The Short-A Eugene Emeralds did it again last night, winning 9-3 over Vancouver and setting a new Northwest League record with their 14th consecutive victory. Two-time NW League Player of the Week (just 19 games into his professional career) Cory Spangenberg had another two-hit game, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Jace Peterson led the way at the top of the order with a 3-for-5 night that included a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Peterson was the Padres fifth selection in this years Draft, taken 58th overall.
Led by former ASU head coach Pat Murphy, in his first year managing at the professional level, the Emeralds are now 17-2 on the season. They are hitting .273 on the year while posting a 3.26 team ERA. Over the 14-game win streak, the club is outscoring their opponents 94-43. The Emeralds are averaging 6.7 runs/game over that stretch while allowing 3.1.
The Short-A Eugene roster consists of 30 players, 17 of which joined the Padres less than a month ago as selections in the 2011 First-Year Player draft.
Cory Spangenberg, the Padres’ top selection at 10th overall in the 2011 Draft, has been playing for just 18 games with Single-A Eugene and was honored today with his second straight Northwest League Player of the Week award.
After being named Player of the Week for June 20-26, Spangenberg followed it up by hitting .407 (11-for-27) with a .556 OBP and .519 SLG from June 27-July 3. Catapulted by Spangenberg’s hot bat, the Emeralds (16-2 on the season) are currently riding a 13-game winning streak that is tied for the all-time Northwest League record. The Ems will attempt to break the league record and with their 14th straight in a 7:05 p.m. game tonight against Vancouver.
It seems like just yesterday the Padres scouting staff sat in the Draft room anxiously awaiting their first selection with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. While it may not have been yesterday, it was only three weeks ago and already the Friars’ top pick is making an impact in the minors.
Signed just three days after he was drafted (and still the highest pick from this year’s draft to sign), Cory Spangenberg has already played 10 games with the Eugene Emeralds and is hitting .394 with a .563 OBP and .606 SLG (1.169 OPS). He is averaging at least one hit, RBI and walk per game and has two hits in each of the last five tilts.
All of Cory’s appearances have come at second base and while it’s still way to soon to make any projections as to what type of player he may become, it certainly is nice to have in on the field and produces early results.
Today was a special day for the Padres as first-round selection Cory Spangenberg (pronounced SPAN-jen-berg) officially joined the Friar family. Here is a video of him signing his first professional contract. Congrats to Cory and his family. They are joined by Padres Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jason McLeod and Director of Scouting Jaron Madison in the video.