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25 Will Venable CF
Height/Weight: 6-3/205 | Birthdate: 10/29/1982 | Birthplace: Greenbrae, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: San Diego | College: Princeton | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,675,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Will Venable replaces Melvin Upton in center for Padres


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Padres centerfielder Melvin Upton isn't in Sunday's starting lineup. Upton had started the last four and six of the last seven. 

Will Venable will replace Upton in center. 


Padres' Will Venable hits game-winning home run


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Padres center fielder Will Venable hit the game-clinching two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning against the Phillies on Thursday.

Venable had been 1-for-17 cominf off the bench prior to the home run, his sixth of the season.


Padres OF Will Venable heading in wrong direction at the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Much of the season for Padres platoon outfielder Will Venable has been marked by short hot streaks followed by short cold ones.

He is currently experiencing the latter.

Venable has just two hits in his last 13 at-bats and none in four of the last five games in which he has a plate appearance. He still boasts a decent slash line of .263/.325/.409 on the year.


Padres OF Will Venable gets three hits in loss to Braves


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Padres outfielder Will Venable collected three hits during Tuesday night's 6-5 loss against the Braves. 

Venable hit a home run, double and single during the game. His homer gave him five for the season and came on a 0-1 pitch in the third inning. Venable finished the game 3 for 5 and totaled two RBI and scored two runs for the Padres. 

Venable had been in a bit of a slump before his stellar night, batting just .211 over his previous 10 games. 

Venable is now hitting .273/.333/.447 for the season. 


Padres CF Will Venable slugs fourth home run in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Padres center fielder Will Venable hit the first of his team's three home runs in the 6-2 win over the Reds on Friday. Venable launched his solo shot in the second inning to give the Padres an early 3-0 lead. He now has four home runs and 15 RBI on the season.

Venable, who also singled on Friday, now has three straight two-hit performances and is batting .272 on the season.


Padres CF Will Venable records two-run triple in win on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Padres center fielder Will Venable had a nice night in Tuesday's 7-2 victory over the Mets. Venable had two hits, inclduing his second triple of the season. He drove in two runs and scored once, as he upped his season batting average to .260.

His two-run triple in the second inning put his team up 4-1.

Venable has been playing fairly regularly with the absence of Wil Myers. Over his last 10 games (nine starts), Venable is batting .270 (10 for 37).


Padres C Derek Norris gets night off against Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is getting the night off as he's not in Monday's lineup against the Mets. 

Austin Hedges, batting eighth, is relpacing Norris behind the dish. Second baseman Cory Spangenberg is back in the lineup and hitting second. 

With the Padres facing right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom, outfielder Will Venable is batting leadoff. 


Padres CF Will Venable batting leadoff on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Padres center fielder Will Venable is batting leadoff on Saturday against the Pirates for just the second time this season, the team announced.

Venable, who has been hitting towards the bottom of the order this season, has hit from the leadoff spot more than any other position in his career. Venable is a career .259 hitter with 24 home runs and 93 RBI as a leadoff hitter. 


Padres CF Will Venable sits against lefty on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Padres outfielder Will Venable is out of the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Pirates. Venable had started each of the last eight games for the Padres, going 11 for 32 with a double and three RBI in that stretch.

But, with the Pirates throwing a left-hander on Friday, Venable will take a seat. He is just 2 for 9 against southpaws this season.

Switch-hitter Abraham Almonte will get the start in center field and bat seventh on Friday against starter Francisco Liriano. 


Padres OF Will Venable drives in two runs during loss to Angels


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Padres outfielder Will Venable accounted for two RBI in Monday evening's 4-3 loss to the Angels. 

Venable went 1 for 3 from the plate and hit a two-run single in the seventh inning that scored Jedd Gyorko and Yangervis Solarte. Venable also drew a walk during the game. 

For Venable, he now has 10 RBI this season. 

Venable has a batting average of .444 in his past five games. For the season, he holds a slash line of .293/.361/.467.


Padres' Will Venable, Cory Spangenberg combine for 7 hits


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) As a team, the Padres posted 20 hits in Sunday afternoon's 11-3 win over the Dodgers. 

Outfielder Will Venable and infielder Cory Spangenberg combined for seven of those hits in the win. Venable went 4 for 5 and scored three runs while Spangenberg went 3 for 5 with one run scored. 

Despite the barrage of hits and runs, neither recorded an RBI. 

For Venable, this marked the first time this season and the ninth time in his career that he's recorded four hits in a game. Venable now has a slash line of .292/.354/.472. 

This is the second time Spangenberg has recorded a three-hit game. He's slashing .236/.296/.371. 


Derek Norris, Alexi Amarista return to lineup for Padres


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is back in the lineup for Sunday's series-finale against the Dodgers. Norris will bat fifth. 

Norris had a day off on Saturday. Alexi Amarista is also back in the lineup and will play third base. This moves Cory Spangenberg from third to second base. Spangenberg will bat six Amarista will hit eighth. 

Outfielder Will Venable, who hit fifth on Saturday, will bat second Sunday. 


Padres' Black: It's good to see Will Venable playing like he is now


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) With Wil Myers and Yonder Alonso sidelined with injuries, Padres outfielder Will Venable is making the best of his recent playing time, per U-T San Diego.

Venable singled in a run and swiped a base in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Cubs. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26) with five runs scored, a double, a triple, a home run, three RBI and a .484 on-base percentage over his last eight games played.

"Will Venable is doing a nice job for us," manager Bud Black said. "Obviously, in the first five, six weeks of the season, he had to take a step back and he handled it so professionally. We run those guys out there every day and his starts were few and far between, but man, he hangs in there.

"He's always ready. He's always prepared. He's such a great team guy. It's good to see him playing like he is now and contributing. He's going to play now that (Myers) is down and Yonder's down. He's going to do his part."


Padres RF Will Venable drives in two runs Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Padres right fielder Will Venable went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs to help lead the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Venable hit a solo home run and triple during the game. He raised his batting average to .200. Prior to Friday's three-hit game, Venable had been 0 for 15 in his last 10 games


Padres' Wil Myers to make first career start at 1B on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Wil Myers will leadoff and make his first career start at first base for Padres on Friday in Arizona.

Will Venable will bat seventh and get his second start of the year in center field for the Padres.

Myers has only played the outfield during his two-plus years in the major leagues, occasionally serving as the designated hitter while with the Rays.


Padres OF Will Venable hits home run in win over Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Padres outfielder Will Venable hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Monday's 14-3 win over the Rockies. 

The homer is Venable's second of the season. With the Padres scoring nine runs in the first two innings, Venable came off the bench and entered the game in the fourth inning. He finished the game 1 of 2. 

Venable now has a slash line of .267/.267/.667. 


Padres' Justin Upton (quad) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs due to a quad strain.

It'll be the first game this season Upton hasn't started for the Padres. He's hit .326/.373/.630 with three home runs and eight RBI in 46 at-bats. He felt better after receiving postgame treatment, MLB.com reports, and the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

"We’re optimistic about it," manager Bud Black said before Sunday's game, per U-T San Diego. "We will watch it, treat it and hopefully it will be all right (Monday). And if not, hopefully Tuesday. We’re not going to push this. When you’re talking muscle strains, you never really know."

With Upton sidelined, Will Venable will draw the start in left field, while catcher Derek Norris will shift to the cleanup spot after not starting Saturday.

The Padres are underdogs (+120) in Chicago Sunday.


Padres' Will Venable hits solo home run in win over Giants


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Padres outfielder Will Venable hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of San Diego's 6-4 win over the Giants on Sunday. 

Venable hit the home run off of Yusmeiro Petit on the second pitch of the at-bat. Venable finished the game 1 of 4, which included a strikeout. His batting average through the first week of the sason is now .286. 


Wil Myers among the candidates to hit leadoff for Padres


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) The Padres don't have a prototypical leadoff hitter on their 40-man roster, so manager Bud Black is already trying to pare down the potential candidates he does have at his disposal, per U-T San Diego.

Yangervis Solarte, Will Venable, Cameron Maybin and Wil Myers -- let’s start there,” Black said of the options at the top of his list.

However, of that list of players, Myers is the only one assured of playing every day. He has a career .324 on-base percentage.


Report: Marlins show interest in Andy Dirks, Will Venable


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2015) Looking to add a fourth outfielder, the Marlins have expressed interest in outfielders Andy Dirks and Will Venable, reports MLB.com.

The left-handed Dirks missed the 2014 season after suffering from hamstring and back issues. Venable hit .224 with eight home runs and 33 RBI over 406 at-bats in 2014.


Report: Orioles interested in Padres' Will Venable, Seth Smith


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Orioles have continued dialogue with the Padres regarding trading for an outfielder, with Padres outfielders Will Venable and Seth Smith drawing the most interest from the team, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Either player would address the team's need for lefthanded hitters who fare well against righthanded pitching. While neither figures to receive significant playing time in San Diego after the Padres imported three outfielders via trade this offseason, either Smith or Venable would be expected to assume a platoon role with Baltimore at the outset of the season with the potential to earn a full-time starting position.


Gyorko, Smith, Maybin among Padres players tendered contracts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Padres have tendered contracts to 32 players, including seven that were already under contract for the 2015 season. Those seven include: right-hander Joaquin Benoit, left-hander Cory Luebke, infielder Jedd Gyorko and outfielders Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith and Will Venable.

Will Venable enters as pinch runner


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable, who hadn't played in any capacity since leaving Wednesday with a strained back, appeared as a pinch runner Sunday at Arizona.

The Padres return home Monday to play the Phillies.


Will Venable still out of lineup with back injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Will Venable was absent from the Padres' starting lineup for the third straight game with a strained back. He remains day to day with the injury. Cameron Maybin received the start in center field on Sunday at the Diamondbacks.

Will Venable remains out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game in Arizona.

Venable hasn't played since Wednesday due to a back strain. He has hit .222/.287/.318 line with six home runs, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases in 365 at-bats.