Bart is expected to open the year in the minors after the Giants signed Curt Casali to a major-league deal Monday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The 2018 second-overall pick got called up ahead of schedule last year due to Buster Posey's opt out, but he didn't exactly prove to be big-league ready, hitting .233/.288/.320 with a 36.9 percent strikeout rate and a 2.7 percent walk rate in 33 games. The acquisition of Casali means the Giants now have a veteran backup for Posey, allowing Bart to finish his development in the minors before pushing for his second chance at the highest level.
Bart will likely begin the upcoming season as the Giants' No. 2 catcher after manager Gabe Kapler said Tuesday that Buster Posey would receive "the lion's share of the reps" behind the plate in 2021, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
Posey's decision to opt out of the 2020 campaign during summer camp may have had a hand in Bart -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft -- receiving the call to the big leagues last summer, despite having only appeared in 22 games above the High-A level. After a strong start at the dish following his promotion, Bart slumped in September to finish with an underwhelming .233/.288/.320 slash line over his 111 plate appearances. The Giants still view the 24-year-old as their backstop of the future, so look for the organization to do whatever it can to make room for Bart to make more starts than the typical backup catcher. The lack of a universal designated hitter in 2021 limits the Giants' options, but Posey's ability to play first base at least offers one avenue for both Bart and the 2012 NL MVP to stick in the lineup simultaneously.
Bart isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Padres.
Bart will get a breather after recording hits in four of the last five contests. Tyler Heineman will start behind the dish as Johnny Cueto is expected to take the mound for the Giants on Saturday.
Bart will bat eighth and catch Monday night against the Rockies.
Bart was initially slated for a night off, but the Giants have tweaked their lineup prior to first pitch. The backstop is hitting .292/.333/.333 with a triple and four RBI through 15 games in September.
Bart isn't in Monday's lineup against the Rockies.
Bart will remain on the bench for a second straight game with Johnny Cueto starting Monday's series opener against the Rockies. Chadwick Tromp will take over as the catcher in his absence.
Bart is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the A's.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle suggests it could end up being a two-day break for Bart, with Johnny Cueto slated to start Monday's opener against Colorado. Bart, like most young players, will need to make some adjustments; he is just 2-for-his-last-19 and is batting .241/.302/.304 through 86 plate appearances.
Bart is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Padres, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bart will head to the bench after starting the previous four games and going 4-for-14 during that stretch. Chadwick Tromp will catch for Johhny Cueto for the right-hander's third straight start.
Bart is out of the lineup Friday against the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Bart started the past four games and will take a seat after going 4-for-14 with three runs, one RBI and seven strikeouts during that stretch. Chadwick Tromp will serve as the catcher for Johnny Cueto for the third straight outing.
Bart is not in Sunday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
Bart started the first two games of the team's weekend series and has come alive with the bat of late, collecting eight hits in his last 17 at-bats. However, he'll retreat to the bench for the finale, with Chadwick Tromp taking over behind the plate and batting ninth.
Bart went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over Arizona.
Bart legged out the first triple of his MLB career and has been on fire this month, hitting in all four of his September appearances and posting a .471 average in that stretch. Small sample size applies here, but this is quite an improvement compared to the .161 average he posted in 10 August games.
Bart went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in Tuesday's 23-5 win over the Rockies.
Bart also reached base a fourth time when he was hit by a pitch. After recording exactly one hit in each of his first four MLB games, Bart had fallen into a 1-for-19 slump before breaking out Tuesday along with a number of teammates, as San Francisco's 27 hits were the most by an NL team since 1999.
Bart is not in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bart started the past six games and will receive a day off while mired in a 1-for-18 slump. Chadwick Tromp will catch Johnny Cueto in the series finale for the Giants.
Bart will head to the bench Saturday after starting in back-to-back games following his Thursday promotion, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Bart will head to the bench after going 2-for-7 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI in his first two starts. Chadwick Tromp will get the nod behind the plate in favor of Bart on Saturday.
The Giants called up Bart from their alternate training site ahead of Thursday's game against the Angels.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft and one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball, Bart will make the jump to the majors with less than 100 plate appearances of Double-A experience under his belt. Despite his lack of high-level experience, the 23-year-old should prove to be an immediate upgrade over the Giants' current backstop tandem of Chadwick Tromp (.521 OPS) and Tyler Heineman (.503 OPS). Expect Bart to immediately settle into an everyday role behind the dish with San Francisco, and the Giants could look to keep his bat in the lineup by deploying him as a designated hitter on his non-catching days. Bart slashed .284/.343/.542 with 29 home runs in 130 games over his two seasons in the minors.
Bart has been taking grounders at first base at the alternate training site and could be called up Friday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Teams can now call up prospects without the player accruing a full year of service time. The Giants have said in the past that they want Bart to learn another defensive position before joining the major-league roster, and it turns out he's been working at first base with the club in West Sacramento. With no minor-league games this season, the 23-year-old could be at risk of stagnating in his development if he's not competing regularly in a live setting.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Friday that Bart is unlikely to serve as the Giants' primary catcher to begin the 2020 season, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Bart was unlikely to make the Opening Day roster heading into summer camp, but the Giants' catcher position opened up Friday after Buster Posey announced that he is opting out of the 2020 season. However, both Kapler and general manager Farhan Zaidi said that they feel as though Bart still has some development left and isn't a likely candidate to replace Posey. Tyler Heineman and Rob Brantly are the most likely options to handle the bulk of the work behind the plate this year.
Bart will be in major-league camp once play resumes but likely isn't a candidate for the Opening Day roster, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Bart was reassigned to minor-league camp in March before the season was suspended, but he'll now get a chance to gain more experience against higher-level talent before the regular season gets underway. The catcher appeared in just 22 games at the Double-A level in 2019, but he hit .280/.329/.503 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI over 80 total games in the minors last year. It's unclear what level the 23-year-old will be assigned to once the season begins.
Bart was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Bart was in big-league camp to start the spring but was never under serious consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. The 23-year-old may be the catcher of the future for the Giants, but that future won't be coming just yet as he's played only 22 games at the Double-A level. His destination to start the season has yet to be announced.
Bart will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb but won't require surgery.
Bart was hit by a pitch Tuesday while playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he'll obviously be sidelined for the remainder of that season. Overall it's relatively good news, as the 22-year-old shouldn't have any issues being ready for spring training in February.
Bart suffered a fractured right thumb Tuesday while playing in the Arizona Fall League, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The fractured thumb will cause Bart to miss the rest of the AZL season. The 22-year-old had hit three home runs with six RBI over nine games played in the Arizona Fall League.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs SD||L 4-5||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/26||vs SD||L 2-6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||@ SD||L 5-6||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs SD||W 5-4||3||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/24||vs COL||L 4-5||3||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/23||vs COL||W 7-2||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/22||vs COL||W 5-2||4||1||2||0||1||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2018||ROK-AZL Giants Orange||6||23||3||6||1||1||0||1||1||7||0||0||.261||.320||.391|
|2019||AFA-San Jose Giants||57||234||37||62||10||2||12||37||14||50||5||2||.265||.315||.479|
|2019||AAX-Richmond Flying Squi||22||79||9||25||4||1||4||11||7||21||0||2||.317||.368||.544|