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Joey Bart named Giants’ top prospect by Baseball America



Just over a month after being selected with the second overall pick in the MLB Draft, catcher Joey Bart has been named as the Giants’ No. 1 overall prospect by Baseball America.

Bart, 21, has been crushing the ball in 15 games with Class A Salem-Keizer, with a .313 average, 1.062 OPS, and seven home runs. Bart is also the only member of the Giants to be included in Baseball America’s Top 50 Major League Prospects.

Last year’s first-round pick Heliot Ramos is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Giants’ system. The potential five-tool talent has been decent in his first season with Single-A Augusta (.243/.319/.384) and is still just 18 years old. Ramos, a native of Puerto Rico, projects as a centerfielder at the big league level.

The Giants’ No. 3 prospect is recent international signing Marco Luciano, a 16-year-old Dominican prospect who is currently ranked as the No. 2 international prospect in all of baseball. No. 4 is another pick in the Giants’ most recent draft, 6-foot-11 pitcher Sean Hjelle, who was selected at No. 45 overall. Hjelle has allowed just one run in four appearances (6 and 1/3 innings of work) with Salem-Keizer.

Once a top 100 MLB prospect, pitcher Tyler Beede has fallen out of the Giants’ top 10, and currently holds a 6.92 ERA with the Sacramento River Cats.