Milwaukee Brewers: 4 hitters who could break out in 2019
It was pretty much a lock that one of the second basemen on the Milwaukee Brewers 25-man roster was going to make our list. Between Cory Spangenberg, Hernan Perez, and Tyler Saladino, one of the available second base options has to stake a claim to the every day job. There has to be a reason why the Brewers didn’t add a more dependable option, right? They still could. Josh Harrison, Derek Dietrich, and Marwin Gonzalez are all still available.
But if the Milwaukee Brewers don’t add another option, Spangenberg is the most likely option to work his way into a full-time role.
What’s odd about Spangenberg is that he actually performed better in San Diego than away from San Diego. For his career, Spangenberg has a .789 OPS in Petco Park. Away from Petco, Spangenberg only managed a .639 OPS.
The good news for Spangenberg is that he’s a lefty who can hit righties. He has a .754 OPS against righties, but only a .562 OPS against lefties. If there is a platoon with Perez or Saladino, Spangenberg is due for the majority of the playing time.
The last time Spangenberg received full-time at-bats at the Major League level was 2017. He posted double-digit homers and steals while managing a .723 OPS. Even recreating those numbers would make Spangenberg the Milwaukee Brewers most productive second baseman on the roster when compared to last year.