With the 2nd overall pick in the draft, the San Francisco Giants have selected catcher Joey Bart from Georgia Tech. In mock drafts, Bart was projected to go 1st by ESPN and 2nd by Baseball America.
Bart is considered the best college catcher in the draft after having an impressive junior season with the Yellow Jackets. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-handed hitter was named the ACC Player of the Year after he led the conference in batting average at .359, and ranked in the top 10 in slugging percentage (.632), hits (79), home runs (16), runs scored (55) and on-base percentage (.471). The 21-year-old was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after he posted a .992 fielding percentage, threw out 12 of 33 runners and recorded three pickoffs from behind the plate.
Bart has most of the tools to be successful at the next level. His hitting, power and plate discipline have made him into a player who can put the ball all over the field. Though his speed is below average, Bart is an excellent defensive presence behind the plate, with his arm being above average and his fielding on the cusp of being rated the same. He should be an excellent commodity for the Giants.
Get a look at Bart at the plate here: