Former St. John’s shortstop and San Francisco Giants prospect Joe Panik joined Brandon Crawford, and Gary Brown as the Scottsdale Scorpions opened play today in the Arizona Fall League (they lost to the Surprise Saguaros, 10-1). Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper is also playing with the Scorpions, which represents the Giants, Nats, Angels, Phillies and Red Sox.
The AFL plays a 38-game regular season schedule that runs through Nov. 17.
Panik was the Giants’ first round selection (and 29th overall) in the June 2011 draft.
While at Class-A Salem-Keizer this past summer, Panik earned Northwest League MVP honors by batting .341 in 69 games. He blasted six homers, three triples and 10 doubles. Aside from winning the league’s batting title, Panik also ranked first in the league with a .401 OBP, 49 runs scored, 126 total bases, and 54 RBI. He was fourth in the Northwest League with a .467 slugging percentage.
Other Giants players on the Scottsdale roster include pitchers Austin Fleet, Stephen Harrold, Daryl Maday, and Seth Rosin.