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.

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