Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 1 week ago

Amarista is batting .357 with four RBI and three strikeouts through 28 at-bats this spring. Perhaps more importantly, his defensive performance has given him the inside track at winning the shortstop job over newly acquired Clint Barmes.

Amarista's bat has cooled off over this past week after going 2-11 in his last four games. Still, it looks as though he has the edge over Barmes, who is batting .174 this spring with five strikeouts and has reportedly looked stiff in the field.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 3 weeks ago

Amarista is off to a strong start this spring, going 6-for-9 with four RBI through three games.

San Diego brought in Clint Barmes this offseason to compete with Amarista for the starting shortstop job, but Amarista has been up to the challenge thus far. On the other hand, Barmes has gone 1-for-6 with a strikeout through three games and he has also committed two errors. While it's still early in the race, Amarista has the advantage right now.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 2 months ago

Amarista signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

The Padres' significant offseason additions may prevent Amarista from claiming a starting role to open 2015, but his ability to play multiple positions should nonetheless allow him to pick up ample at-bats throughout the season. He put together a meager .239/.286/.314 batting line last season, but made up for it to a degree with his proficiency on the basepaths, where he stole 12 bases in 13 attempts.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 6 months ago

Amarista went 1-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI against the Giants on Friday.

The Padres didn't have a ton of hits on the night, but they made them count when they had to as in Amarista's case. Amarista (.246/.293/.325) is never going to be a bat to build a team around, but he can help fill a middle infield role for fantasy owners.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 6 months ago

Amarista slugged his fourth home run of the year Tuesday, while going 3-for-4 at the plate and adding a double, two RBI and a run scored.

Amarista has been heating up recently, as he is 9-for-25 in his last seven games. Still, Amarista owns just a .242/.292/.313 slash line in 380 at-bats this year.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 7 months ago

Amarista provided half of the Padres hits on Friday against Josh Collmenter and the Diamondbacks, as he went 2-for-3 with one run scored.

It looks like the Padres hitters took the night off in this one, although Amarista did his part getting on base while scoring on a Miguel Montero pass ball in the ninth inning. Amarista has been hovering around the .230 mark for most of the season, so don't expect a sudden uptick in hitting stats anytime soon.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 8 months ago

Amarista is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Amarista will take a seat after starting three straight, giving way to Yangervis Solarte, who will make his second career start at shortstop. Chris Nelson will slide over to third base to cover Solarte's regular position. With the Padres set to square off against lefty Tyler Matzek on Wednesday, manager Bud Black likely wanted to get another right-handed bat in his lineup.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 9 months ago

Alexi Amarista blasted his third home run of the season in Friday's victory over the Giants.

Amarista tagged Matt Cain with the solo shot to get the Padres on the board in the third inning, and it proved to be more than enough run support for Eric Stults. He finished the day 2-for-2 with a double and walk, raising his season slash to .228/.280/.323.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 9 months ago

Alexi Amarista went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI Tuesday against the Giants.

San Diego has been thrilled with Amarista's defense with Jedd Gyorko (foot) on the disabled list, but the diminutive Venezuelan is best relegated to utility duties due to his weak stick. This was his first three-hit game of the season, and half of his 12 RBI through 65 games have come in just two contests. Amarista, batting .221/.278/.297, is no better than an emergency stopgap NL-only player until Gyorko's return.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 12 months ago

Alexi Amarista hit a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the Padres' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Amarista had just 10 home runs in 700 career at-bats before the pinch-hit blast in the seventh inning. It was a good time for his first hit of the season. Despite the heroics, Amarista is just a part-time player and isn't a factor in fantasy leagues.