The Blue Jays have informed veteran infielder Joe Panik that he’s made the club’s Opening Day roster, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. The Jays won’t make the move official until next week, however, so there’s no corresponding move for selecting his contract just yet.
Panik, 30, turned in an 8-for-29 showing (all singles) with a pair of walks and just one strikeout with the Jays during Spring Training. He’ll make the club as a backup infielder for the second straight season and look to improve upon last season’s .245/.340/.300 batting line (141 plate appearances).
The Jays have a full infield with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base, Marcus Semien at second base, Bo Bichette and shortstop and the versatile Cavan Biggio lined up at third base. Panik can back up all around the diamond and give the club a plus defensive option with solid career walk and strikeout rates (8.4 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively). In 2842 career plate appearances, Panik is a .269/.334/.380 hitter.