Joe Panik

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Joe Panik
Joe Panik on April 4, 2013.jpg
San Francisco Giants – No. 12
Second baseman
Born: (1990-10-30) October 30, 1990 (age 24)
Yonkers, New York
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 2014 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .305
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 18
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Matthew Panik (born October 30, 1990) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early career[edit]

Panik attended 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 played the first game at CitiField in a pre-season game between St. John's University and Georgetown on March 29, 2009. Panik earned All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Baseball America and 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]

Minor leagues[edit]

Out of St. John's, the Giants drafted Panik in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] Panik made his professional debut with the 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.[3] He was rated the tenth best second base prospect prior to the 2012 season[4] and was invited to spring training.[3] Panik spent the 2012 season with the Single-A San Jose Giants, batting .297 with 27 doubles, seven home runs, and 76 RBIs in 130 games.[5] In 2013, Panik was promoted to the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, where he was moved to second base and recorded a .333 on-base percentage and 27 doubles, four triples, four homers.[6] In 2014, Panik started the season in Triple-A Fresno, where he hit .321, with five home runs, 45 RBIs, and 50 runs scored in 74 games.[7]

Major League career[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] Panik hit his first Major League home run on August 22, 2014 against Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals. It was a 3-run home run (one of Panik's 4 hits that night), which gave the Giants the lead in a game they eventually won 10-3.[10]

On October 16, 2014, in the 2014 National League Championship Series, Panik hit a two-run home run in Game 5 to help lead the Giants to an eventual 6-3 victory over the Cardinals to advance to the 2014 World Series against the Royals.[11]

On October 29, 2014 in game 7 of the World Series, the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win the series. In the bottom of the third inning with a runner on first, Panik made a diving stop on a ball up the middle and flipped the ball with his glove to shortstop Brandon Crawford to get the lead runner out. Crawford then threw to first to try and get a sliding Eric Hosmer out. Initially, Hosmer was called safe on the play but after a three minute replay review, the call was overturned for the 4-6-3 double play. It was the first ever overturned call in the World Series since the replay review system was implemented and the double play was regarded as one of the most spectacular plays in World Series history. The MVP of the series was Madison Bumgarner.

Panik was praised for his calm and collected play during the 2014 postseason, the biggest stage in baseball, atypical of a young rookie.

Personal life[edit]

Panik has participated in a baseball clinic hosted by Matt Barnes at the Newtown, Connecticut, Youth Academy for elementary school students in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[12]


  1. ^ "Francona & Hall Of Fame Guests Highlight Sixth Annual Baseball Bullpen Winter Banquet - ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". January 31, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ John Shea (June 6, 2011). "SF Giants draft St. John's shortstop Joe Panik". Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Top Draft picks Gary Brown, Joe Panik among Giants' non-roster Spring Training invitees | News". May 24, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mayo, Jonathan. "Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen | News". Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ritzo, Joe (October 16, 2014). "A Look Back: When They Were San Jose Giants". MLB Advanced Media. 
  6. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (September 4, 2014). "Giants' Joe Panik's quick rise from prospect to rising star". San Jose Mercury News. 
  7. ^ "Giants call up top prospect Joe Panik". Associated Press. June 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Giants end season-high six-game skid in win over Diamondbacks". Associated Press. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bumgarner dominates, Giants beat Diamondbacks 4-1". Associated Press. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Haft, Chris (August 23, 2014). "Panik's huge night helps Giants halt Nats' surge". 
  11. ^ Haft, Chris (October 17, 2014). "Giants among men: SF walks off to win NL pennant". 
  12. ^ Healey, Tim (December 1, 2014). "Barnes' baseball clinic benefits Newtown youth: Red Sox prospect started the event following Sandy Hook tragedy". Retrieved December 1, 2014. 

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