Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 11/1/11

Panik was named to the 2011 Rising Stars Game, it was announced Tuesday.

San Francisco Giants 2011 No. 1 draft pick Joe Panik has been named to the Arizona Fall League’s 2011 Rising Stars team, according to a tweet this afternoon from the league.

Panik, who just turned 21 on Sunday, is one of three Giants position players currently playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the AFL (shortstop Brandon Crawford and center fielder Gary Brown are the others).

The left-handed hitting Panik was drafted in June as a shortstop out of St. John’s and played there exclusively at Salem-Keizer this past summer, but has been being used at second base because the Scorpions already have Jean Segura (Angels) and Crawford splitting time at short.

Panik is hitting .231/.333/.308 with a homer and five stolen bases in the AFL and has played outstanding defense thus far at second base. He has not committed an error in 15 fall league contests.

Segura, meanwhile, was named the Rising Stars shortstop. The 21-year old is batting .320/.352/.440 with 0 HR, 8 RBI and 3 SB, while the 24-year old Crawford is batting .333/.360/.500 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 1 SB. Crafword has committed three errors to Segura’s two, so I’m really not sure why Segura got the nod, if they’re looking at stats.

Brown has struggled this fall, batting just .220/.278/.300. Giants GM Brian Sabean told Mychael Urban last week that Brown is showing signs of exhaustion after a long and productive season at Class-A San Jose.

The Rising Stars game, which will be played at Surprise Stadium and can be seen this Friday on the MLB Network, has become a staple in predicting future major league success. The 2010 game featured 24 players who went on to spend time in the big leagues in 2011. The ’09 game featured 28 players who made it to the majors the following year.

It’s doubtful that Panik will climb to the majors next year. He did have a great first season at Class-A Salem-Keizer, topping the Northwest League in batting (.341), hits (92), OPB (.401) and RBI (54) en route to winning the league’s MVP award. Panik was also named a Short-Season All-Star by Baseball America in September and took home the Northwest League’s post-season All-Star award in August. While he has been quite impressive so far, he’s still very raw and unproven.

I hope you enjoyed reading "Panik named to 2011 Rising Stars team." I'm interested in your opinion on this article. Why not leave a comment at 22gigantes.com?

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Barnes punched Fisher, was begged by child to stop

Former NFL head coach Lindy Infante passes away at 75

Dion Lewis signs two-year contract extension with Patriots

Curry: Harden’s MVP talk ‘doesn’t change what happened’

Jason Garrett addresses Greg Hardy's comments about Tom Brady's wife

Owner on Deflategate: 'Made a mountain out of a mole hill'


Lee: Celtics will turn heads, have similarities to Warriors

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Matt Hasselbeck went to E.R. with illness on Tuesday

Calipari on 2015-16 Kentucky basketball team: ‘We stink’

Reports: Andrew Luck out against Texans

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Pirates fan dresses as Steve Bartman, fails to curse Cubs

LeBron takes in-game selfie with fans in Cincinnati

MLB postseason power rankings

NHL awards predictions for the 2015-16 season

Quiz: MLB pitchers with 100+ career postseason strikeouts

Top storyline for each Week 5 NFL game

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker