Face it — your team has holes. And you need to make moves that won’t make headlines, but might help in all the small ways that build a championship team come October.
Enter Cory Spangenberg.
On Monday, Cory Spangenberg launched his fifth HR of the season, in 118 plate appearances, for the Padres. The 27-year-old lefty contributed 13 HR, 46 RBI, 57 runs and 11 SB in 486 plate appearances, while collecting a .264 batting average a year ago — numbers that caught our attention. (Note: He met the 20-game threshold at both 3B and OF last season, while logging 7 games at 2B; this season he’s had 16 games at 3B and 10 at 2B, so he’s likely to provide flexibility if needed. He even pitched in a blow out loss to the Braves last night – he surrendered one run in one inning.).
Okay, so he’s hitting .184 with a .215 OBP this season (and a 9.00 ERA) — numbers we would normally run away from. Normally.
Spangenberg’s .230 BABIP is exactly 100 points below his career average (we don’t need to do that math for you, do we?), which is obviously contributing to his poor non-HR production. So, if given more leash in San Diego, we believe his numbers will rebound. If your league allows daily transactions, you should most definitely sit him against lefties (.230 career average and 4 HR in 230 plate appearances), but we think his power can provide sneaky HR, maybe if one of your OF has a day off and you need to slot someone in. Plus his sneaky speed has provided three steals this year. He may not be Nolan Arenado, but he could chip in a HR and SB on Arenado’s day off.
He’s a career .266 hitter versus right-handed pitching, so he a viable Fantasy option in those scenarios. In a 13-game stint at AAA this season, Spangenberg contributed a .298 average and a couple of HR.
Spangenberg could very well find his way back in the minors, particularly if he remains below the Mendoza line. But we’d stash him on the back of your bench, monitor and slide him in once in a while. Today, he faces righty Mike Foltynewicz, and again, he’s 3B and OF eligible in 20-game leagues. His power might keep him up with the big club and we have a feeling he’ll emerge as a Fantasy option in most formats any day now.
Remember, your team has holes. And if one of them is power production (and not batting average), we say give Spangenberg a look and maybe a flier if you have room on the bench.