Should You Still Be Concerned about Joe Panik’ 2016 Campaign?

Mar 23, 2017

Joe Panik
.
In 651 at bats to start his big league career, San Francisco Giants’ second baseman Joe Panik compiled 201 hits for a .309 batting average. During those 173 games he scored 90 runs, hit 37 doubles and nine home runs and drove in 55 runs. For what amounts to just about a full season, those are pretty solid numbers.
.
Last year things went south. In 127 games and 464 at bats Panik finished with 111 hits for a .239 batting average. He scored 67 runs, hit ten home runs and drove in 62 runs. Those numbers certainly put him off the fantasy radar.
.
There are some reasons to believe that he could turn it around in 2017. He suffered a concussion last year that sent him to the disabled list. He contributes that concussion and issues with his vision to his season statistically spiraling down the drain. On June 25th he was batting .259 with 45 runs, seven home runs and 36 RBI. He went on the disabled list with those concussions symptoms. When he returned he hit .215 over 57 games with 22 runs, three home runs and 26 RBI.
.
Panik has been doing eye exercises during the offseason to restore his vision. It’s obviously difficult to hit the ball when you can’t see the ball. With his eyes back in order, that should help Panik return to form.
.
Panik’s luck should also be better in 2017. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was .245 in 2016, which is a far cry from his .343 and .330 marks he had in his first two seasons. Should he bounce back, even to the .300 mark his batting average should see a nice jump.
.
Panik still isn’t a starting caliber fantasy baseball second baseman as he doesn’t offer any power or speed numbers. He should be a decent middle infield option or bench depth. Panik should help your batting average (.370 college hitter, .294 minor league hitter, .280 MLB hitter). He has hit .285 against lefties and .278 against righties so he’s fairly safe to roll out almost regardless of matchup.

. .

One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Thursday March 23, 2017 - Fantasy Baseball Links - FantasyRundown.com
    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    […] wonders if fantasy owners should still be concerned about Joe Panik‘s 2016 […]

Leave a Comment


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties