Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 25 Days

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.. SD 1 Month

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.. SD 4 Months

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.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 5 Months

Alexi Amarista went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Monday against the Giants.

Amarista started at second base and is competing for a spot on the Padres' bench. However, he could wind up filling in for Chase Headley at third base if Headley continues to be bothered by a strained right calf.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 5 Months

Alexi Amarista went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the Padres and Dodgers played to a 3-3 tie in Cactus League action on Sunday.

Amarista got the start at second base and hit leadoff in manager Bud Black's lineup. He's a favorite to earn a bench spot on the Padres Opening Day roster, and could be pressed into full-time duty if Chase Headley isn't ready for the start of the season.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 6 Months

Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune believes that Alexi Amarista has a leg up in the battle for one of the Padres final bench spots due to the fact that he's out of options.

His primary competition for the final bench spot could come down to Ryan Jackson or Tommy Medica, both of whom have minor league options remaining. The 24-year-old also has the versatility to play all three outfield positions and both middle infield spots, making him a very valuable commodity in the National League.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD 10 Months

Alexi Amarista delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th as the Padres edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday.

It was Amarista's lone hit in five at-bats. The versatile utilityman was making his sixth start at shortstop tonight. He's also started 52 games in center, 16 at second, five game in left and two at third base. With 357 at-bats, he's played more than the Padres would prefer this year. Still, he's a handy guy to have around.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD Jul 10 '13

Alexi Amarista tripled and singled to drive in both Padres runs in the win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Amarista also had a big game Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. He was in quite a slump for five weeks, but maybe he's pulled out of it now. He remains the Padres' preferred option in center with Cameron Maybin absent.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD Jul 01 '13

After hitting .232 with just two walks in 56 at-bats last month, Alexi Amarista opened July by going 0-for-3 on Monday.

Amarista has still been pretty solid against righties on the season and he brings a lot of versatility to the table, making him a pretty useful player for the Padres. Still, it would be for the best if they didn't have to use him quite as often as they've needed to with Cameron Maybin out. It's possible they'll start giving Will Venable and Chris Denorfia more looks in center, with Kyle Blanks in right, after Yonder Alonso returns.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS.. SD May 15 '13

Alexi Amarista homered, doubled twice and scored three times Wednesday in the Padres' 8-4 win over the Orioles.

Amarista has homered in back-to-back starts. He has surprising pop for a little guy, with eight homers, six triples and 25 doubles in 404 major league at-bats. Unfortunately, he still hasn't managed to reach base consistently. The Padres will keep using him as a backup at second base and in center field, leaving him little fantasy value.