Why nothing is guaranteed anymore for Joey Bart

Why nothing is guaranteed anymore for Joey Bart

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants are striking a different tone this spring with Joey Bart. He is 26 years old, almost five years since San Francisco made him its highest drafted player since Will Clark and one underwhelming big-league season since he last appeared on a prospect list.

Nothing is guaranteed.

“Any prospect that comes to the big leagues, the organization wants to give them a chance to perform and to succeed. At a certain point, that player has less of that runway and he’s more just competing like others are in a major-league camp like we have,” manager Gabe Kapler said to kick off camp. “That’s where we are with Joey.”

Last spring, Bart wasn’t anointed the starter, either. He won the role, and when the Giants broke camp, the post-Buster Posey era appeared to be off to a rollicking start. Bart showed off his light-tower power on Opening Day, but the ensuing 161 games were mostly downhill. There was a demotion, a promotion and a swing change; a hot August but a cold September. A year later, he’s right back where he was last spring. Fighting for a job.

“At times it was obviously tough,” Bart said of his 2022, speaking to reporters Friday for the first time this spring. “For me, I’ve kind of gotten over that backwards thinking. All the punches I took, how am I gonna react to those? … There’s very few guys who can walk in here from day one and just have it. That’s what I’m excited about, taking all of the failures I’ve had and some of the successes I’ve had and moving forward with them.”

While Bart repeatedly used the word “excited” to describe his emotions, Kapler observed that Bart has been reserved during his first few days of camp. That is his nature, but it was also one hurdle he cleared last spring, when Kapler routinely remarked on Bart’s growing comfort level and the relationships he was building with the pitching staff.

The word of the next six weeks for Bart: contact. He whiffed in 38.5% of his trips to the plate last season. Only one player with as many plate appearances struck out more often: Joey Gallo (39.8%).

“He has to believe what’s keeping him from being the big leaguer that he wants to be and we want him to be is just more consistent contact,” Kapler said. “He has to really believe that’s the thing that is standing in his way.”

And if not, then, well, that’s why Roberto Pérez, Blake Sabol and Austin Wynns are in camp. (And while only Bart and Sabol are on the 40-man roster, Bart is also the only player they can option to Triple-A.)

That Bart’s competition is made up of his backup from last year, a Rule 5 draft pick who hasn’t played a game in the majors (or many professionally behind the plate at all) and a 34-year-old who has struggled to stay healthy, and that he hasn’t won the position outright, could say as much about Bart’s standing in the organization as anything else.

“I would see it as a true competition,” Kapler said. “We have four guys essentially battling for two roster spots and playing time within those roster spots. I think it’s a great thing for our camp. It’s no secret that for us to have the type of season we want, we need two of those guys to step up and be contributors.”

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