Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
Fresno Grizzlies’ Second Baseman Joe Panik was recently named PCL Player of the Week. The Giants’ Number 14 Prospect, Panik has been playing in the Giants’ farm system since 2011. He was selected in the Giants’ first round of the First Year Player Draft straight out of St. John’s University.
He started playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2011 (Class-Short Season A) and quickly moved up the ranks to join the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies this season. He was originally drafted to play Short Stop, but eventually began training to play second where it is likely he will remain.
Panik holds an overall batting average of .293 in his 3 years in the Minors. He has played 375 games, seen 1478 at bats, and has 210 RBI’s along with 19 homeruns. Not to mention 15 stolen bases in his short, but very productive Minor League Career. Offensively, he has hit 69 doubles, 13 triples, and 19 homeruns. Defensively, Panik has 618 putouts and turned 243 double plays.
Aside from this, he was one of the 26 non-roster invitees to the Giants’ 2014 Spring Training. This gave Panik a taste of what it is going to be like to play in the Big Leagues.
Panik’s birth place of Yonkers, NY, is pretty far away from his new home in Fresno, CA. It will be interesting to see how far he goes in this amazing and impressive career he has already started building for himself. Keep an eye out for this kid. He could be coming to a Major League field near you.