Cory Spangenberg, 20, is a Pennsylvania prep product who spent one year at Virginia Military Institute before transferring to Indian River State College after winning Big South Conference Freshman of the Year honors. The left-handed-hitting infielder played third base at Indian River in 2011, but has seen time at both second base and shortstop since moving to the collegiate level. In high school, Spangenberg led Abington Heights to the PIAA State Championship, hitting .479 with a 1.000 slugging percentage his senior year.
Recommended by Padres amateur scout Willie Bosque, Spangenberg was named the 2011 Florida College System Activities Association Male Athlete of the Year by the FCSAA. The Clarks Summit, Penn. native hit .477 this year for Indian River, the sixth-best average in the nation among Division I junior colleges. He was ranked by Baseball America as the third-best pure hitter and the fastest runner among all college players in the 2011 Draft class, as well as the second-best third basemen.