Bart goes yard in return from injured list

Top-rated Giants prospect had been sidelined since April 16

Heliot Ramos (right) congratulates Joey Bart following his third-inning homer in his return. (Shelly Valenzuela/San Jose Giants)

By Jordan Wolf / | June 5, 2019 2:23 AM

Joey Bart came back with a bang Tuesday.

San Francisco's top prospect went 2-for-3 and belted a two-run homer in his first game off the injured list as Class A Advanced San Jose defeated Modesto, 9-4, at Excite Ballpark. He missed 45 games with a fractured hand after being hit by a pitch in an April 15 game.

Video: Giants' Bart belts third homer

Bart lined to second base in his first trip to the plate, then stepped in again in the third after second-ranked Heliot Ramos doubled to right field to plate John Riley and Bryce Johnson and put the Giants ahead, 2-1. The 22-year-old quickly added on to the lead, rocketing the first pitch he saw from right-hander Austin Hutchison over the fence in left for his third homer of the season and first since April 11.

Ramos doubled to right off Hutchison with two outs in the fifth and raced home on Bart's single to center. Bart advanced to second on a throwing error by center fielder and Jarred Kelenic, the Mariners No. 2 prospect, and came home two pitches later when Courtney Hawkins took Hutchison deep to left-center.

Bart, who walked in the seventh, raised his average to an even .300.'s No. 23 overall prospect entered with a .270/.341/.541 slash line, two homers and eight RBIs in 10 games in his first full Minor League season.

Gameday box score

While a fracture to his non-throwing hand wasn't devastating, Bart acknowledged last week that the road to recovery still was not easy.

"It's been a little bit of a lengthy process. It wasn't a very bad fracture, but it was tough," Bart told NBC Sports Bay Area on May 29. "I didn't want to give in too early. The last couple of weeks, it's been a lot better compared to the first few weeks."

After the Giants drafted him second overall last year out of Georgia Tech, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound backstop hit .261 in six games in the Rookie-level Arizona League before joining Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. In 45 Northwest League games, Bart batted .298/.369/.613 while crushing 13 homers and driving in 40 runs.

Ramos finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. He's hitting .462 (12-for-26) in seven games since returning from a sprained knee ligament on May 27.

The Puerto Rico native sports a line of .326/.441/.640 overall on the season, homering seven times and driving in 16 runs. In his first full professional campaign last season, Ramos hit .245/.313/.396 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs with Class A Augusta.

San Jose starter Aaron Phillips (4-4) got the win after allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. His ERA on the year is 4.01 through 11 starts with the Giants.

Kelenic was 2-for-4 and scored three times, while Jack Larsen doubled, singled and drove in three runs for the Nuts.

Jordan Wolf is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @byjordanwolf. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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