Ah – early February. It’s that time of year when team roadies pack up the hundred’s upon hundred’s of equipment bags destined for Florida or Arizona, that time of the year where baseball wives pack up the belongings and when everybody that covers baseball releases their top prospect lists.
Yesterday we looked at the much beloved Keith Law and his top 100, today we look at MLB.com Jon Star’s top 20 prospects within the Giants organization:
"Joe Panik is another first-round bat opening eyes within the Giants’ front office. The Giants’ top choice in ’11 has yet to draw widespread attention and admiration like Brown, but Evans believes the second baseman is worthy of being included at the highest level during Spring Training.“He had a full half season of baseball when he could have easily taken time off. It’s a strong message and part of why he will be looked at in Major League camp this spring. He went out and earned it,” Evans said of Panik, who hit .341 with six home runs, 54 RBIs and 13 stolen bases with short-season Class A Salem-Keizer and later hit .323 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in the Arizona Fall League.“He earned an opportunity. We didn’t fast track in the Minor Leagues season, but we did in AFL, and he showed he can compete at that level. He’s a go-getter and has tremendous bat control and we like his defensive skills. He’s come quickly as well.”"
You can see Star’s full top 20 list by clicking here.