The building of a spring training roster continues for the Quebec Capitales. This time, the organization announces the return of Connor Panas, who had been to the 2019 edition of the team for twenty games. It is with an impressive track record that Panas will join the Capitales for a second stay in the Old Capital.
Connor Panas’ run through the affiliate ranks began in 2015 when the Toronto Blue Jays made him their 9th-round pick. A Toronto native, Panas was drafted following his senior season at Canisius College in Buffalo. While at Canisius, Panas was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Male Student Athlete of the Year for 2014 and 2015, an ABCA/Rawlings Division I Third-Team All-American in 2014 and 2015, and a Capital One Academic All-American in 2015.
Panas quickly climbed the minor league ladder with his batting power. In 2016 and 2017, he hit consecutive 16 and 18 home runs at A-level, then high-A. These good performances have earned him a promotion in 2018 to the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. The following year, Panas made the leap into the San Diego Padres organization at AAA level. In 401 minor league games, the outfielder hit 52 home runs, drove in 187 runs and maintained a .338 on-base percentage.
After being released in the summer of 2019, Panas joined the Capitales in July. His stint with the Capitales in the summer of 2019 was interspersed with his participation in the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. After the Canadian National Team won a silver medal, he finished the season in Quebec City with more than respectable offensive statistics.
“He has a pretty impressive baseball resume. His statistics in affiliated baseball show a lot of power. We can’t wait to see what he can do with us at the start of a season,” said Capitales’ manager Patrick Scalabrini. Connor Panas will present himself in Quebec City with the status of experienced player.