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Joey Bart flashing upside at catcher position

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Giants catcher Joey Bart is worth at least a roster spot due to his hard-hit rate and potential upside at fantasy baseball's shallowest position.

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- There's heavy pressure on Giants catcher, Joey Bart, as he takes over for the retired Buster Posey. Not only because Posey achieved legendary status in San Francisco on account of the three World Series titles, but also because Bart largely underwhelmed as the primary starter behind the plate in 2020, when Posey opted out due to concerns about COVID-19. Perhaps we can now flip that script.

Bart put up strong numbers in his return to AAA last year, and had a massive showing in the Cactus League this spring, posting a 364 batting average and 12 0.58 ops, with three home runs and 25 plate appearances. He then homered on opening day against the Marlins, and went deep again on April 15 at Cleveland, before falling into a bit of a slump in the season's second week. All in all, the stat line right now looks somewhat underwhelming. But Bart does rank 80th percentile or better in average exit velocity, max exit velocity, and barrel percentage. Hard hit rate, he's in the 91st percentile. The 25-year-old seems to be figuring it out, and should now be a worthwhile starting option at Fantasy baseball shallowest position.