Joseph Matthew Panik (born October 30, 1990) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB).
John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, New York. He went to college at St. John's University, where he played college baseball for the St. John's Red Storm baseball team, playing in the Big East Conference. Panik compiled a .398 batting average with 19 doubles, 10 home runs and 57 runs batted in (RBI) during his junior season, ranking tenth among college baseball players with a .509 on-base percentage (OBP). Panik earned All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), and Baseball America Louisville Slugger. Panik was also a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, an honor given to the nation's top shortstop. He was also a first team ABCA All-Northeast Region honoree, a first team All-Big East selection, and he won the Red Storm Most Valuable Player Award. [1 ]
Out of St. John's, the Giants drafted Panik in the first round (29th overall) of the
2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Panik made his professional debut with the [2 ] Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class-A Short Season Northwest League. He led the league with a .341 batting average, 49 runs scored, 54 RBIs and a .401 on-base percentage (OBP) for Salem-Keizer, winning the league's Most Valuable Player award. He was rated the tenth best second base prospect prior to the 2012 season [3 ] and was invited to spring training. [4 ] [3 ]
Panik made his Major League debut on June 21, 2014 pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the 8th inning and drawing a
walk against Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Matt Stites in a game the Giants won 6-4. Panik's first Major League start came the next day, June 22, 2014, when he batted seventh and played second base. In his second at-bat in that game he registered his first Major League hit, stroking a two-out single to left-center field (taking second on a fielding error) on a 1-0 fastball in the Top of the 5th from Diamondback's starting pitcher [5 ] Mike Bolsinger. He finished the game 2 for 4, picking up his first RBI on a double in the 9th in a winning 4-1 effort for the Giants. [6 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Francona & Hall Of Fame Guests Highlight Sixth Annual Baseball Bullpen Winter Banquet - ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Redstormsports.com. January 31, 2012 . Retrieved October 12, 2013.
^ John Shea (June 6, 2011). "SF Giants draft St. John's shortstop Joe Panik". Sfgate.com . Retrieved October 12, 2013.
^ a b "Top Draft picks Gary Brown, Joe Panik among Giants' non-roster Spring Training invitees | SFGiants.com: News". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. May 24, 2013 . Retrieved October 12, 2013.
^ Mayo, Jonathan. "Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com . Retrieved October 12, 2013.
^ "Giants end season-high six-game skid in win over Diamondbacks". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 21, 2014 . Retrieved June 23, 2014.
^ "Bumgarner dominates, Giants beat Diamondbacks 4-1". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 22, 2014 . Retrieved June 23, 2014.
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