new pitchers and all that fine. I think the attitude is there behind home plate. He’s got the mental ability to do it."

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Bart did handle calling pitches in college. He also threw out 16 base-runners during his first year in the minors. But, no, he won't be used as the Giants' savior for the 2019 season, especially with three levels to climb.

There's a scenario in which Bart could be called up to San Francisco in September, though even that's a stretch. For now, watch him grow in the minors, and catch a ride to San Jose soon.

Pablo Sandoval wants to return to Giants after Tommy John surgery


Pablo Sandoval wants to return to Giants after Tommy John surgery

The Giants announced on Saturday that infielder Pablo Sandoval will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Roughly an hour later, Sandoval spoke to the media about what the injury means for his future.

"I want to keep playing, especially right now we're in this race," Sandoval told reporters ahead of the Giants-A's game. "At the same time, things happen for a reason."

As for next season, the impending free agent would prefer to stay with the Giants.

“I want to come back,” Sandoval told reporters. “I want to be here the rest of my career. It’s not my decision.”

Sandoval will miss the rest of Bruce Bochy's final year as the team's manager, a development that disappoints the infielder.

"It's hard because he's one of the greatest managers ever," Sandoval said. "Thank God give me the opportunity to play nine years for him and I do everything I can for him and to be part of three World Series is the most important thing."

The surgery is set to take place in September which means ... perhaps he could take one more at-bat before. He was asked if this was a possibility.

"I mean, I know how to handle the pain," Sandoval said with a smile.

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The 33-year-old has been struggling with bone chips since 2011 and recently received a cortisone shot to try and relieve the pain. 

Sandoval isn't exactly known for his pitching, well -- not entirely anyway. So despite the TJ surgery keeping him from throwing, hitting is always an option. There's a guy named Shohei Ohtani doing just that.

Panda will be a free agent after this season so, despite the timeline, he could go to an AL team and be put on the roster as a designated hitter.

“This is not the end of my career,” Sandoval said. “I’m going to come back stronger.”

Giants' Pablo Sandoval to undergo Tommy John surgery on right elbow


Giants' Pablo Sandoval to undergo Tommy John surgery on right elbow

Pablo Sandoval's 2019 season is over.

The Giants infielder will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the team announced Saturday.

The surgery is set to take place the first week of September.

Sandoval has been on the injured list since Aug. 9 as he dealt with inflammation in his elbow.

Sandoval has been dealing with bone chips in his right elbow since 2011, and had a cortisone shot on Aug. 11 to try to relieve the pain.

News of the surgery is a devastating blow for Sandoval, who had turned his career around and became one of the Giants' most reliable hitters this season. In 107 games, Sandoval slashed .269/.314/.509 with 23 doubles, 14 homers and 41 RBI.

While the surgery could keep Sandoval out for the entire 2020 season, there is one bit of hope. Early last September, the Angels announced that two-way star Shohei Ohtani needed Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. While Ohtani hasn't been able to pitch, he has served as the Angels' designated hitter this season.

So, if Sandoval's recovery goes well, it's possible that the impending free agent could serve as a DH for an AL team or a pinch-hitter for a NL team.