Joe Panik hitting before Pablo Sandoval in San Jose on August 10, 2012. Photo by Denise Walos.
The Giants called up Joe Panik yesterday who arrived in Arizona in time for the game against the Diamondbacks last night. In his first major league pinch hit at bat (for Jean Machi), 23-year old Panik was issued a walk in the eighth inning. He is in the starting lineup today against Arizona, batting seventh.
The Fresno Grizzlies and other minor league players were beyond excited for Panik last night.
In 293 AB for Fresno in 2014, Panik has been batting an impressive .321 with a .382 on base percentage. Here is the breakdown of his 94 hits this season in Triple-A: triples: 4, doubles: 14, HR: 5, RBI: 45. We’re all hoping he’s the answer for the Giants’ issue at second base this season since the decline of Brandon Hicks.
I’ve watched Panik since his debut in San Jose, and what I’ve seen over the last three seasons has been impressive. I think everyone is hoping this translates over to the big leagues.
Panik was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (29th overall) in the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from St. John’s University. Check out the feature Erin Wild posted in May about Panik for more stats and info.