San Diego Padres: Cory Spangenberg Shows His Value & Versatility

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 7: Wil Myers
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 7: Wil Myers /

In an 8-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last night, the San Diego Padres got a glimpse of how a deep team can reap benefits on any given night.

Although they took the loss, the San Diego Padres got a good look at Cory Spangenberg and an even better idea of just what he can do for this team as they move forward through the season.

Playing at third base in favor of Chase Headley, Spangenberg went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the second inning, which was immediately followed by a solo shot from the catcher, Austin Hedges.

From FOX Sports San Diego’s Twitter page:

Here’s Hedgie’s bomb to left field, again, via FSSD.

What Spangy’s night means to the Padres

If San Diego Padres’ manager Andy Green knows that he has a solid bat and even better fielder in Cory Spangenberg, that he can plug into the lineup wherever he sees fit, it gives this team yet another option to give regulars, like Headley, a blow every now and then.

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Last night was just one of the scenarios we should expect to see Spangenberg used in. He plays capably in the corner outfield, which could lead to Jose Pirela or Wil Myers getting a day off as needed.

As per reports, Myers came out of last night’s game for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning due to continued back stiffness.

Apparently, this is something he’s been dealing with over the past few weeks. It’s unknown whether he’ll play today in the series finale.

Another position we could see Green use Cory Spangenberg at is second base. Whether he chooses to give Carlos Asuaje a day off, or any one of the possible lineup combinations that are at Green’s disposal, Spangy figures to get his fair share of playing time this season at a number of different positions.

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It appears as if Spangenberg is 100% on-board with that plan. That’s an extremely encouraging sign. He’s doing whatever he can to help the team.