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06/11/2011 2:06 PM ET
Giants sign first round pick Joseph Panik
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Giants have signed Joseph Panik, their first round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the club announced this morning.

Panik, who attended St. John's University, became the first middle infielder since 1988 that the Giants selected with their first overall selection when the club picked Royce Clayton from St. Bernard High School. The Golden Spikes semi-finalist also becomes just the fourth infielder chosen by the Giants with their first overall selection since 1985, joining Will Clark (1985), Matt Williams (1986) and Clayton (1988).

The 6-2, 195-pound shortstop from Hopewell Junction, New York lead the Big East Conference with 60 runs scored, a .509 on-base percentage, while being tied for the highest batting average with a .398 clip (90-for-226). Overall, Panik had 19 doubles, three triples and 57 RBI, while leading the Red Storm with 10 home runs and 21 stolen bases during the 2011 season. The left-handed hitter lead St. John's in walks for three consecutive seasons with a team-high 44 this year, which was the second most in the Big East. The middle infielder was named to the 2011 All-Big East First-Team as well the 2011 Big East All-Tournament Team.

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