SJU alum Joe Panik wins first Gold Glove
Queens Chronicle, Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:30 am
Star baseball players don’t often come out of the Northeast, but former St. John’s University legend Joe Panik is doing his best to change that narrative.
The former Red Storm standout keeps racking up the accolades, as the San Francisco Giants second baseman earned a National League Gold Glove award last Wednesday, given to the best defensive player at each position.
He beat out DJ LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies and Jean Segura of the Arizona D-Backs for the honor.
Panik, 26, is quickly developing into one of the game’s best second basemen, having led the Giants to a World Series title in his rookie season in 2014 and receiving his first All Star Game selection in 2015.
The Hopewell Junction, NY native committed just five errors in 601 total chances, finishing second in all of Major League Baseball with a .992 fielding percentage.
He also helped turn 82 double plays.
In his three years in Jamaica as the Red Storm’s shortstop, Panik led the Johnnies to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010.
He was picked in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft after batting a blistering .398 and winning All-American honors.