Joe Panik | 2B, 23 yo, 6-1, 190, BL, TR | 2011 Draft – 1 (29) | (AA) 137 G, 599 PA, .257/.333/.347, .680 OPS, 4 HR, 10 SB, 5 CS, 58 BB, 68 K
Panik, like fellow 1st round pick Gary Brown before him, had somewhat of a down season in AA this year. Here’s the reality though: very few hitters excel in the Eastern League, and the rest just have to trudge through it. Personally, I think Panik did just that. He’ll be in Fresno next year, and he’s still got every opportunity to take the 2B job when Marco Scutaro’s contract is up. He probably won’t ever hit for power, but his plate approach has been above average at every level so far… I think that trend will continue. Just my personal opinion, but I think the “utility” label on Panik is a bit rushed at this point. He’s only 23 and headed to MLB spring training. Don’t count this kid out.
They said it: “I still like him…He walks as much as he strikes out and you can’t fake that, no matter what level pitching you’re facing. He might not be a star…But I wouldn’t rule out a career like Scutaro or Freddy Sanchez.” ~ Andrew Baggarly