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Wednesday BP: Joey Bart re-assigned

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The catcher will be on an opening day roster soon, but not this year

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Joey Bart’s time with the San Francisco Giants major league camp has come to a close. On Tuesday, the team announced that Bart — the organization’s top prospect in most rankings — was being re-assigned to minor league camp.

This is certainly no indictment of Bart. It’s really just to make sure he’s getting steady playing time in the minors, while those who are actually battling for the opening day roster can get more reps.

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area explains the team’s thinking:

The Giants have not yet announced where Bart will begin the season, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said in the past that the goal was for Bart to start in Triple-A. That would put him in position for a call-up this season, although the staff does not want Bart to come up to the big leagues and sit five days a week. That’s why he never was really part of the competition to win the backup job, one now fully focused on Rob Brantly and Tyler Heineman, with the possibility that the Giants add someone at the end of camp.

Manager Gabe Kapler was laudatory when talking about Bart, but pointed to his inexperience. As Kapler has done all spring, he was open about the areas where he wants to see his players improve.

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi also spoke on Tuesday, and noted that Bart could get some time at first base in the minors. He also pointed to Buster Posey’s strong spring, perhaps suggesting that the Giants won’t have as much of a two-man operation as perhaps we initially thought.

The Giants also re-assigned Cristhian Adames, and option Joe McCarthy and Enderson Franco.