Joe Panik
Joe Panik
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the second straight season, Panik lost time due to a concussion, but he avoided injuries otherwise and bounced back from a disappointing 2016 campaign despite having a light-hitting lineup around him. He continues to show a great eye at the plate, maintaining a strikeout rate below 10 percent for the third time in four seasons, and continuing to draw walks at a nice clip (8.0 percent). Most of the improvement last season came with a BABIP (.301) that was nearly in lockstep with his career mark (.299) as his line-drive rate recovered from a one-year drop. Panik doesn't offer much pop or speed, but he's a career .282 hitter with an opportunity to hit near the top of the order in San Francisco. If the Giants find help for their disappointing offense during the offseason, the counting stats could improve and make him a useful middle-infield filler, but the aforementioned limited contributions in homers and steals will leave Panik as a player best utilized in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $3.45 million deal with the Giants in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
On bench vs. lefty
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 18, 2018
Panik is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Panik is hitting .474/.524/.474 with a pair of stolen bases over his past five starts, but he'll hit the bench with a lefty in Joey Lucchesi starting for the opposition. In his place, Chase d'Arnaud is starting at the keystone and hitting second.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+47%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .607 429 32 3 30 4 .240 .302 .305
Since 2016vs Right .752 1031 131 21 105 9 .269 .334 .417
2018vs Left .478 107 6 2 3 1 .182 .236 .242
2018vs Right .703 254 30 2 17 3 .277 .331 .372
2017vs Left .697 175 11 1 13 2 .290 .349 .348
2017vs Right .799 398 49 9 40 2 .287 .347 .452
2016vs Left .595 147 15 0 14 1 .226 .295 .301
2016vs Right .734 379 52 10 48 4 .245 .324 .411
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .685 714 90 4 57 8 .258 .326 .359
Since 2016Away .731 746 73 20 78 5 .263 .323 .407
2018Home .693 176 25 1 11 3 .269 .341 .353
2018Away .582 185 11 3 9 1 .230 .266 .316
2017Home .636 260 24 0 17 1 .249 .310 .326
2017Away .878 313 36 10 36 3 .320 .378 .500
2016Home .726 278 41 3 29 4 .260 .332 .394
2016Away .659 248 26 7 33 1 .216 .297 .362
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Stat Review
How does Joe Panik compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.83
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
8.0%
 
BABIP
.264
 
ISO
.082
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.333
 
OPS
.639
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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At first glance it appears that Panik took a huge step back in 2016. His batting average -- considered his greatest asset -- took a dive from .312 in 2015 to .238 last season. Luck played a big role in the steep decline, as his .245 BABIP was nearly 100 points lower than the .343 and .330 marks he had in his rookie and sophomore campaigns respectively. A midseason concussion from a fastball to the head cost Panik a month of playing time, and it took him some time to get comfortable at the plate even after returning from the disabled list. It's encouraging that Panik's 90.0 percent contact rate was right in line with his career marks, and he continued to spray the ball to all fields. His .140 isolated power keeps him in the 30-double and 10- to 15-homer range over the course of a full season. Assuming his BABIP returns to .300-plus range, we could see a bounceback season from Panik in 2017.
Panik put himself on the map with his solid rookie campaign, but he kicked things up a notch in his sophomore season. He had a tremendous first half, hitting .308 and connecting on seven home runs while earning his first All-Star appearance. Things took a turn for the worse when he injured his back in July, effectively ending his season. Still, he showed enough in two-thirds of the season to become fantasy factor at second base. Panik saw his walks increase, his strikeouts decrease and his power round into form (.144 ISO, .455 SLG). With an offseason of rest, Panik should be back on the Giants' Opening Day roster, manning second and batting second while looking to build on his strong 2015.
Panik made the most of his first opportunity in the big leagues, hitting .305/.343/.368 over 287 plate appearances. Batting average was the only category in which he helped fantasy owners, but it was a mark more than 50 points above the league average. His defense will keep him in the field because it is quite strong, but his offensive value will always be capped at three categories. He can hit for average, run a bit and showed enough plate discipline to hit in the second spot of the lineup to help score runs down the line. He has a career line of .296/.365/.403 in the minor leagues, and the 2011 first-round pick looks like a lock to make the 25-man roster, making him a nice endgame target in NL-only leagues.
Panik, San Francisco's 2011 first-round draft pick (29th overall), put up a solid season High-A producing a .297/.368/.402 slash line with seven home runs in 605 plate appearances. His offense took a step back considering his 2011 season in Low-A, which is attributed to a drop in BABIP. Panik does not have much power (.105 ISO), but he has shown a good eye at the plate (9.6 percent walk rate) and only had an 8.9 percent strikeout rate in 2012. Most scouts see him as a future second baseman because of his lack of arm strength and speed.
Panik was taken with the 29th pick of the 2011 draft and he posted a .341/.401/.467 line over 270 at-bats as a 20-year-old in Low-A after joining the Giants organization. He's a long ways from making an impact at the major league level, but held his own during a stint against advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League (.323/.394/.473), although it's unclear if he's more of a utility guy or a possible regular down the road.
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Heating up
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 17, 2018
Panik went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's loss to Colorado.
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Slaps three singles
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 13, 2018
Panik led off and went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Braves.
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Remains on bench
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 11, 2018
Panik is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Takes seat vs. lefty
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 10, 2018
Panik is not in the lineup Monday against the Braves, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Out of lineup Saturday
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 8, 2018
Panik is on the bench Saturday against the Brewers.
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