Joey Bart is expected to start the 2019 season in Advanced Single-A, but in spring training, the Giants' top prospect will be with the big league club.
The No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft was one of 18 non-roster invitees to Giants big league camp. He should see plenty of action, but the best lessons for the 22-year-old could come outside of game action.
"There's a whole culture about baseball that you have to learn," Mike Krukow said Thursday on KNBR. "It's more than just learning how to hit and throw and catch. You've gotta learn how to deal with the press. Learn where the good restaurants are in Scottsdale. It's all part of the education."
Speaking of education, Bart will spend every moment he can next to Buster Posey in the desert. From picking his brain to watching the way he goes about his business, the young catcher will try to soak in as much knowledge as possible from the man the Giants hope he one dauy replaces.
Every year, Madison Bumgarner always throws at least one bullpen with a young catcher, and it's a guarantee he'll get behind the dish at least once for the ace.
"For a guy who has that much promise, I think it's invaluable," Krukow said.
Bart's first taste of big league camp will be both a learning experience and a showcase for his potential. As Posey recovers from hip surgery, and no other established big league catcher on the roster, the prospect can take full advantage of his opportunity.