Entering the 2014 season, the San Francisco Giants lacked an everyday, reliable second baseman. Brandon Hicks had some success at the beginning of the season, but then he fell into and couldn’t break out of a serious offensive slump. Ehire Adrianza battled injuries, and he still hasn’t proved that he can hit at the major league level.
The Dan Uggla experiment should never have happened, and it failed miserably. Marco Scutaro came back for five games, but then went straight back to the DL.
The Giants also failed to pick up a second baseman at the trade deadline, despite being linked in a few trade rumors to Ben Zobrist, Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, and others.
The Giants were left with very few options. They had to look to their farm system for some assistance. Enter Joe Panik.