Arizona Fall League Player of the Week keeps the hot start going into Week 2...
#SFGiants top prospect Joey Bart blasts off with a mammoth grand slam! (103.7 mph, 423 ft.)— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 30, 2019
It's the 3rd homer in 6 @MLBazFallLeague games for #MLB's No. 19 overall prospect.
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How outsized is Bart’s standing among the Giants’ contingent this year? Joey has eight hits in the AFL so far. His three system-mates combined also have eight hits! Joey has four extra base hits (3 HRs); his system-mates have four extra base hits (0 HRs). He has been the true Giant here so far. Coming off a blistering final month of the 2019 in which he posted a .912 OPS for Richmond, Bart is looking to end his first full year on a triumphant note and possibly serve notice that his minor league career doesn’t have a whole lot more time left in it.
As for the rest of the gang.....well...how’d you like to see Joey’s swing from the opposite point of view? Dingers! Dingers! Dingers!
Joey Bart, 3 games, 3 for 9, 1 HRs, 4 BBs, 3 K, Season totals .444/.600/1.000
Jacob Heyward, 2 games, 0 for 5, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, Season totals .167/.333/.417
Jalen Miller, 1 game, 1 for 5, 2 Ks, Season totals .125/.125/.125
Heliot Ramos, 3 games, 2 for 13, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, Season totals .172/.219/.242
As noted above, Bart is carrying the flag for the Giants’ contingent and has established himself as one of the very best prospects in this year’s AFL class.
Heliot Ramos, unlike Bart, has continued to experience some of the same struggles we saw from him after his promotion to AA. Advanced pitching continues to be a — not unexpected — speed bump for the newly turned 20 year old. Reps, Reps, Reps Heliot! The building blocks of success. On the bright side, Ramos had just 1 K in his 13 ABs and both of his hits went for extra base hits.
Tristan Beck, 1 GS 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, Season Totals 7.71 ERA
Frank Rubio, 1 G, 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB 2 K, Season Totals 6.75 ERA
Tyler Schimpf, 1 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, Season Totals 4.91 ERA
Bryce Tucker, 1 G, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, Season Totals 1.17 ERA
Little good to be found in the relatively sparse innings pitched from the pitchers, though there’s some decent K rates being posted. Starter Tristan Beck now has 6 Ks in 4.2 IP, though the 4 BBs and 9 hits are an awful lot of traffic. Lefty Bryce Tucker has struck out 5 in 2.2 IP and has allowed just two hits, but again with 4 BBs. We’ll keep parsing it out, but so far there’s little glory to be found on the pitching side of the squad.
But here’s hoping that not too far down the line maybe we’ll see Heliot or Joey on a list like this.