2014 Draft Profile: Joey Pankake

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School: South Carolina; Class: Junior

Position: 3B; B/T: B/R

Height: 6-1; Weight: 200 pounds

Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 42nd round, 2011


Background: A 2013 Homerun Derby participant – along with fellow 2014 draft class members Bo Thompson and Garrett Boulware – Pankake entered this season as a potential first round pick after hitting .311/.387/.496 with 11 homeruns for the Gamecocks.

And like so many of this year’s top offensive prospects – Trea Turner and Alex Blandino to name a few – Pankake’s more or less taken a developmental sidestep in 2014. Through South Carolina’s first 52 games, he’s hitting .312/.402/.437 with ten doubles and five homeruns.

On the positive, Pankake’s improved his contact rate, though that’s come at the expense of power.


Projection: Pankake falls into same category as so many of his counterparts – a potential fringe everyday player. The power/plate discipline/hit tools are decent, average at best. He’s likely going to wind up as a solid role player down the road.


Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player

Floor: 0.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round



After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.