Joe Panik

Joe Panik

30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Miami Marlins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A 2011 first-round draft pick, Panik landed in Toronto/Buffalo on a minor-league deal and ended up playing a lot more than expected to help cover injuries. The glove-first second baseman turned in a surprising walk rate on the season while also striking out more than he had ever done in his career, without anything to show for it. Normally, when a guy doubles his strikeout rate, he is selling out for power, but Panik's slugging percentage dropped 36 points from 2019. Panik is the type of player you pick up in a single-league format when your fringe middle infielder gets demoted or hurt and you need a warm body in the spot. In standard leagues, you're almost better with the dead spot in your lineup than if Panik is playing every day. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#599
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays in February of 2021. Traded to the Marlins in June of 2021.
DFA'd by Miami
2BMiami Marlins  AAA
October 1, 2021
Panik was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Panik didn't travel with the team back to Miami since his wife is due to give birth, and the Marlins opted to remove him from the 40-man roster rather than move him to the paternity list. The veteran infielder struggled in 95 games between Toronto and Miami this season with a .208/.266/.284 slash line, all of which are career lows.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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2
17
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#4
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5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+61%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .660 207 17 1 13 1 .244 .341 .318
Since 2019vs Right .615 667 66 8 51 5 .230 .296 .319
2021vs Left .371 57 4 0 0 0 .102 .228 .143
2021vs Right .597 200 13 3 18 2 .235 .276 .321
2020vs Left .829 35 4 0 3 0 .333 .429 .400
2020vs Right .628 91 12 1 4 0 .208 .330 .299
2019vs Left .753 115 9 1 10 1 .289 .372 .381
2019vs Right .620 376 41 4 29 3 .232 .298 .323
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+40%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .577 413 37 2 27 3 .213 .297 .280
Since 2019Away .659 474 48 7 37 3 .246 .313 .346
2021Home .452 119 5 1 11 1 .157 .220 .231
2021Away .632 138 12 2 7 1 .250 .304 .328
2020Home .601 64 8 0 0 0 .218 .328 .273
2020Away .693 75 10 1 7 0 .238 .360 .333
2019Home .636 230 24 1 16 2 .242 .328 .308
2019Away .662 261 26 4 23 2 .246 .304 .358
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Stat Review
How does Joe Panik compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
6.6%
 
K Rate
13.2%
 
BABIP
.230
 
ISO
.076
 
AVG
.208
 
OBP
.266
 
SLG
.284
 
OPS
.550
 
wOBA
.248
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.5%
 
Barrels/PA
1.2%
 
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Despite registering almost as many walks (36) as strikeouts (38), Panik hit only .235/.310/.317 with the Giants last season before being DFA'd and subsequently released in early August. He was quickly scooped up by the Mets on a big-league contract, and the results improved down the stretch. In 103 PA with New York, Panik hit .277/.333/.404, good for a 99 wRC+ -- so about league average. It wasn't enough for the Mets to want to keep him around, however, as they outrighted Panik and he opted for free agency. While limited defensively to second base, Panik remains a net positive there as he enters his age-29 season. His abilities in the field and bat-to-ball skills (career 9.4 K%) should earn Panik a spot on an Opening Day roster, but it may very well be as a backup/part-time player. Without regular at-bats, Panik's not viable at all in a mixed league. Even with them, he's borderline.
Through five games, Panik had three homers and it looked like perhaps it was necessary to adjust baseline expectations. As fate would have it, Panik managed just one more long ball the rest of the season. A sprained left thumb knocked Panik out of action for more than a month and he later missed a three-week stretch with a groin strain. When on the field, Panik was largely the same player he's always been from a plate-skill standpoint as he finished with an ultra-low K-rate (7.7%) alongside a middling walk rate (6.6%). After that first week, the power was non-existent, even the gap power. His .332 SLG was a career low, and with Panik's BABIP sinking to .265, his average also plummeted. He should be back as the primary second baseman in San Francisco barring a trade, but the total package here is entirely underwhelming.
For the second straight season, 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.
At first glance it appears that Panik took a huge step back in 2016. His batting average -- considered his greatest asset -- took a dive from .312 in 2015 to .238 last season. Luck played a big role in the steep decline, as his .245 BABIP was nearly 100 points lower than the .343 and .330 marks he had in his rookie and sophomore campaigns respectively. A midseason concussion from a fastball to the head cost Panik a month of playing time, and it took him some time to get comfortable at the plate even after returning from the disabled list. It's encouraging that Panik's 90.0 percent contact rate was right in line with his career marks, and he continued to spray the ball to all fields. His .140 isolated power keeps him in the 30-double and 10- to 15-homer range over the course of a full season. Assuming his BABIP returns to .300-plus range, we could see a bounceback season from Panik in 2017.
Panik put himself on the map with his solid rookie campaign, but he kicked things up a notch in his sophomore season. He had a tremendous first half, hitting .308 and connecting on seven home runs while earning his first All-Star appearance. Things took a turn for the worse when he injured his back in July, effectively ending his season. Still, he showed enough in two-thirds of the season to become fantasy factor at second base. Panik saw his walks increase, his strikeouts decrease and his power round into form (.144 ISO, .455 SLG). With an offseason of rest, Panik should be back on the Giants' Opening Day roster, manning second and batting second while looking to build on his strong 2015.
Panik made the most of his first opportunity in the big leagues, hitting .305/.343/.368 over 287 plate appearances. Batting average was the only category in which he helped fantasy owners, but it was a mark more than 50 points above the league average. His defense will keep him in the field because it is quite strong, but his offensive value will always be capped at three categories. He can hit for average, run a bit and showed enough plate discipline to hit in the second spot of the lineup to help score runs down the line. He has a career line of .296/.365/.403 in the minor leagues, and the 2011 first-round pick looks like a lock to make the 25-man roster, making him a nice endgame target in NL-only leagues.
Panik, San Francisco's 2011 first-round draft pick (29th overall), put up a solid season High-A producing a .297/.368/.402 slash line with seven home runs in 605 plate appearances. His offense took a step back considering his 2011 season in Low-A, which is attributed to a drop in BABIP. Panik does not have much power (.105 ISO), but he has shown a good eye at the plate (9.6 percent walk rate) and only had an 8.9 percent strikeout rate in 2012. Most scouts see him as a future second baseman because of his lack of arm strength and speed.
Panik was taken with the 29th pick of the 2011 draft and he posted a .341/.401/.467 line over 270 at-bats as a 20-year-old in Low-A after joining the Giants organization. He's a long ways from making an impact at the major league level, but held his own during a stint against advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League (.323/.394/.473), although it's unclear if he's more of a utility guy or a possible regular down the road.
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Done for season
2BMiami Marlins  AAA
September 30, 2021
Panik will not travel back to Miami for the team's final series of the season, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports
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Returns to roster
2BMiami Marlins  AAA
September 2, 2021
Panik was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list as expected Wednesday.
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Expected to return Wednesday
2BMiami Marlins  AAA
Undisclosed
August 31, 2021
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Panik will likely be reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, when Miami's roster expands from 26 to 28 men, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on injured list
2BMiami Marlins  AAA
Undisclosed
August 13, 2021
Panik was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason Friday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Benched in fifth straight
2BMiami Marlins  AAA
August 1, 2021
Panik remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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