The Giants will have Buster Posey back on their roster this season after he opted out in 2020, which means the Giants’ catching depth obviously just got better.
The two main behind-the-dish questions are where Patrick Bailey and Joey Bart will start the season out. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi added some clarity to those questions Saturday.
“I think Patrick is going to start somewhere in A-ball, with it being his first real professional season without being able to get up out at all and play affiliated ball last year,” Zaidi said on KNBR’s Giants FanFest.
Bailey, a switch-hitting power backstop, was the team’s No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 draft and was the top-ranked collegiate catcher according to MLB Pipeline. Drafting a hitter out of college in the first round typically is Zaidi’s MO.
“As for Joey, nothing is set in stone, but our intent in signing Curt Casali this offseason was not to put ourselves in a position where we would be forced to put Joey on the roster as a backup, catching once or twice a week catching behind Buster, not really getting the developmental at-bats he needed," Zaidi said. "So there’s certainly scenarios where he starts out the season in the minor leagues, Triple-A.
"We’ll just have to see how it plays out with the health of the guys in front of him.”
Bart was expedited to the big leagues last year and played in 33 games last season, finishing with a .233/.288/.320 with 24 hits.
Zaidi said he expects Bart to build off of his experience last year, noting the 24-year-old's acceleration to the majors had a lot to do with how he performed in 2019 in High-A and Double-A ball.
But, he didn't rule out anything either.
“I mean, if he gets pushed into duty and if he has a terrific camp, which he has done in the past, maybe that equation changes,” Zaidi said.