Giants prospect Bart out with another significant injury after hit by pitch
SAN FRANCISCO — Top Giants prospect Joey Bart fractured his right thumb on Tuesday night while playing in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
The No. 1 prospect in the Giants’ farm system and No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018 was hit in the right hand by a fastball thrown by Pirates prospect Blake Cederlind in Tuesday’s game and is likely to miss the rest of the Fall League schedule due to the injury.
Bart is expected to see Giants’ team specialist Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale on Wednesday.
The injury is the second Bart has dealt with this year as he also missed six weeks during his time with High-A San Jose due to a fractured second metacarpal in his left hand that was also the result of a hit by pitch.
Bart was recently named to the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game, but will not have the chance to play in a showcase of the league’s top prospects. The Georgia Tech product was 10-for-30 with four home runs and a 1.290 OPS, which led all players with at least five at-bats.
Bart’s latest hand injury is his third in the last four years as he also missed the final 11 games of his sophomore season at Georgia Tech in 2017 due to a broken thumb. It’s unclear whether it was a right or left thumb injury that Bart dealt with in college, but the power-hitting catcher hasn’t had an easy time staying healthy.