For the second straight season, Joe 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.
Panik agreed to a one-year, $3.45 million deal with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This was his first year as an arbitration-eligible player, and Panik's consistency in the field and in the batting average department (.282 career average) served him well. He should serve as the Giants' everyday second baseman this season, and could hit relatively high in the order, which makes him a worthwhile late-round option in deeper leagues.
Panik went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a pair of runs scored in an 8-0 win over San Diego on Friday. Panik has been on fire during in September, slashing .393/.436/.536 in 23 games, raising his batting average 20 points in the process (.290). The 26-year-old has only delivered one home run during his hot streak, highlighting the one aspect of his game (power) that is holding him back from being a more appealing fantasy option.
Panik (elbow) is back in the lineup for Monday's game against Diamondbacks, playing second base and batting second, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Panik is back in action after sitting out Sunday's contest with a sore right elbow. The 26-year-old, who is hitting an impressive .406/.461/.565 in 19 games this month, will face Zack Godley in his return to the lineup.
Panik -- who is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers -- is dealing with a sore right elbow, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Panik was struck on his right elbow during an at-bat in Saturday's contest and was subsequently withheld from the starting lineup Sunday. He's dealing with lingering soreness. We'll have to wait and see if he's able to suit up for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Panik is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Panik has been on a tear during the month of September -- slashing .406/.461/.565 over 69 at-bats -- but he'll be given a well-earned day off against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. The second baseman should be back in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.