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Will Venable | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Will Venable went 3-for-5 with a home run Friday in the victory over the Diamondbacks.
The Padres will certainly be better off defensively with Yonder Alonso out and Wil Myers playing first base for the next couple of weeks. How much of a hit they take offensively depends on whether Venable hits like he did in 2013 or like he did in 2014. He entered the night 4-for-30 with 12 strikeouts on the season. Still, he has short-term value in NL-only leagues. May 9 - 1:59 AM

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Will Venable was ejected in the 12th inning of Friday's loss to the Giants for arguing a called third strike.

Padres manager Bud Black was also given the gate for jawing with rookie home plate umpire Tripp Gibson on the called third strike. Venable continues to find himself buried on the depth chart in the talented Padres outfield and won't be relevant in mixed leagues unless his situation changes drastically.
Apr 9 - 10:54 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that Will Venable has "drawn interest" from the Marlins.

They're also considering Nate Schierholtz, Ichiro Suzuki and Andy Dirks as they look for a fourth outfielder. Venable might have the most upside of the four, but he's also the only one the Marlins would have to trade for rather than just sign. Slated to make $4.25 million in 2015 in his final year prior to free agency, Venable is expendable following the Padres' acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. Miami certainly wouldn't be an ideal landing spot, as he'd be in another pitcher-friendly park and would need someone else to get injured before he'd receive regular playing time.
Jan 11 - 2:06 PM

Will Venable went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Venable singled and scored in the sixth and seventh innings. The hits were as many as he'd had over his previous 21 at-bats as he's struggled for the majority of the year. Venable owns a .220/.285/.318 line in a season he'd surely like to be over.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Will Venable is not in the Padres starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Phillies

It appears to be just a routine day off for the struggling outfielder. After a breakthrough 2013 campaign, he's hitting just .222/.289/.316 with 101 strikeouts in 370 at-bats.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 07:30:00 PM

Will Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Phillies.

Venable hadn't started a game since last Wednesday due to a back strain. The 31-year-old owns a disappointing .221/.290/.317 batting line over 134 games this season.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 04:30:00 AM

Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 08:49:00 AM

Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 01:34:00 AM

Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Will Venable singled in Yangervis Solarte in the bottom of the 12th to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

Venable's liner to right probably would have been caught under normal circumstances, but Jason Heyward was playing in with the bases loaded and one out. Even if it had been caught, it would have scored the run without a problem. Venable has now driven in a run in four straight games, going 7-for-14 with two homers and seven RBI during that span. He's back looking like a decent mixed-league option.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 01:26:00 AM

Will Venable homered in a second straight game Thursday against the Cardinals.

It's been a positively dreadful year for Venable, but he ends July with a .286 average, three homers and three steals in 63 at-bats. He should go back to being a fixture in the San Diego lineup against right-handers now that he is swinging the bat better.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Will Venable went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

Venable put the light-hitting Padres up 1-0 in the third inning with the homer off of A.J. Burnett, but the lead wouldn't last long. It was one of Venable's rare positive offensive contributions this season, as he is now sitting on a .211/.278/.306 slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI in 198 plate appearances.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:59:00 PM

Will Venable filled up the box score Saturday against the White Sox, going 4-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Venable had just three hits over his last seven games combined, so this was nice to see. While the 31-year-old is hitting just .213 with one home run and two stolen bases through 52 games, he's obviously capable of much better.
Sat, May 31, 2014 05:31:00 PM

Will Venable (foot) went 1-for-2 in his return to action Wednesday night versus the Diamondbacks.

Venable had been out for the past couple of days with a sore right foot. It was not a major concern.
Thu, May 29, 2014 04:06:00 AM

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C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Kevin Quackenbush
7Frank Garces
8Cory Mazzoni