Can the Miami Marlins "fix" this catcher?

Joey Bart
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The Miami Marlins need catching help. I wrote about an ideal but unrealistic option. An option that has been confirmed to be most likely unavailable now. Brian wrote about more realistic options, and now there's yet anothe roption that The Fish can look at. This option isn't exciting, but is just the type of a low-cost acquisition that is very low on downside and very high on upside. I'm of course talking about San Francisco Giants Minor League backstop Joey Bart.

The Miami Marlins should acquire Joey Bart from the San Francisco Giants.

Jacob Stallings has been a complete failure for the Miami Marlins. He's been worth a lowly -0.9 WAR for his last two seasons as a member of The Fish. Stallings has a career .210/.283/.277 batting line with 4 home runs and 42 RBI, in 148 games and 444 AB. It's definitely time to move on from him at this point. There's just no reason for a playoff team to have him start any games at all.

Nick Fortes has a .243/.290/.340 batting line, with 4 home runs and 15 RBI in 49 games and 144 AB this season. He's been worth 0.3 WAR this season. Throughout his career from 2021-2023, he has a .240/.303/.395 batting line, with 17 home runs and 46 RBI. Fortes hasn't been terrible like Stallings, and in fact is actually a pretty decent catcher. The problem is that he's also not that good. He has a 0.3 dWAR for the season, so at least there's that.

The San Francisco Giants recently demoted catcher Joey Bart to the Minor Leagues. He's kind of been a bust throughout his career, batting .223/.293/.342 in 26 games and 158 games and 448 AB. This season he's batted .231/.286/.295 in 26 games and 78 AB. There's no denying that he's been pretty bad. He's been worth 0.9 WAR since 2020, and has been worth -0.2 WAR this season. The important thing is that he's only 26 and could potentially still break out.

Why would he break out? He's been very good in the Minor Leagues, last season in AAA he actually hit .286/.355/.393. In 2021, he batted .294/.358/.472 in AAA. He can hit. Is it possible for him to improve at the Major League level? Maybe there's something to unlock and San Francisco are likely done with him, especially since he was drafted by the previous front office regime.

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