With the San Francisco Giants’ purchasing the contract of minor league second baseman Joe Panik Saturday afternoon, they certainly made a statement. The statement was that they aren’t happy with the second base production.
The Giants have had one of the worst, if not the worst, second base production in the league with Brandon Hicks batting .172 and Ehire Adrianza batting .208 and showing very little power. It was obvious the Giants needed to make a move in an attempt to help out their poor second base production.
Is Panik the answer? Who knows? But who cares. He can’t be any worse than what the Giants have currently, which is the whole point of calling him up. The team is in the midst of a 6 game losing streak and a 1-9 stretch. It was apparent that a change needed to happen, and Panik could potentially be the spark plug that the Giants need.
Hopefully the Giants give Panik an opportunity to play as that’s the only way to figure out if he is big league ready or not. If he performs than the Giants have their second baseman for the rest of season.Once Marco Scutaro comes back as a utility infielder, the Giants could release Hicks as he hasn’t done anything since his early power surge which included 8 homers in the first months of the season. If Panik doesn’t perform than the Giants could put together a trade package for a new second baseman.
Panik won’t be playing tonight but could potentially come in as a pinch hitter. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Panik will start in tomorrow’s game against the Diamondbacks. He will get an opportunity to showcase his skills as he will get consistent playing time, according to the Giants manager.