February 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Joe Panik (66) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: San Francisco Giants call up top prospect Joe Panik

The San Francisco Giants find themselves in a massive slump as of late, losing nine of their last ten games. However, thanks to an extremely hot start to the season, the Giants are still atop the National League West with a 43-30 record though the struggles are certainly getting to them.

One of the most damaging positions on the roster has been second base as Brandon Hicks, who has been filling in for the injured Marco Scutaro simply isn’t getting the job done.

With Scutaro’s return this season questionable (at best) and his role likely to be more of a utility man when he does eventually return, that has left the Giants in a bit of a predicament. Given that, the team decided to call up second baseman Joe Panik, this according to SFGate.com.

“The San Francisco Giants are ready to dip into Triple-A and give one of their top prospects a shot to help them turn things around amid a losing skien that has reached six games and nine out of 10.

Sources confirmed that second baseman Joe Panik, the Giants’ 2011 first-round draft pick, is on his way to Phoenix and will join the team tonight. However, no roster moves have been made. Panik, 23, is a left-handed hitter out of St. John’s University in New York.”

Panik has beasted against Pacific Coast League pitching, though that’s not exactly unusual given it’s known for being a very hitter friendly league.

The San Francisco Giants were hopeful that they’d be able to give Panik more time in Triple-A, but with the trade deadline looming, the Giants’ front office wanted to see what they had in their system before making a move.

Corresponding roster moves have yet to be made.

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