Maybin getting swings in Padres' leadoff spot

Maybin getting swings in Padres' leadoff spot

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Cameron Maybin got the first crack at hitting leadoff for the Padres on Wednesday in the first Cactus League game against the Mariners.

The leadoff spot -- as well as the No. 2 spot in the lineup -- will be areas that manager Bud Black and his coaching staff will watch closely during spring games.

"We've got to decide on the top two spots," Black said on Wednesday. "The top of the order is something we have got to work through."

Black has previously mentioned Maybin, Yangervis Solarte, Wil Myers and Will Venable as options to hit leadoff, which could prove problematic since only Myers pegs to be a regular -- starting in center field.

As for the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Yonder Alonso got a crack at it on Wednesday and could fit there given he can handle the bat and hits left-handed, which is preferred for a No. 2 hitter, though certainly not a prerequisite.

Last season, the Padres ranked 29th out of 30 teams in on-base percentage (.292) and average (.241). In all fairness, they ranked last or next-to-last in just about every other pertinent offensive statistic.

Black isn't too concerned about the middle of the order.

"The middle of the order looks pretty good when you look at the names," he said. "You think of Alonso, you think of [Jedd] Gyorko, guys who were here last year, Venable, [Carlos] Quentin, Maybin, then you add [Matt] Kemp, [Derek] Norris, [Justin] Upton, [Will] Middlebrooks to that mix. Those guys are middle of the order bats."

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.