Padres Should Test Cory Spangenberg’s Limits
Cory Spangenberg showed his potential when he joined the Padres in September. He hit .290/.313 /.452 with 2 home runs, 9 RBI, and 4 stolen bases in 20 games (62 at-bats). However, one of the best parts of his game is his versatility.
During his three-year minor league career and his short time in the big leagues, Spangenberg has seen time at second base, third base, and in the outfield. Though he hasn’t been stunning at anyone position, the Padres should see how valuable he actually is by giving him some reps at shortstop during Spring Training.
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This isn’t to say that he’ll be a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop or even a full-time player there, but what’s the harm in finding out if he can hold his own? After all, the only open position in San Diego’s infield is shortstop as they have non-tendered Everth Cabrera.
Yangervis Solarte was solid for the Padres after being acquired from the Yankees at the trade deadline. He will man third base for the time being. At second, the highly talented, but inconsistent and injury-plagued Jedd Gyorko will attempt to bounce back after an abysmal 2014.
Assuming the Padres aren’t in the market for a big name shortstop, which is a safe bet, they might need help from multiple players. If anyone can adjust to shortstop, it would likely be an already versatile player like Spangenberg. Also, if he can be a serviceable shortstop they will have another way to get his bat into the lineup.
Why not try it?