With the second overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the San Francisco Giants have selected Joey Bart, a catcher from Georgia Tech.
Bart’s a mile ahead of every other catcher in the MLB draft. Outside of his foot speed, there isn’t a major negative on Georgia Tech’s catcher. Bart can hit to all fields with easy power, on top of being a fantastic game manager and defensive catcher.
Georgia Tech’s starting backstop his freshman year, Bart hit 16 home runs in 216 at-bats last season for the Yellow Jackets while maintaining a .474 on-base percentage, earning him 2018 All-ACC honors. Bart was the ACC’s Baseball Player Of The Year in 2018. While Bart isn’t fast per say, he did steal three bases for Georgia Tech last season, and he is rather athletic or a catcher.
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Bart was selected in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays but chose to honor his commitment to the Yellow Jackets instead of signing with the Rays. It seems to have served him well, as he is headed off to the Bay as the future face of the Giants.
Positionally, this pick seems rather confusing. The Giants have Buster Posey behind the plate for the foreseeable future, and Brandon Belt has performed well enough at first base this year to table any discussion about moving Posey there. However, the Giants obviously see enough in Bart to warrant moving guys around for.
Bart likely immediately surpasses Heliot Ramos as the Giants’ top prospect, giving them two top-100 prospects per MLB Pipeline.