In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Padres’ Cory Spangenberg has become the first 2011 first-rounder to sign. The 10th overall pick is expected to get right around $1.8 million, which is approximately slot money for where he was selected.
With two true first-rounders and three more supplemental picks, the Padres declined to splurge with the 10th overall pick. Spangenberg, a JuCo infielder, is a nice line-drive hitter with questionable home run power and no real position yet. The Padres announced him as a second baseman. He also has experience at third. However, scouts aren’t sure he’ll be able to make it either spot. If he ends up in left field, then more power will be a must.
Update – FollowThePadres has the bonus at $1.86 million. That’s less than the $2.1 million the Padres offered ninth overall pick Karsten Whitson last year. Whitson declined to sign, which is why the Pads received the 10th pick as compensation this year.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.