Spangenberg cleared waivers Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio. It's no big surprise that Spangenberg went unclaimed, as the 28-year-old is off to a poor start for San Antonio, hitting .212/.305/.317 in 32 games. He'll remain as organizational depth for Milwaukee.
The Brewers plan to designate Spangenberg for assignment Tuesday. The transaction opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for top prospect Keston Hiura, who will be promoted from Triple-A San Antonio ahead of Tuesday's game against the Phillies and presumably take over as the Brewers' everyday second baseman. If Spangenberg passes through waivers unclaimed, he would remain in the Brewers' farm system as a utility man at San Antonio. Over 118 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League this season, Spangenberg was slashing just .212/.305/.317 while striking out more than a third of the time.
Spangenberg was optioned to minor-league camp Friday. The Brewers couldn't find room for Spangenberg or fellow utility man Tyler Saladino, as Hernan Perez is set to fill a versatile bench role. Spangenberg will have multiple routes back to the big leagues, though his .258/.318/.391 career slash line limits his fantasy appeal when opportunities do arrive.
Spangenberg went 2-for-3 with a walk in Wednesday's spring game against the Padres. Spangenberg has enjoyed facing his former team this spring, going 3-for-6 with two RBI over two games. Overall, he has gone 11-for-44 with three home runs and seven RBI while posting a .783 OPS. He's certainly in position to break camp with a bench spot on the Brewers' roster, but with the team bringing back Mike Moustakas to start at second base and Spangenberg having an option remaining, the Brewers could opt to have him open the season in the minors.
Spangenberg went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Friday's game against the Mariners. He put the Brewers on the board with his solo shot in the sixth inning, which was followed by a solo homer from Hernan Perez. While both of Spangenberg's hits this spring have left the yard, the utility man is hitting just .167 with four strikeouts through 12 at-bats.