All eyes are on Joey Bart. The Giants' top prospect only has played in five major league games, but his debut last Thursday might have been the most hyped in San Francisco since, unironically, Buster Posey joined the big league team.
Through five games, Bart now is only batting .235 after a rough game in the Giants' 10-8 extra innings win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. While watching from afar, here's what The Athletic's MLB prospects expert Keith Law has noticed about Bart.
"Bart’s first few games as a Giant showed off his power -- he nearly homered on a 95 mph fastball middle-away from a lefty, driving it to the right-field wall -- and the issues he’s had with swing and miss, as he’s been chasing a lot of offspeed stuff out of the zone and also whiffing on breaking stuff in or near the zone," Law wrote.
All of the above is true about the 23-year-old. Bart missed his first homer by inches on Sunday, and his first career hit in the majors was a double down the left-field line that had an absurd 109.5 mph exit velocity.
But Bart also has struck out seven times in his first 20 plate appearances. He had his first three-strikeout game Tuesday night, his first taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. Every game that Bart has started, he has struck out at least once.
Bart hit 16 homers and had a .495 slugging percentage in the minor leagues last season. The former first-round pick owned a .532 slugging percentage in his minor league career, but also struck out 22.8 percent of his at-bats.
Strikeouts will come with Bart, as will his power. It's early -- extremely early -- into his MLB career, and the Giants have to be happy with what they've seen. Not to mention, they are a perfect 5-0 with Bart in the lineup.