According to multiple reports, former San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik has signed with the New York Mets. He will also be with the team tonight versus the Washington Nationals. The contract details are unknown as of now. To make room for Panik, the New York Mets announced that they have designated for assignment INF Adeiny Hechavarría. Hechavarría was slashing .204/.252.359 in 2019 for the Mets in 60 games played.
The New York native expressed interest in “coming home” as originally reported by Mike Anthony of Metsmerized Online.
Panik, age 28 was born in Yonkers, NY and attended John Jay HS in Hopewell Junction. He, later on, attended St. Johns University, in Queens New York where he played college baseball.
Panik was an All-Star in 2015 in what was just his second year in the MLB. His slash that year was .312/.378/.455, but only made 432 plate appearances in 100 games, not a full year. In his first full-year, he won a gold glove but struggled immensely at the plate with a .239/.315/.379 slash. But a sophomore year slump didn’t end up defining him.
Panik had gone .288/.327/.421, showing promise to have a great career, with years under his belt, and success.
The former first-round pick then went on to hit .254/.307/.332, and this year has just hit .235/.310/.317 before being designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants in the wake of them acquiring 2B Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds before the trade deadline.
Joe Panik over his career has been a contact hitter. If the second baseman performs well, he could have a role on the team going forward. At just 28 years old Panik has yet to enter his prime athletic years. This homecoming could be special, considering Panik brings a World Series championship and playoff experience with him to New York.
Be sure to keep an eye on Amazin’ Prospects for more details as this story develops.