The Giants’ top prospect has suffered a setback. 2018 No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart fractured the second metacarpal in his left hand after being hit by a pitch during Monday night’s game with Single-A San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy broke the news to Giants reporters on Tuesday. Bart will be in a cast for two weeks before being re-evaluated. The injury typically puts players on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.
Joey Bart has a fractured second metacarpal in his left hand after getting hit by a pitch last night. Will be in a cast two weeks then reevaluated. Likely out till the end of May/start of June.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) April 16, 2019
Here’s what Giants Farm Director Kyle Haines had to say about the injury via San Jose Giants play-by-play man Joe Ritzo.
“It’s a setback, but it sets him up for a great comeback,” Haines said. “This will challenge him mentally. We sure want to see him on the field, but it gives him an opportunity to grow in other ways with his knowledge off the field. Maybe we can find some positives out of this, teach him some other things that aren’t between the lines & help his development there. We’ll get him back on the field, maybe an Arizona Fall League assignment to make up for these lost at-bats.”
Bart, 22, has been crushing the ball in his first season at Single-A San Jose. In 10 games, Bart has posted a slash line of .270/.341/.541 with two home runs.