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Giants release former top catching prospect Joey Bart

Apr 1, 2024, 7:02 AM | Updated: 9:00 am

Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres swings and hits the facemask of Joey Bart #21 of the...

Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres swings and hits the facemask of Joey Bart #21 of the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of game two for the MLB World Tour Mexico City Series at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium on April 30, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants designated former top catching prospect Joey Bart for assignment on Sunday.

Bart, 27, was the No. 2 pick of the 2018 draft and was expected to be the heir to Buster Posey behind the plate.

However, Joey Bart didn’t pan out, playing just 162 games over four seasons and hitting .219 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs. In 457 at-bats, he struck out 178 times.

The move allowed the Giants to select right-hander Daulton Jefferies’ contract from Triple-A Sacramento before Sunday’s game. Jefferies, 28, took the loss, surrendering nine runs (five earned) in two innings as the Giants were routed 13-4 by the host San Diego Padres. It was his first major league appearance in nearly two years.

The Giants have two catchers, Patrick Bailey and Tom Murphy, on their roster.

What is the San Francisco Giants upcoming schedule?

  • Monday, April 1st-Wednesday, April 3rd – @ Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Friday, April 5th-Sunday, April 7th – vs. San Diego Padres
  • Monday, April 8th-Wednesday, April 10th – vs. Washington Nationals
  • Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14th – @ Tampa Bay Rays

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