Jim Callis of Baseball America tells SF Giants Rumors his thoughts on the San Francisco Giants first two draft picks (Joe Panik and Kyle Crick) in the 2011 MLB Draft.
“Panik was a little bit of a surprise where the Giants took him, but he was a top-two-round guy and some people have compared him favorably to Levi Michael, who was a first-rounder for everyone. Panik is an offensive-minded guy, good bat, makes the routine plays at shortstop but probably moves to second base in the long run.”
“Crick is the kind of raw arm the Giants have had a lot of success developing. He was mostly a first baseman a year ago, but now he’s throwing in the low 90’s and touching 97 with late life on his fastball. He’ll flash a plus curveball and slider, but still has a lot to learn and is in the perfect organization to do it. He’s committed to TCU, but I believe he’s signable where they took him.”
The Giants have announced in a press release that they have signed first pick Joseph Panik.
~King of Cali