12:30 p.m.: Wynns is indeed selected on the 40-man roster, MLBTR has learned.
11:40 a.m.: The Giants announced on Wednesday that they have opted for the receiver Joey Bart at Triple-A Sacramento. They also acquired a receiver austin wynn from the Phillies organization in exchange for left-hander Michel Plassmeyer and money, according to the announcements of the two teams.
Wynns was not on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, and the Giants have yet to indicate he will be selected to their own 40-man roster. Curt Casali is now the only catcher on San Francisco’s major league roster, so they’ll either have to make a move to officially select Wynns’ contract or call another catcher from their minor league system. Michel Papiersky is the only other receiver on the Giants’ 40-man roster.
The decision to go with Bart follows protracted offensive struggles for the former No. 2 draft pick. Bart, now 25, has had a brisk start to the season, going 6-for-18 with a pair of home runs and four walks in his first six games, but he fell into a terrible slump. Over his last 30 games (including 24 starts), Bart is just 0.111/0.256/0.194 with a staggering 45.3% strikeout rate.
Considering the extent of these struggles, it’s no big surprise to see Bart fired. The Giants are hoping a return trip to Sacramento can prove to be the catalyst for a turnaround. Bart has long been ranked not only as one of the Giants’ top prospects, but also as one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi was quick to express his confidence in Bart’s long-term prospects. Zaidi tells Susan Slusser the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter link) that the Giants “still think Joey is an everyday catcher,” but thought it prudent to give him “a bit of a reset” after such a tough stretch at home plate.
Bart entered the season with 112 days of Major League service time, meaning he needed an additional 60 days on either the active roster or the big league injured roster to reach a full year of service. and stay on his same officiating (after 2024) and free agency (after 2027). He’s already racked up 62 days, so even if he were to stay in the minors for the rest of the season, he still has plenty of time to move into that plus-one service bracket.
As for Wynns, 31, he will give the Giants an experienced backup option. Wynns, the Orioles’ 10th-round pick in 2013, spent three major league seasons with the O’s, batting .216/.255/.326 in 331 plate appearances. He threw 32% of base steal attempts during his big league career, and although his framing ratings were below average, he was solid in terms of blocking balls in the dirt, according to Baseball. Prospectus.
Wynns signed a minor league contract with the Phillies over the winter and opened the season with their Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. Despite his lackluster big league numbers and pedestrian Triple-A record, he’s been one of the best hitters in the International Triple-A League so far, hitting a ridiculous .365/.504/ clip. 500. Wynns has homered three, five doubles and tied in just under 21% of his 134 plate appearances so far. That’s not a huge sample of playing time, but it’s hard not to be impressed with a player reaching base at over 50% clip over a span of 33 games.
Obviously, Wynns can’t be expected to maintain that pace, but he can’t do much else to earn himself a major league promotion. It probably wasn’t going to happen in Philadelphia, where JT Realmuto is entrenched as a primary receiver, but Wynns has a clearer path to play for the Giants, although Casali is likely to function as the starter in the future.
In exchange for Wynns, the Phillies will get Plassmeyer, 25, back — a 2018 fourth-rounder (Mariners) who went to the Rays as part of the Mike Zunino trade and has since gone to the Giants in exchange for the right matt wisler. Plassmeyer opened the 2022 season with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate and was hit hard, recording a 7.38 ERA in 46 1/3 innings. He’s been extremely homer-prone this year in that hitter-friendly setting (2.91 HR/9) and has walked an uncharacteristically 11.3 percent of his opponents.
Heading into the 2022 season, Plassmeyer looked like a top minors strike pitcher who could be on his way to the big leagues. FanGraphs’ Kevin Goldstein and Eric Longenhagen ranked him near the back of their top 39 prospects in the Giants’ system this winter, noting that the 6’2″ southpaw has an average shift and a breaking ball to go along with a drive. exceptional. The lack of a real plus offer and an 89-91 mph pedestrian fastball give Plassmeyer a prospect of returning from the rotation, but if the Phils can get his order back on track once more, he could be a depth option in the near future.