|Report Date:||February 26th, 2018|
Bart has been a presence in the middle of Georgia Tech’s lineup to start the season, slashing .393/.500/.750 with three home runs across his first 28 at-bats. He’s shown the power and bat speed that make him a top prospect for the 2018 MLB Draft, though his swing-happy approach and strikeout issues have also shown up even against the marginal competition that major programs face before conference play begins.
A well-proportioned, physical 6’3’’ and 225 pounds, Bart passes the eye test and has the durability to handle the pro grind at catcher. He hits from a square base, standing upright with medium height to his handset. A small, quiet leg-lift trigger starts the swing, though a propensity to drift too far to his front side contributes to iffy pitch recognition. He whips the bat through the zone with strength and plus natural leverage, generating plus raw power that plays to all fields in game situations. Scouts feel that Bart’s power is for real and will play at the next level, even if it is always accompanied with lower batting averages. A free swinger, he will often chase off-speed pitches and pull off soft stuff on the outer-third of the plate. Bart has come a long way defensively since his freshman year, now looking like a safe bet to remain at the position as a pro. He sets low targets for pitchers, able to receive and block quietly to both sides for a large-bodied catcher. His release is compact, consistently showing pop times in the 1.85-to-1.90 range with solid carry and accuracy.
A power-hitting catcher who will remain at the position, Bart is seen by many as the early-season favorite to be the first catcher off the board in June. His ceiling is that of an everyday catcher at the big league level with solid catch and throw tools, 15-to-20 home run power, and a healthy dose of strikeouts.