SAN FRANCISCO — Joey Bart had never given catching much thought until circumstances beyond his control had him strapping on the equipment.
“I played center field until I was about 11 or 12 years old, and the catcher on our team got diagnosed with diabetes so he couldn’t be out in the hot sun that much,” Bart said Monday night before the Giants opened a three-game series against the Miami Marlins “I just kind of threw the gear on and took over and I never looked back.”
Bart, the No. 2 overall pick in the Major League draft arrived Monday afternoon with his parents and two older brothers.
First up was a tour of the AT&T Park, then a sessio with the media. Bart will stay in San Francisco through Tuesday. Then it’s off to the minor league complex in Arizona and eventually a Single-A assignment for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon.
“Whenever I’m ready, I guess they’ll make that call,” Bart said.
The Giants signed Bart to a reported $7.025 million signing bonus, the largest ever to a position player. If Bart is as far along as the Giants think he is, he’ll be in Salem soon and begin a steady ascent up the ladder.
Bart was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, hitting .359 with 16 home runs. He called pitches in high school, and for the past season and a half at Georgia Tech.
“About halfway through last year they let me start taking that over, and this year, I just never looked over to the dugout to the coach, and I didn’t do it all year,” Bart said.
At the time Bart met with the media, he hadn’t yet met manager Bruce Bochy and only a few of the players — Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Strickland, and of courese, Buster Posey.
Ten years ago,
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports