Cory Spangenberg To Get At Bats As Left Fielder

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Cory Spangenberg‘s bat has earned him regular playing time as a September call-up this season. So far, he’s hitting .346 with two home runs – both as a pinch-hitter – and six RBI in eight games since being called up from Double-A San Antonio when the rosters expanded. The question has been where to play him, with San Diego also wanting Yangervis Solarte to have at-bats as well.

Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers saw Spangenberg starting in left field, a position he had spent a grand total of 4 1/3 innings at prior to the series finale in Los Angeles. He’s also spent 15 games in center during his professional career, where his performance has been reasonable.

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As a leadoff-type hitter with speed, displaying some positional flexibility is a good idea for Spangenberg, who is a natural second baseman that got converted to third base when the Padres brought him up as a September call-up. He could be battling Solarte for the starting third base job next spring, but if can prove he has the ability to play multiple positions, it bodes well for his sticking with the big league roster once camp breaks next April.

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