Joe Panik Named To AFL All-Star Team

Joe Panik with the Scorpions.

The Arizona Fall League announced rosters for its annual Rising Stars Game today. The high-profile showcase (basically the AFL version of the All-Star Futures Game) features the Fall League's cream of the crop. The only Giants prospect to make the cut: 2011 first-rounder Joe Panik.

Joe Panik will be joining the likes of top prospects (and Scorpions teammates) Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. In all, 50 of the AFL's best players will be playing in Saturday's exhibition game.

In addition to the top two prospects in baseball (Trout and Harper, respectively), Saturday's starting pitchers are Gerrit Cole and Danny Hultzen -- the top two picks of the 2011 Draft.

The selection bodes well for Panik, who has held his own in the AFL while transitioning to second base. The natural shortstop is hitting .231/.333/.308 with a double, a home run and five RBI.

The Rising Stars Game has evolved into the Fall League's premier scouting event. With so many potential stars on the field at once, it's usually the league's most well-attended game as well.

According to MLB.com, the Rising Stars Game also has a strong track record for launching young talent.

The 2009 Rising Stars Game featured 28 players who made it to the big leagues the following season. A total of 24 Rising Stars participants from the 2010 game spent time in the Majors in 2011.

The game is set for Saturday, November 5, at 5:10 p.m. PT. It will be broadcast live on MLB.com and MLB Network.

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