The San Francisco Giants could see the major-league debuts of two of their top prospects in 2020 with the duo of Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos.
The San Francisco Giants likely don’t have much to look forward to in 2020. But even though the present may seem a little bleak and uninspiring, the future looks brighter than it has in years.
The Giants have a number of young prospects currently rising through the ranks of the minor leagues. But while some may make their MLB debuts in 2020, the vast majority of their future will reside in the minors for at least another season.
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We’re talking about prospects like Marco Luciano, Seth Corry, and even the recently-acquired Will Wilson. But when thinking of San Francisco Giants prospects, those aren’t the three that typically come to mind.
Without a doubt, the two Giants minor-leaguers with the most hype around them are Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos. Both were listed among the MLB’s top-50 prospects going into 2019 and the duo will surely continue to rise once the 2020 rankings are revealed.
Bart spent last season split between High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond and the young backstop excelled as he climbed the ranks. In 22 games with Richmond, Bart slashed .316/.368/.544 while totaling four home runs and 11 RBI.
And Bart was tearing it up earlier in the Arizona Fall League before fracturing his thumb on a hit by pitch. In 10 games, Bart slashed .333/.524/.767 while again finishing with four home runs and 10 RBI.
The 23-year-old appears ready for the majors or at least a promotion to Triple-A — both of which are likely in 2020.
Bart will likely begin the season in Triple-A and, barring any setbacks, could be expected in the majors around midseason — maybe in June or July. That is unless an injury forces the Giants to rethink their plans.
Ramos, on the other hand, is a bit less polished.
The talented outfielder won’t turn 21-years-old until September and conversely struggled when given the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League. Ramos hit just .185 in 17 games and finished with a whopping 23 strikeouts as compared to only 12 hits.
His numbers in San Jose, however, were far more encouraging as his impressive showing also earned him a midseason call-up to Double-A Richmond.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has indicated that he would like Ramos to join Bart in Triple-A to start the year but a major-league promotion is far less likely for the former.
In all likelihood, we could see Ramos in 2020 as a September call-up provided he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
We could very well see both Bart and Ramos make their MLB debuts in 2020, but one is far more likely to have an instant impact. And that’s to be expected given their age and experience levels.
The future looks bright in San Francisco, and the Giants will likely get a glimpse of that future in 2020.