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11 Will Middlebrooks 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 9/9/1988 | Birthplace: Texarkana, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 16/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Padres' Will Middlebrooks starting at shortstop on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Padres infielder Will Middlebrooks is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. He is batting seventh and playing shortstop for manager Bud Black. Typically a third baseman, this is the first time in his professional career that Middlebrooks has started a game at short.

He did play two-thirds of an inning at shortstop earlier this year, marking the first time he's ever played the position

"We’ve talked about it off and on ever since spring training, the possibility of Will going over there," manager Bud Black said, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

After a dreadful start to the season offensively, Middlebrooks has started to come alive at the plate. He has a hit in six of his last eight games, batting .300 over that stretch. 


Padres INF Corey Spangenberg finally gets a day off Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) After starting 13 straight games, Padres infielder Corey Spangenberg will get the night off on Wednesday. Spangenberg is not in the starting lineup against the Cubs for manager Bud Black. 

Spangenberg has been getting considerable playing time at second and third base due to the on-going struggles of Jedd Gyorko and Will Middlebrooks.

But both of those players will take their normal positions on Wednesday, allowing Spangenberg, who is just 4 for his last 23, to get a breather. 


Padres' Wil Myers (wrist) not ready to return to lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Wil Myers remains out of the starting lineup for the Padres on Thursday. Myers has now missed three consecutive starts due to discomfort in his left wrist. Manager Bud Black said Myers has tendinitis in his wrist, and should avoid the disabled list, though he will be sidelined for 3-4 days, according to MLB.com.

"He went through a number of tests, and the reports were pretty positive," Black said. "There is quite a bit of fluid surrounding that tendon, which is causing a lot of discomfort. He's going to be down for a couple of days. We're hoping that in two, three, four days that this will resolve itself pretty quickly."

With Myers out, Will Middlebrooks is drawing the start at first base for the first time this season. Middlebrooks, typically a third baseman, appeared at first earlier this month but hasn't started at first base since 2013 with the Red Sox. 


Padres' Will Middlebrooks homers in win vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

Middlebrooks recorded his first hit since April 27 Tuesday and did himself one better the following day, knocking his first home run since April 19 in the third inning. The Padres would add another run later in the inning and didn't trail at all during the game.

Middlebrooks has hit .196/.345/.363 with four home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases in 102 at-bats.


Padres' Will Middlebrooks returns to lineup after five-game absence


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who didn't start in San Diego's last five games, returned to the starting lineup at the eighth spot Tuesday night at Seattle, per U-T San Diego

Yangervis Solarte replaced Middlebrooks in four of the five games he was held out. Solarte is the designated hitter for the Padres at Safeco Field.

Middlebrooks is hitless in his last 19 at-bats, and is hitting .205 on the season.

San Diego is considered an underdog (+135) in Seattle, per VegasInsider.com.


Cory Spangenberg in, Will Middlebrooks out of Padres lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who hasn't had a hit since several days before the calendar flipped over to May, will not get one Thursday against Arizona unless he emerges from the bench.

He is being replaced again by Cory Spangenberg, who has taken advantage of his opportunity with five hits in his last three games, including three Wednesday night.

Middlebrooks is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.


Slumping 3B Middlebrooks riding pine for Padres on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks was held out of the Padres' starting lineup on Wednesday. Middlebrooks has been ice cold at the plate for about two weeks now, collecting a hit in just three of his last 13 games played. He has yet to record a hit in the month of May and could be in danger of losing more playing time if this funk continues.

Cory Spangenberg, who started at second for the Padres on Tuesday, got the start at third base Wednesday against the Giants. 


Padres' Will Middlebrooks mired in 0-for-15 slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks is hitless in his last 15 at bats and has just 2 hits in his last 28 times up. 

Middlebrooks hasn't had an extra base hit in 36 at bats and has just one RBI in his last 34. 

The struggling third baseman is hitting .205 on the season. 


Padres' Will Middlebrooks returns to the starting lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Padres infielder Will Middlebrooks is back in the starting lineup Monday at third base, moving Yangervis Solarte to second and Jedd Gyorko to the bench, the team announced.

Middlebrooks was given the day off Sunday, allowing Gyorko to make his first start in the last five games. Middlebrooks is hitting .239 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 71 at-bats this season.

The Padres are currently the favorites (-116) against the Astros Monday.


Padres' Middlebrooks gets day off amid eight-game hitting streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks received just his second day off in 17 games Thursday against the Rockies. Yangervis Solarte started in his absence.

Middlebrooks has hit safely in eight straight games. He is batting .281 (9 for 32) with one triple, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in that span. He also has one stolen base and five runs.


Padres 3B Middlebrooks breaks mold with two-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks broke a six-game hitting streak in a good way Tuesday night. He had exactly one hit in six straight games heading into play. He had two hits in the defeat of Colorado.

Middlebrooks not only singled twice, but scored a key run in a seventh inning in which San Diego turned defeat into victory. He has hit safely in all but one start this year and has sweetened his slugging percentage to a season-high .500.


Padres' Will Middlebrooks hits safely in seven of last eight games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks parked his third home run of the season and second in three games Sunday against the Cubs. His two-run homer off Jon Lester tied the game at two in the second inning.

Middlebrooks has hit safely in five straight games and seven of eight. He is batting .290 (9 for 31) with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in his last eight games.


Myers, Middlebrooks mash Cubs into submission


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) They have not earned the nickname "The M & M Boys" yet, but Padres hitters Wil Myers and Will Middlebrooks deserve some kudos for their performance Sunday against the Cubs.

The pair keyed a victory with home runs. Middlebrooks ripped a two-run shot in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2, then Myers blasted a three-run homer in the seventh for what proved to be the game-winner.

Myers is off to a particularly strong start this season. His three-hit day, which included two singles, improved his slash line to .333/.348/.511.

"I feel good at the plate. I thought the home run was big, but one thing I've really been working on is the bunting. It's never been a part of my game, ever," Myers said, per MLB.com. "I was able to put down a bunt and get a base hit. Obviously, the home run was great, but to be able to do that in that situation, get a hit right there and give what they take me was good."


Will Middlebrooks hits his first HR as a member of the Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Will Middlebrooks went deep for the first time in a Padres uniform on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Middlebrooks, who was acquired by the Padres from the Red Sox in a December trade, took Brandon McCarthy deep in the sixth inning for a two-run home run -- his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-4 defeat. He is hitting .154 (2 for 13) with two RBI through the first three games of the season.


Padres' Will Middlebrooks 'in a good position' to start at third base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Padres infielder Will Middlebrooks isn't officially the starting third baseman, but has "put himself in a good position" to be, according to manager Bud Black per U-T San Diego.

Middlebrooks, who is competing with Yangervis Solarte for the starting job, is hitting .333 in 45 plate appearances this spring with two home runs and eight RBI. 


Will Middlebrooks, Yangervis Solarte still battling for Padres' 3B job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Padres manager Bud Black declared that the third base job is "still open". 

Will Middlebrooks has started more games at the hot corner, but Yangervis Solarte is still a candidate to win the job, Black said, per UT San Diego's Dennis Lin

The Padres acquired the 26-year-old Middlebrooks from the Red Sox in a December trade. He's hitting .333, with two home runs and five RBI in 10 games this spring. He's started all 10 at third base and also played third in a split-squad game.

The 27-year-old Solarte was acquired in a trade with the Yankees last July. He's also hitting .333 this spring. Solarte has six starts at third base and three each at second base and first base. 

"The beauty of Solarte is that he’s able to move all over the field," Black said, "and we’ve moved him all over the field. That doesn’t discount the fact that he’s still vying for the spot at third base."


Padres 3B Will Middlebrooks doing well early in spring games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks failed to record a hit Thursday against the Dodgers, which was the first time in five spring games he failed to get on base. He struck out twice.

Still, despite the hitless outing, Middlebrooks -- who is competing for the starting third base job -- is off to a good start this spring. He is batting .467 (7 for 15) with one double, two home runs and four RBI.


Padres' Middlebrooks, Solarte competing for starting role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Padres third basemen Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte are competing for the third base job this spring, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

Manager Bud Black admitted third base was the "biggest" competition in camp. He said he believes both players can hack it in the majors, but was hesitant to say he would utilize them in a platoon role. 

"Possibility," Black said, "but I think any player will tell you he wants to be an everyday player -- they want to play. And they’re both young, they’re both in their mid-20s. You hope it’s a tough decision at the end, but these things have a way of working themselves out."

Middlebrooks, 26, hit .191 over 215 at-bats last season. Solarte hit .260/.336/.369 over 469 at-bats. 


Will Middlebrooks looks to rebound with the Padres


(3/3/2015) After battling through wrist, back, calf, finger and hand injuries during his time with Boston, Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks is swinging the bat without any pain. 

"It was tough," Middlebrooks said Tuesday, per the Associated Press. "It was a process of learning what I can play through and what I couldn't. My mentality is if I can go at all, I'm going to try to play. And I feel like that kind of played against me last year."

After being the opening day starter at third base for two years with Boston, injuries muddled his opportunity to make an impact.

"I learned my lesson. I learned how to take care of myself a little better," Middlebrooks said. "Now I know, but unfortunately I learned the hard way."

The Padres are hoping a fresh start will allow Middlebrooks to reach the potential he failed to achieve in Boston.

"His swing is powerful. Lot of power to all fields," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We saw what he did in 2012 before he got injured. We think where he is age-wise, there's a lot of potential."


Padres' Will Middlebrooks to get reps at first base this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks said he will eventually get reps at first base this spring, according to MLB.com. He said manager Bud Black told him to "to take 100 percent of your reps at third and 20 percent at first base."

Padres' Middlebrooks, Solarte competing, getting along at third base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Padres thirdbasemen Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte are both battling to get the starting nod at third base during spring training, but the two are getting along just fine so far, reports UTSanDiego.com.

"I'm trying to help him, he's trying to help me," Middlebrooks said. "We're working together, we're having fun and we're competing. It's for the team, and I think it'll be good if we both push each other."

Middlebrooks hit .191 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 plate appearances for the Red Sox in 2014.

He is also okay if he ends up playing a different position down the line.

"Third base is the priority," he said, "but wherever I can get in the lineup, wherever I can help us win some baseball games, that's what's important for me."

Meanwhile, Solarte is doing what he can to help Middlebrooks adjust to his new surroundings.

"That's competing," Solarte said. "For me, it's my teammate. I want to work hard with him and make it fun, too."


Red Sox, Padres complete Hanigan-for-Middlebrooks trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Red Sox and Padres completed a trade Friday, with catcher Ryan Hanigan heading to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox announced.

Hanigan, 34, is signed for two more seasons with a team option for 2017. He hit .218/.318/.324 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 225 at-bats in 2014.

Middlebrooks, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2015 season. He hit .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats in 2014.


Padres to acquire Will Middlebrooks from Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have agreed to a deal that would send Former Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

The deal will take care of one of the corner infield vacancies for the Padres. Middlebrooks has a career .237/.284/.411 slash line with 34 homers and 122 RBI over 830 at-bats through three seasons with the Red Sox. He has never played at Petco Field. Hanigan hit .218 with five home runs and 34 RBI over 225 at-bats last season with the Rays.


Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks chooses not to play winter ball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will forgo playing winter ball and instead spend the offseason in Dallas working out in prep for the 2015 season, according to The Providence Journal.

The Red Sox wanted Middlebrooks to make up for some of the at-bats he lost this season due to injury. However, Middlebrooks decided it was best for him to work on being 100 percent by spring training.

"He’s made a decision he’s going to focus on other things," general manager Ben Cherington said. "He feels like he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball, so that’s the decision that he’s made. Ultimately, the offseason belongs to the players."


David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseball Will Middlebrooks are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.