Entering the month of September the Brewers were 2.5 games back of the Cubs and 6.5 games back of the Cardinals. Everybody knew if Milwaukee wanted a shot to make the playoffs, they would have to go on a run during the month of September. Well, that’s exactly what they have been doing. However, it hasn’t been Christian Yelich leading the team at the plate, or Grandal or Moustakas, it has been super utility man, Cory Spangenberg.
The Brewers signed Cory Spangenberg last offseason after he was released by the Padres after he was there for 5 seasons. His best season came in 2017 when he hit .264 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs. He also scored 57 runs and was the Padres starting third baseman. He was released because his production just wasn’t good enough for the rebuilding San Diego Padres.
This season, with the Brewers, Spangenberg played with their Triple-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions for 113 games before being called up on August 24th. Spangenberg was actually one of the best players for San Antonio all season, he hit .309 and had an OPS of .876. He hit 14 homers, drove in 62 runs, and had 28 doubles. He did all of this while playing every single position except pitcher and catcher. When the Brewers added Spangenberg to their September roster, not many people expected him to play well. He was just a guy to backup Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura and hopefully get on base here or there. Spangenberg has done way more than that.
From September 1st through September 16th, Spangenberg has hit .275 with 2 home runs, 2 triples, and 8 RBIs. There have been only 2 games in the entire month of September where he hasn’t registered a hit. His biggest hit came on September 15th when the Brewers were playing the Cardinals in one of the most important series of the season. In the top of the seventh, the Brewers were down by 1 and Spangenberg smoked a line drive for a 2-run homer that put Milwaukee in the lead. On a side note, he has also scored 6 runs and stolen 2 bases during his hot streak. In September, Milwaukee has a dominant record of 11-3 when Spangenberg plays which very well could be the most important stat.
Spangenberg is a true professional and a player every young, minor league player should look up to. He has never complained about not being on the Major League squad and did his job at the highest level in Triple-A. For someone to stay focused throughout the long season and step up for his team when it matters most, that’s something only the purest of professionals can do. Now it is time for Spangenberg to stay consistent and lead the Brewers to the Postseason.