Catcher Joey Bart, the Giants’ top prospect, will participate in his first big-league camp, training alongside six-time All-Star Buster Posey.
Bart tops the list of 18 non-roster players the Giants have invited to camp. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 12 and work out the next day. The first full squad workout is Feb. 18.
The second-overall pick out of Georgia Tech in last June’s draft, Bart received a $7.025 million signing bonus and, after a few games in rookie league, reported to Class A Salem-Keizer, where he had his way with Northwest League pitching. He hit 13 homers and 14 doubles in 45 games.
Like Posey, Bart was born in Georgia and played in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Posey was the Giants’ starting catcher two years after he was drafted fifth overall in 2008. If Bart, who grew up admiring Posey, has a similar timetable, Giants fans could see a lot of him in 2020.
Considered the top catching prospect in baseball, Bart is expected to open the 2019 season at Class A San Jose. San Jose’s new manager is Bill Hayes, a long-time instructor in the organization whose specialty is working with catchers.
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