Bart breaks out to lead week's top hitters

Top Giants prospect adjusts, notches 14 hits in seven games

Joey Bart gets a Gatorade shower after delivering a walk-off double for Richmond on Aug. 31. (Richmond Flying Squirrels)

By John Parker / MiLB.com | September 3, 2019 2:50 PM

Promoted to the Double-A Eastern League on Aug. 9, top Giants prospect Joey Bart went hitless in seven of his first nine games with Richmond. He was still under the Mendoza line as late as the 21st before his fortunes turned for the better.

A lot better.

Bart was named the circuit's final 2019 Offensive Player of the Week after going 14-for-26 with a homer, triple, four doubles and six RBIs in seven games from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2. The backstop's 14 hits for the Flying Squirrels were the most by any Double-A player over the eight-day span.

Video: Bart walks off for Richmond

Bart caught five of his seven games last week, served as Richmond's designated hitter in one -- the second half of a twinbill on Wednesday, and the only game in which he went hitless -- and delivered a pinch-hit single in one. He notched his second and third four-hit games of the season and lifted his Eastern League batting line from .208/.271/.377 to .316/.368/.544.

Flying Squirrels manager Willie Harris told MiLB.com that Bart made adjustments after his early struggles in the EL.

"He's just not fouling off the pitches that he's getting hits on now," Harris said. "He's being a little bit more aggressive in the batter's box. He's a big guy, has a really good approach and he finds holes, man. He's been finding some holes for us the last couple nights."

Harris had nothing but praise for Bart's work behind the plate, even as he was putting up big offensive numbers. "The way he calls the game and handles the pitching staff has been phenomenal," he said.

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With Richmond out of the Eastern League playoff picture, Bart now has a couple weeks off before heading west to participate in the 2019 Arizona Fall League, which gets underway Sept. 18. He'll be joining the Scottsdale Scorpions along with top Phillies prospect Alec Bohm and Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez.

As his Double-A manager concluded, "He's going to be a really good player for a really long time. The more he plays, the better he's going to get."

Below is the complete list of Minor League Offensive Players of the Week for Aug. 26-Sept. 2:

League Player Team MLB Stats
International Adam Duvall Gwinnett ATL .364/.548/.909, 7 G, 8-for-22, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 8 BB, 5 K
Pacific Coast Wilmer Difo Fresno WAS .444/.512/.722, 8 G, 16-for-36, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, 4 K
Eastern Joey Bart Richmond SF .538/.571/.885, 7 G, 14-for-26, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Southern Riley Unroe Mississippi ATL .407/.467/.778, 7 G, 11-for-27, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 SB
Texas Connor Wong Tulsa LAD .520/.571/1.080, 6 G, 13-for-25, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K
California Julio Rodriguez Modesto SEA .375/.459/.688, 8 G, 12-for-32, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 6 K)
Carolina Julio Pablo Martinez Down East TEX .378/.410/.649, 9 G, 14-for-37, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 14 K, 4 SB
Florida State Dylan Busby Bradenton PIT .429/.529/1.143, 4 G, 6-for-14, 1 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Midwest Jose Fermin Lake County CLE .500/.545/.800, 5 G, 10-for-20, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 4 SB
South Atlantic Eduardo Torrealba Charleston NYY .448/.467/.759, 7 G, 13-for-29, 6 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 K
New York-Penn Jaylen Ferguson Aberdeen BAL .324/.324/.730, 8 G, 12-for-37, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 SB
Northwest Will Robertson Vancouver TOR .458/.552/.875, 6 G, 11-for-24, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 5 BB, 3 K
Appalachian Luis Leon Princeton TB .429/.467/.857, 3 G, 6-for-14, 0 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Pioneer Brenton Doyle Grand Junction COL .552/.611/1.000, 8 G, 16-for-29, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 10 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 2 SB

John Parker is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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