The first day of the 2011 First Year MLB Player Draft has completed and the Giants picked up two prospects with their #29 and #49th overall picks. I’m no draft guru, but the Panik pick feels like a bit of a reach – most pre-draft rankings had him in the 60’s. I’m always a little concerned when the first thing someone says about a player is “plays the game the right way” … I believe that’s the first thing that came out of the MLB TV guys when the Giants announced their pick. It’s also never a good sign when your first round pick doesn’t have a draft blurb on the MLB website. Yikes.
Gleaning from various scouting reports in regards to Panik:
- Profiles more as a 2B in the majors
- His bat is his only plus-tool, short compact swing, more of a gap power hitter
- Did well in the Cape Cod League, batted .297 with wood bats
I can’t remember where, but I did read someone say that he could be Freddy Sanchez without the aversion to walks. That’s kind of nice. Still, Panik seems more like a grinder pick, or a guy without big tools that’s going to need to really work his way into the majors.
Keith Law called Panik a ‘utility’ player.
Klaw: That’s great. I wonder what five tools he’s talking about. (Panik = utility guy for me, some teams like him as an everyday SS, could see him going in sandwich round.)
I had some reservations about the Gary Brown pick last season and now I love Brown, so what do I know anyways?
The 2nd pick by the Giants, Kyle Crick, seems more like a traditional ‘Giants pick’ that I’m comfortable with. It’s hard to question this team when it comes to picking up arms. Crick is a right-handed high school pitcher out of Texas that throws a fastball in the 92-94 range with the potential for an average to above average slider. His final destination — SP vs. RP — is still up for debate. Though, I figure that the Giants will give him every chance to start. Baseball Beginnings has a video of Crick throwing, here.
UPDATE: John Sickels has a nice Panik write-up on SBNation.