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25 Will Venable CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 10/29/1982 | Birthplace: Greenbrae, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: San Diego | College: Princeton | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,675,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/4 | Average Draft Position: 247.20
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Will Venable goes deep as pinch-hitter Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable didn't get the start but made his impact felt as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Venable took Matt Stites deep for a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel his team to a 7-4 win over Arizona. He finished 1 for 1 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .223 with six homers and 27 RBI over 336 at-bats.

Will Venable knocks fourth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 12-1 win over the Cardinals Wednesday.

Venable was just 1 for 14 in his last five games heading into Wednesday. He put his team up 4-0 with an RBI single in the fourth inning and capped off an eight-run seventh inning with a three-run home run. Venable has hit .212/.264/.306 with four home runs, 21 RBI and six stolen bases in 288 at-bats.


Will Venable keys Saturday win for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Where there was a Will, there was a way for the Padres on Saturday against the White Sox. That is, outfielder Will Venable, who went 4 for 4 with two doubles, including one that drove in the first run of the game.

Venable raised his average from .194 to .213 with his first four-hit game since August 17.


Will Venable singles in two at-bats off bench Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable went 1 for 2 with a single in his team's 12-6 loss to the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Venable, who hadn't played since Saturday due to a foot injury, came on in a double-switch in the fifth inning and remained in for the remainder of the game. He has hit .194/.270/.263 with one home run and eight RBI in 160 at-bats.


Will Venable remains out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable remains out of the starting lineup in Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Venable hasn't played since Sunday while dealing with soreness in his right foot. He has hit .190/.267/.259 with one home run and eight RBI in 158 at-bats.


Foot keeps Will Venable on the sidelines


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable is out of the lineup yet again Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, due to soreness in his right foot. The injury is lingering from being hit in Sunday's game, and he remains day to day moving forward. 

Will Venable scratched Monday due to sore foot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable was a late scratch Monday against the Diamondbacks in Arizona because of a sore right foot. Alexi Amarista replaced Venable in the lineup.

Venable was hit on the foot by a Jason Hammel pitch in the first inning of Sunday's win over the Cubs, but played the entire game. He is hitting .190 with one home run and eight RBI in 158 at-bats.

Switch at top of order not helping Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The flip-flop of Everth Cabrera and Will Venable in the Padres lineup has not sparked either. Cabrera was moved to second in the order with Venable leading off beginning May 5.

Since then, Cabrera is 7 for 31. His average has dropped from .295 to .252 since late April. Venable is 5 for 30 since May 5 and hitless in four of the eight games he's played. His .248 on-base percentage precludes any chance of effectiveness as a leadoff hitter.


Will Venable delivers walk-off hit, confident boast


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Center fielder Will Venable is hitting .193 after his walk-off single lifted the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Royals on Monday. It was Venable's only hit in six at-bats.

But last year's team MVP is confident he'll finish with numbers similar to last year, when he hit .268 with 22 homers and 22 steals.

"My numbers are going to be what they are -- the same numbers that I put up every other year, and that just means that I got a lot of hits coming, so I'm excited," Venable told the San Diego Union-Tribune before Monday's game.


Will Venable ice cold following strong finish last season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable's batting average dropped below the Mendoza Line following a 0-for-4 performance Wednesday at San Francisco.

Venable is mired in an 8-for-47 slump in his last 15 games (13 starts), dropping his season average to .198. It gets even worse for Venable, who had no home runs and just two RBI in his first 29 games.

Venable has gotten off to a cold start in 2014 after a strong finish in 2013. Venable hit .315 with a .549 slugging percentage, .906 OPS, 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 21 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 62 games in the second half last season.


Will Venable slow to get started at the plate


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable went hitless in four at-bats Friday to extend his hitless steak to three games and nine at-bats.

Venable went 3 for 7 in his first two games but has struggled considerably since, managing only three more hits in 28 at-bats. He's still looking for his first home run and first RBI of the season. Venable has hit .171/.194/.200 in 35 at-bats.


Will Venable records single in opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable, who was limited last week with a back injury, got the start on Sunday against the Dodgers.

Venable slapped a single off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the second inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3 in a 3-1 victory.

Venable hit .268/.312/.484 in 481 at-bats last season.


Will Venable gets the nod for Sunday night


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable will get the start Sunday night.

Venable was limited the past couple days due to a back injury. He was considered questionable entering the game. Venable will play center field, and hit seventh against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Last season, Venable hit .268/.312/.484 in 481 at-bats.


Will Venable sidelined by back issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable was scratched from Friday's lineup after his back acted up, U-T San Diego reports.

Venable is day-to-day with the issue. He's hit just .216/.245/.333 in 51 at-bats this spring.


Will Venable scores twice in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Padres outfielder Will Venable was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, after missing the previous two games with an abdominal injury. Venable led off the game, finishing 1 for 4 with two runs scored in a 12-2 win.

With just a handful of games remaining in the season, Venable is hitting .268/.311/.480, with 22 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 53 RBI in 471 at-bats. 


Will Venable back in lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Padres outfielder Will Venable is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks. He missed Monday and Tuesday due to an abdominal injury.

Leading off Wednesday, Venable has hit .268/.310/.482 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 467 at-bats.


Will Venable could return before end of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Padres manager Bud Black believes that outfielder Will Venable could return at some point this week, according to MLB.com. Venable had been dealing with an abdominal issue. He has not played since Sept. 22.

"We are going to stay away from Will again today," Black said. "We are going to see how this abdominal strain continues to progress, but we are hopeful that he will be back in there. I know that he feels as though he can help us win."


Will Venable might be finished in 2013


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Padres outfielder Will Venable may not play again this season, MLB.com reports Monday. Manager Bud Black says Venable is dealing with an "abdominal situation."

"It's where the hip flexor meets the abdomen, he's a little sore," Black said. "We are going to keep an eye on him for the next 24, 48 hours."

Venable has had a solid year for the Padres with a .268 average, 22 homers and 22 stolen bases. 


Will Venable pull-hitting his way to power


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/3/2013) Over the course of a six-year big league career, Will Venable has shown just moderate power for an outfielder, so I've been a skeptic of his increased home run clout. Still, it's hard to ignore that 14 of his homers have come at the Padres' home park, and that equals Venable's output at PETCO Park over the previous three seasons combined. A glance at Venable's spray chart hints at a new approach that could explain his newfound 20-homer power.

Venable has been pulling the ball more this season than in the past, and 16 of his 20 home runs have been to right field. According to the hit location data on Baseball-Reference.com, Venable pulled 27 percent of his hit balls in 2011 and 29 percent last season, but this year, that mark has risen to 42 percent.

While Venable doesn't get on base much and he is not stealing quite as much as in recent seasons, his increased power has landed him among the top 50 outfielders in Fantasy points and top 40 in Rotisserie value. He should be able to sustain his production through the season's final weeks, making him worthy of starting in standard mixed leagues -- especially those that use a categories format.


Padres lock up Will Venable


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Padres have signed outfielder Will Venable to a two-year $8.5 million extension Tuesday. 

The deal will cover the first two years of arbitration for Venable. He's set to make $4.25 million each season. Venable is hitting .273/.315/.502 in 400 at-bats. 


Will Venable more than a hot-hand play?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2013) Right now, Will Venable is on a hot streak, batting .373 with nine homers, six steals and a 1.091 OPS in his last 35 games. You may not care that he's on a hot streak because you've trained yourself to ignore his hot streaks, him being a platoon player and all.

Oh, but check that game log again. The last time the venerable Will Venable wasn't in the starting lineup was July 28. The Padres have faced six left-handed starters since then.

Maybe Carlos Quentin's absence has something to do with it, but for at least the time being, Venable has earned manager Bud Black's trust on an everyday basis. Considering he's batting .278 (20 for 72) with six homers and an .890 OPS against lefties, that trust is deserved.

Yes, it's a hot streak that's sure to end soon, given Venable's track record and poor plate discipline. But considering he's practically a 20-20 guy already this season, he doesn't need to be at his hottest to deserve a look in mixed leagues. As long as he's playing every day, he's at least as usable as Alejandro De Aza.


Will Venable fills up stat sheet in loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Padres outfielder Will Venable delivered a big performance in his team's 3-2 loss to the Cubs Saturday, going 3 for 4 with a solo home run and a stolen base. It was his second straight day going 3 for 4 with a homer, giving him a .273/.313/.514 line with 19 home runs, 46 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 366 at-bats.

Hard work 'paying off' for Will Venable


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Padres outfielder Will Venable pushed his hitting streak to 15 games Sunday against the Mets with a 2-for-5 performance. Venable had a solo home run and drove in two runs.

Venable is batting .377 (23 for 61) with a .754 slugging percentage, 1.160 OPS, two triples, four doubles, five home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs and five stolen bases in his last 15 games.

"What I've seen in Will is he's a tinkerer with his stance and in the batter's box," manager Bud Black said, per U-T San Diego. "What I'm seeing now is consistency with his approach and his stance. His hard work is paying off."


Will Venable keeps offensive surge alive in August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Padres outfielder Will Venable homered for the second straight game and third time in August Saturday against the Reds. All three home runs this month have been solo homers.

Venable has hit safely in seven straight games. He's batting .409 (9 for 22) with one double, one triple, three home runs, three RBI, three walks, four stolen bases and five runs in that span.

Venable has been on a roll offensively since mid-July. He is batting .385 with a .723 slugging percentage and 1.160 OPS in his last 20 games (17 starts). He has one triple, five doubles, five home runs, seven RBI and 11 runs in that span.


Several Padres drawing interest on trade market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley, outfielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street are all likely to stay put as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, there is major interest for Padres setup man Luke Gregerson.

The Tigers are known to have interest in Gregerson, while 2-3 more teams are said to be in heavy pursuit of the right-handed reliever. Gregerson isn't a free agent until after the 2015 season.

Gregerson isn't the only Padres' player being discussed in trade talks. Heyman reports starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, reliever Joe Thatcher, outfielders Chris Denorfia, Will Venable and Kyle Blanks, as well as infielder Logan Forsythe are drawing interest.