Top Giants prospect Joey Bart sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb in Arizona Fall League play, the team announced Wednesday. Surgery is not needed and the second overall pick in last year's Draft is expected to fully recover in four to six weeks.
Bart exited Tuesday night's game between Scottsdale and Peoria after being hit on the hand by a 96 mph fastball in the bottom of the sixth inning. He missed six weeks early in the regular season after being hit by a pitch on his left hand. Six months later, the young backstop has been dealt an unfortunate case of déjà vu.
Bart led off the sixth for the Scorpions, taking a strike and fouling off another pitch against Pirates No. 28 prospect Blake Cederlind. The right-hander then came up and inside, drilling Bart's hand as he flinched backwards. He threw down his bat, hunched over in pain and cradled his hand before stepping back out of the box.
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It wasn't the first time Bart was plunked as MLB.com's No. 19 overall prospect took a slider from fifth-ranked Red Sox prospect Tanner Houck off his left hip in the fourth inning. He scored three batters later on a single by Braves No. 11 prospect Greyson Jenista.
Through nine AFL games, Bart has a .345/.513/.793 slash line with four homers and 10 RBIs.
During the regular season, the 22-year-old Georgia Tech product posted a .265/.315/.479 line with 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 57 games for Class A Advanced San Jose. He represented the Giants in the Futures Games in July and was promoted a month later to Double-A Richmond, where he batted .316/.368/.544 with four long balls and 11 RBIs in 22 contests.