At the age of 20, Joesph Matthew Panik was the San Francisco Giants’ first pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He signed right away, and played on the Giants’ rookie team: Salem Keizer Volcanoes. He won the league’s Most Valuable Player award, batting .341 with 49 runs scored, 54 RBI’s and a .401 OBP. He was rated the tenth best second base prospect prior to the 2012 season.
Panik is currently the shortstop for the San Jose Giants; Class A Advanced in the California League. A left-handed batter, he bats second in the lineup for San Jose.
In 198 at-bats, Panik has 52 hits, for a .263 average with 14 doubles, one triple and 25 RBI’s.
In his last 10 games, he’s batting at a .302 clip with only three strikeouts in the 10 games.
One of the more impressive stats about Joe Panik is his strikeout to walk ratio. He has only 19 strikeouts in nearly 200 at-bats, while also collecting 27 walks. That is more than one walk per strikeout.
However, a very perculiar stat to note is that he is hitting a measley .176 in day games, while batting .280 in night games.