Joey Bart

Joey Bart

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Bart had what amounted to a lost season in 2023 when he really couldn't afford one. The former top prospect lasted just one game before going on the injured list with a back issue and then made another trip to the IL in May with a groin strain. Bart was returned to Triple-A Sacramento once recovered and didn't make it back to the big leagues until September (and even then it was just for a brief four-game stint). The 27-year-old managed just a .528 OPS in his 95 plate appearances with the Giants and a .750 OPS with only six homers at Sacramento didn't inspire much confidence, either. A change of scenery might be in order for Bart after the Giants added Tom Murphy to pair with Patrick Bailey. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March of 2024. Traded to the Pirates in April of 2024.
Launches grand slam Thursday
CPittsburgh Pirates
May 23, 2024
Bart went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Bart made quite an impression on his former team, launching a 434-foot grand slam off Mason Black in the fourth inning to put the Pirates ahead 5-1. The 27-year-old Bart's been hot of late, going 9-for-23 (.391) with three extra-base hits in his last seven games on the heels of an 0-for-14 stretch. Overall, he's slashing .267/.362/.517 with four homers, 12 RBI and seven runs scored across 21 games. With Yasmani Grandal nursing a groin injury, Bart could be in line for a regular starting role in the short term.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
1
6
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .603 167 14 6 14 1 .203 .263 .340
Since 2022vs Right .700 288 36 9 28 1 .231 .319 .380
2024vs Left .749 21 0 0 0 0 .316 .381 .368
2024vs Right .940 48 7 4 12 0 .244 .354 .585
2023vs Left .457 50 4 0 1 0 .196 .240 .217
2023vs Right .606 45 5 0 4 0 .220 .289 .317
2022vs Left .648 96 10 6 13 1 .182 .250 .398
2022vs Right .665 195 24 5 12 1 .231 .318 .347
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .731 236 31 9 25 0 .244 .318 .413
Since 2022Away .591 219 19 6 17 2 .195 .279 .313
2024Home .933 47 6 3 11 0 .286 .362 .571
2024Away .753 22 1 1 1 0 .222 .364 .389
2023Home .476 52 5 0 2 0 .184 .231 .245
2023Away .592 43 4 0 3 0 .237 .302 .289
2022Home .762 137 20 6 12 0 .254 .336 .426
2022Away .569 154 14 5 13 2 .180 .260 .309
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Stat Review
How does Joey Bart compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
11.6%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.324
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.267
 
OBP
.362
 
SLG
.517
 
OPS
.879
 
wOBA
.383
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.8%
 
Expected BA
.237
 
Expected SLG
.468
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
56.1%
 
Line Drive %
17.1%
 
Fly Ball %
26.8%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Extended look in Pittsburgh?
CPittsburgh Pirates
April 3, 2024
Manager Derek Shelton said Wednesday that Yasmani Grandal is still "a ways away" from returning from his foot injury, per Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which sets up Bart to serve as the backup to starting catcher Henry Davis for the foreseeable future.
ANALYSIS
Grandal was expected to begin the season as Pittsburgh's primary catcher but has been laid up by plantar fasciitis, leaving Davis to take the job. Bart is now set to fill the backup role after being designated for assignment by the Giants and traded to the Pirates, and it appears he'll have a lengthy trial run to showcase himself.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The retirement of Buster Posey opened the path to a starting role for Bart, but the young catcher was unable to take advantage and had a .215/.296/.364 slash line with 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 97 games. He had a 38.5 percent strikeout rate but made strides defensively and was above average behind the plate. Barring a standout performance in spring training, Bart figures to open 2023 splitting catching duties with Roberto Perez (who signed with the Giants in January), and he'll need to significantly cut down on the strikeouts to have any real chance of maintaining an everyday spot in the lineup.
With Buster Posey retiring, Bart's path to big-league at-bats has never been clearer. However, he has a 31.6 K% and 6.1 BB% in 396 plate appearances between Triple-A and the majors, and he is entering his age-25 season. Even for a catcher, those plate skills are pretty poor, and Bart projects as a batting average drain in the short term. He has plus raw power and hit 10 home runs in 67 games at Triple-A last year, but he still hasn't hit a long ball in 35 MLB games. Bart improved as a defender last year and will compete with another strong defender in Curt Casali for playing time, barring a post-lockout acquisition of a better option.
Bart was in way over his head last season, as he was not only making a huge jump in terms of the quality of pitching he was trying to hit, but he was learning to be a big-league catcher without much of a support system. Buster Posey opted out of the season, so there wasn't a vet for him to lean on. Bart only had 22 games under his belt at Double-A, so he shouldn't have been expected to excel on offense, even under the best of circumstances. He hit the ball hard 48.4 percent of the time, per Statcast, but every other aspect of his offensive debut was poor. He has plus raw that should manifest much more in games this season, even if it might be a couple years before he hits for a solid batting average. The trouble with betting on a post-hype breakout in redraft leagues is that he could very well open the year at Triple-A to continue honing his craft on both sides of the ball.
Bart, who is a plus defensive catcher, is a better real-life prospect than a fantasy one, but his 60-grade game power certainly makes him appealing for fantasy purposes as well. He performed better the higher he climbed, slashing .314/.411/.581 with a 12.1 BB% and 21.8 K% in 31 games at Double-A and the Arizona Fall League after logging a 116 wRC+ as a 22-year-old in the Cal League. Bart's line drive rate has been below average and his 30.0 Hard% was not great, given his age/level, but he uses the whole field and has not struck out so much that he would project to hit for a harmful batting average in the majors. Hand and thumb injuries limited him to 89 games, but the No. 2 overall pick from 2018 accomplished enough in his first full season that he should open the year at Triple-A. Buster Posey and Brandon Belt are under contract through 2021, but Bart should still debut sometime this summer.
Track down any trustworthy pre-draft scouting report on Bart, who went second overall last year to the Giants ($7.025 million bonus), and phrases like "fringe-average hit tool" or "power-over-hit" will pop up. The power was on full display in pro ball (13 HR in 228 PA), but he also hit .294 with a 20.6 K%. So, either every trusted evaluator was wrong about his ability to hit for a high average, or a high-pedigree 21-year-old hitter feasted on low-level pitchers in a small sample. It is likely the latter, as he barely walked (5.7 BB%) and over 50% of his hits went to the pull side. Even so, a high-end defensive catcher with 30-homer pop whose playing time will never be at risk only needs to hit .235 to be a perennial top-five fantasy catcher. Case in point: Salvador Perez hit .235 with 27 home runs last year and finished tied for third in earned auction dollars at the position. That seems like a median outcome for Bart, and there is a chance he blows past that.
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On bench in second straight
CPittsburgh Pirates
May 5, 2024
Bart is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
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Gets breather Wednesday
CPittsburgh Pirates
May 1, 2024
Bart is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.
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Blasts three-run shot
CPittsburgh Pirates
April 26, 2024
Bart went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Brewers while also drawing a walk.
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Poaching starts from Henry Davis
CPittsburgh Pirates
April 25, 2024
Bart will start at catcher and bat cleanup Thursday against the Brewers.
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Returns to lineup Saturday
CPittsburgh Pirates
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April 20, 2024
Bart (head) is starting at catcher and batting fifth in Saturday's game against the Red Sox.
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