MIAMI–Giants first round draft choice Joey Bart is preparing to start his professional career.
He’ll do so shortly after signing a contract that will reward him with the largest signing bonus the Giants have ever given to a drafted player.
The slot value for the No. 2 pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft is $7,494,600, but Bart will likely receive a bonus for slightly under the slot value. The bonus is expected to be greater than the franchise-record $6.2 million catcher Buster Posey received after the Giants selected him fifth overall in 2008.
Bart posted a photo on Instagram Wednesday indicating he’ll be flying to the Giants’ facility in Arizona where all of the franchise’s draftees report. General manager Bobby Evans said Bart’s contract has not been finalized, but the two sides are close to an agreement and a deal could be completed by the end of the week.
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The Georgia Tech catcher tied six-time All-Star and 1985 Giants draft pick Will Clark as the highest-selected player in the organization’s history, as both Bart and Clark were chosen with the No. 2 overall pick in their respective drafts. Bart is just the fifth player ever drafted by the Giants in the top five overall, as the club has never held the rights to the No. 1 pick.
“He’s incredibly talented,” Evans said. “Give his college coach a lot of credit for letting him call his own game. That’s a huge amount of confidence. Joey just has this incredible drive.”
Bart will spend the immediate future in Arizona with the rest of the Giants’ draft class, but the organization hopes to send him to Salem-Keizer in Oregon, the Short-Season Class-A affiliate, this summer.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports