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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
3 .245 0 0 0 0 .262 0.0
Birth Date10-29-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 11 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
3.22010
2.02011
2.52012
2.22013
0.12014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 SDN 25 28 124 110 16 29 4 2 2 43 13 21 0 1 0 10 1 1 .264 .339 .391 .287 7.4 2.3 1.0
2009 SDN 26 95 324 293 38 75 14 2 12 129 25 89 4 0 2 38 6 1 .256 .323 .440 .268 10.7 0.7 1.2
2010 SDN 27 131 445 392 60 96 11 7 13 160 45 128 3 5 0 51 29 7 .245 .324 .408 .282 23.0 7.6 3.2
2011 SDN 28 121 411 370 49 91 14 7 9 146 31 92 5 4 1 44 26 3 .246 .310 .395 .277 18.5 0.5 2.0
2012 SDN 29 148 470 417 62 110 26 8 9 179 41 94 5 2 5 45 24 6 .264 .335 .429 .278 20.1 3.2 2.5
2013 SDN 30 151 515 481 64 129 22 8 22 233 29 118 2 1 2 53 22 6 .268 .312 .484 .281 19.6 0.7 2.2
2014 SDN 31 146 448 406 47 91 13 2 8 132 33 107 4 2 3 33 11 6 .224 .288 .325 .236 -2.1 3.1 0.1
Career820273724693366211043675102221764923151327411930.252.316.414.27197.218.012.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 EUG A- 42 156 .268 .248 .330 .367 .254 .283 100 1.2 3.8 -1.3 0.3 0.9 4.3 0.5 4.3 0.5
2006 FTW A 124 541 .313 .247 .317 .353 .251 .360 114 20.7 10.7 -2.8 0.6 3.3 32.1 3.4 32.1 3.4
2007 SAN AA 134 572 .257 .263 .339 .404 .259 .315 94 -2 17.6 -5.3 11.3 3.5 16.8 2.8 16.8 2.8
2008 SDN MLB 28 124 .287 .269 .339 .423 .269 .307 89 3.7 3.6 0.3 2.3 1.3 7.4 1.0 7.4 1.0
2008 POR AAA 120 496 .277 .275 .348 .440 .257 .351 103 9.7 15.2 0.2 -13.0 0.7 23.4 1.0 23.4 1.0
2009 SDN MLB 95 324 .268 .255 .321 .405 .257 .328 86 2.8 9.3 -2.5 0.7 1.0 10.7 1.2 10.7 1.2
2009 POR AAA 53 226 .317 .270 .338 .417 .274 .280 87 13.9 6.6 0.4 -3.2 0.4 21.3 1.8 21.3 1.8
2010 SDN MLB 131 445 .282 .255 .319 .399 .264 .324 85 10 12.3 -3 7.6 4.0 23.0 3.2 23.0 3.2
2010 LEL A+ 5 18 .152 .290 .367 .439 .284 .167 90 -2.1 0.5 -0.2 -0.1 -0.4 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2010 SAN AA 2 8 .312 .270 .343 .396 .262 .500 77 0.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.4 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2011 SDN MLB 121 411 .277 .249 .312 .386 .257 .300 89 7 11.1 -3.3 0.5 3.3 18.5 2.0 18.5 2.0
2011 TUC AAA 14 64 .270 .298 .367 .480 .277 .302 112 0.8 2.0 -0.7 -0.1 1.0 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2012 SDN MLB 148 470 .278 .254 .319 .400 .262 .320 95 8.5 12.9 -3.5 3.2 3.8 20.1 2.5 20.1 2.5
2013 SDN MLB 151 515 .281 .255 .315 .394 .258 .313 98 10.2 13.5 -2.1 0.7 2.1 19.6 2.2 19.6 2.2
2014 SDN MLB 146 448 .236 .251 .311 .385 .260 .283 92 -10.3 11.6 -1.3 3.1 -1.0 -2.1 0.1 -2.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 EUG A- 156 17 30 5 2 2 14 14 38 2 1 .216 .297 .324 .108 .268 4.3 0.3 0.5
2006 FTW A 541 86 148 34 5 11 91 55 81 18 5 .314 .393 .477 .163 .313 32.1 0.6 3.4
2007 SAN AA 572 66 143 19 3 8 68 38 84 21 2 .278 .336 .373 .095 .257 16.8 11.3 2.8
2008 SDN MLB 124 16 29 4 2 2 10 13 21 1 1 .264 .339 .391 .127 .287 7.4 2.3 1.0
2008 POR AAA 496 70 129 26 4 14 58 44 103 7 3 .292 .360 .464 .172 .277 23.4 -13.0 1.0
2009 SDN MLB 324 38 75 14 2 12 38 25 89 6 1 .256 .323 .440 .184 .268 10.7 0.7 1.2
2009 POR AAA 226 33 52 10 3 12 30 20 46 1 0 .260 .332 .520 .260 .317 21.3 -3.2 1.8
2010 SDN MLB 445 60 96 11 7 13 51 45 128 29 7 .245 .324 .408 .163 .282 23.0 7.6 3.2
2010 SAN AA 8 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .312 0.9 -0.1 0.1
2010 LEL A+ 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 8 1 0 .071 .278 .143 .071 .152 -2.1 -0.1 -0.2
2011 TUC AAA 64 14 16 3 2 3 11 5 13 3 0 .276 .328 .552 .276 .270 2.2 -0.1 0.2
2011 SDN MLB 411 49 91 14 7 9 44 31 92 26 3 .246 .310 .395 .149 .277 18.5 0.5 2.0
2012 SDN MLB 470 62 110 26 8 9 45 41 94 24 6 .264 .335 .429 .165 .278 20.1 3.2 2.5
2013 SDN MLB 515 64 129 22 8 22 53 29 118 22 6 .268 .312 .484 .216 .281 19.6 0.7 2.2
2014 SDN MLB 448 47 91 13 2 8 33 33 107 11 6 .224 .288 .325 .101 .236 -2.1 3.1 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 454 0.4714 0.4339 0.7970 0.5654 0.3167 0.8926 0.6447 0.2030
2009 1252 0.4840 0.4916 0.7350 0.6650 0.3282 0.8288 0.5566 0.2634
2010 1776 0.4690 0.4772 0.7226 0.6315 0.3404 0.7833 0.6231 0.2763
2011 1560 0.4776 0.4910 0.7546 0.6564 0.3399 0.8016 0.6715 0.2428
2012 1796 0.4671 0.4774 0.7804 0.6520 0.3229 0.8574 0.6440 0.2196
2013 1981 0.4584 0.5210 0.7692 0.6993 0.3691 0.8614 0.6212 0.2279
2014 1700 0.4653 0.4791 0.7543 0.6460 0.3333 0.8904 0.5248 0.2420
Career105190.46920.48770.75580.65490.33910.84080.61060.2423

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-11 2014-09-14 DTD 3 2 - Low Back Strain -
2014-05-26 2014-05-28 DTD 2 2 Right Foot Soreness -
2014-03-27 2014-03-30 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2013-09-23 2013-09-25 DTD 2 2 - Abdomen Strain - -
2013-07-01 2013-07-04 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-03-10 2013-03-15 Camp 5 0 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-06-04 2012-06-09 DTD 5 4 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-09-15 2011-09-23 DTD 8 6 - Back Soreness - -
2011-07-29 2011-08-02 DTD 4 4 - Back Spasms - -
2011-05-17 2011-05-18 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Soreness Sliding -
2011-03-21 2011-03-22 Camp 1 0 Trunk Soreness Side -
2011-03-13 2011-03-18 Camp 5 0 Trunk Soreness Side -
2010-09-27 2010-09-29 DTD 2 2 Low Back Soreness -
2010-07-02 2010-07-21 15-DL 19 13 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-06-05 2010-06-06 DTD 1 1 Neck Soreness -
2009-09-15 2009-09-16 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-06-25 2009-06-29 DTD 4 4 Left Wrist Soreness -
2008-04-17 2008-04-28 Minors 11 0 Left Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 SDN $4,250,000
2014 SDN $4,250,000
2013 SDN $2,675,000
2012 SDN $1,475,000
2011 SDN $444,400
2010 SDN $412,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$5,007,200
2011Current$4,250,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$9,257,200
1 yrFuture$4,250,000
6 yrTotal$13,507,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 155 dTurner Gary Sports1 year/$2.675M (2013)

Details
  • 2 years/$8.5M (2014-15). Signed extension with San Diego 9/3/13. 14:$4.25M, 15:$4.25M.
  • 1 year/$2.675M (2013). Re-signed by San Diego 1/16/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.475M (2012). Re-signed by San Diego 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4444M (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4128M (2010). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4023M (2009). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by San Diego 8/29/08.
  • Drafted by San Diego 2005 (7-218) (Princeton). $0.12M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 602 91 150 26 8 21 70 51 138 32 7 .277 .341 .471 .295 36.0 RF 3, CF -2 4.0
80o 586 87 140 24 7 20 66 48 137 30 7 .266 .329 .452 .284 29.2 RF 3, CF -2 3.2
70o 574 83 134 23 7 19 63 46 136 29 6 .258 .321 .439 .277 24.5 RF 3, CF -2 2.7
60o 564 81 129 22 7 18 60 44 135 27 6 .252 .313 .428 .271 20.6 RF 3, CF -2 2.3
50o 555 78 123 21 7 17 58 42 134 26 6 .246 .307 .418 .265 17.0 RF 3, CF -2 1.9
40o 546 75 119 21 6 17 56 41 134 25 6 .240 .300 .408 .259 13.6 RF 3, CF -2 1.5
30o 536 73 114 20 6 16 53 39 133 24 5 .234 .292 .397 .252 10.0 RF 3, CF -2 1.1
20o 524 70 109 19 6 15 51 37 131 23 5 .226 .284 .384 .245 6.1 RF 2, CF -2 0.7
10o 508 65 100 17 5 14 47 34 129 21 5 .216 .272 .367 .235 0.8 RF 2, CF -2 0.1
Weighted Mean55778125227175843135276.247.308.420.26617.7RF 3, CF -22.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 45% 9% 8% 94%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201532250285192627186311.229.288.374.2410.43.61.1-0.713.2-10.10.2
201633250275092626196310.220.282.363.2350.00.10.9-0.812.5-12.50.2
20173425027519262519649.224.285.358.234-0.1-0.90.7-0.814.9-15.70.2
201835281295710362820719.222.281.353.232-0.2-2.30.5-1.014.9-16.70.2
201936312336311373122809.218.277.348.228-0.5-4.90.2-1.214.9-18.80.3
2020376316312222512584616216.212.272.329.222-1.1-10.4-0.0-2.614.9-22.70.5
20213825025498252317646.215.272.328.220-0.8-7.8-0.2-1.111.1-17.60.2
20223925025488252317665.210.268.326.218-1.3-11.8-0.3-1.214.9-25.30.2
20234025024478242217664.205.262.314.211-1.7-15.7-0.4-1.314.9-29.00.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
40.518.11013.66.45.788.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Ryan Church 2010 .224
2 85 Shawn Green 2004 .281
3 85 Xavier Nady 2010 .237
4 84 George Hendrick 1981 .307
5 83 Michael Cuddyer 2010 .254
6 83 Ryan Ludwick 2010 .284
7 83 Larry Walker 1998 .326
8 83 Jose Guillen 2007 .292
9 82 Tim Salmon 2000 .305
10 82 Jonny Gomes 2012 .318
11 82 Bobby Bonilla 1994 .291
12 81 Jay Buhner 1996 .301
13 81 Scott Hairston 2011 .278
14 81 Juan Gonzalez 2001 .314
15 81 Johnny Blanchard 1964 .292
16 80 Garrett Jones 2012 .306
17 80 Dave Parker 1982 .274
18 80 Tony Oliva 1970 .311
19 80 Fred Lewis 2012 .197
20 80 Reggie Smith 1976 .292
21 80 Andre Dawson 1986 .281
22 80 Jayson Werth 2010 .338
23 80 Alfonso Soriano 2007 .291
24 80 Richie Zisk 1980 .283
25 80 Ben Francisco 2013 .180
26 79 Cody Ross 2012 .289
27 79 Jeromy Burnitz 2000 .272
28 79 Roberto Clemente 1966 .334
29 79 Dwight Evans 1983 .268
30 79 Craig Monroe 2008 .243
31 79 Bobby Abreu 2005 .313
32 79 Cliff Floyd 2004 .286
33 79 Gabe Gross 2011 .000 DNP
34 79 Ron Gant 1996 .292
35 79 Hank Bauer 1954 .290
36 78 Eric Hinske 2009 .272
37 78 Brad Hawpe 2010 .259
38 78 Ryan Spilborghs 2011 .200
39 78 Mike Easler 1982 .267
40 78 Jim Edmonds 2001 .324
41 78 Raul Mondesi 2002 .253
42 78 Ben Broussard 2008 .178
43 78 Jimmy Wynn 1973 .279
44 78 Jim Rice 1984 .268
45 78 Rick Ankiel 2011 .245
46 78 Torii Hunter 2007 .284
47 78 Trot Nixon 2005 .282
48 78 Dave Winfield 1983 .298
49 78 J.D. Drew 2007 .285
50 78 Bobby Bonds 1977 .311
51 78 Kirk Gibson 1988 .317
52 78 Jesse Barfield 1991 .261
53 77 Roger Maris 1966 .269
54 77 Luke Scott 2009 .277
55 77 Jeff Burroughs 1982 .312
56 77 Matthew Lecroy 2007 .142
57 77 Aaron Rowand 2009 .259
58 77 Ken Griffey 2001 .300
59 77 Ron Northey 1951 .000 DNP
60 77 Chet Lemon 1986 .266
61 77 Al Ferrara 1971 .205
62 77 Kevin McReynolds 1991 .273
63 77 Mack Jones 1970 .316
64 77 Jose Cruz 1979 .297
65 76 George Altman 1964 .231
66 76 Magglio Ordonez 2005 .282
67 76 Corey Hart 2013 .000 DNP
68 76 Glenn Davis 1992 .285
69 76 Wilson Betemit 2013 -.032
70 76 Bob Allison 1966 .286
71 76 Johnny Briggs 1975 .293
72 76 Sixto Lezcano 1985 .270
73 76 Billy Williams 1969 .292
74 76 Josh Willingham 2010 .315
75 76 Jeff Baker 2012 .236
76 76 David Justice 1997 .336
77 76 Larry Hisle 1978 .334
78 76 Roy Sievers 1958 .313
79 76 Ryan Raburn 2012 .175
80 76 Ty Wigginton 2009 .234
81 75 Rocky Colavito 1965 .325
82 75 Nelson Cruz 2012 .278
83 75 Orlando Cepeda 1969 .277
84 75 Jimmie Hall 1969 .239
85 75 Ernie Banks 1962 .284
86 75 Andy Pafko 1952 .299
87 75 Bobby Murcer 1977 .278
88 75 Charlie Maxwell 1958 .290
89 75 Rick Monday 1977 .258
90 75 Matt Stairs 1999 .297
91 75 Benny Ayala 1982 .300
92 75 Dustan Mohr 2007 .150
93 75 Ben Oglivie 1980 .328
94 75 Willie Horton 1974 .324
95 75 Jason Kubel 2013 .225
96 75 Andre Ethier 2013 .284
97 75 Gary Matthews 1982 .273
98 75 Gil Hodges 1955 .295
99 75 Darryl Strawberry 1993 .230
100 75 Joe Torre 1972 .298

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .254 .303 .450 .274
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .322 .457 .279
18 Split (Multi) .012 .019 .007 .005
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .276 .309 .524 .297
31 vs R (2013) .266 .313 .473 .274
38 Split (2013) -.010 .004 -.050 -.023
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Venable did what he always does, which is flash each of the five tools in tantalizing fashion and have a nice season that seems disappointing in light of expectations created by those tantalizing tools. He is a plus defender in right field who can hold his own in center if needed. He is a graceful runner with long, easy strides and will take the extra base if he sees the opportunity. Venable wasn't the automatic out against lefties last year that he had been in the past, but he still profiles best as a platoon player. He continues to tighten his strike zone and make improvements to his game. Although his production will never match his athleticism, he is a useful player.
2012 Venable is one of the Padres' most exhilarating and exasperating players. He can drive the ball to left-center with backspin and make Petco Park, which destroys left-handed hitters, look small. He can play all three outfield spots and run the bases like Dave Winfield. But Venable focused more on basketball at Princeton, and years later, it shows. He still expands his strike zone too often and is clueless against southpaws (.212/.289/.261 for his career). Venable is a fantastic athlete who sometimes appears to be feeling his way around the diamond in a manner that calls to mind, say, Al Martin. There are very few things that Venable cannot do on the ball field. There are fewer still that he can do with any degree of consistency.
2011 The narrative surrounding the late-blooming Venable has largely concerned his respective merits and shortcomings as a fourth outfielder and a full-time player, respectively. The former Princeton basketball and baseball standout's unadjusted numbers makes him look like the former, but as with anyone who plays in Petco, those stats are meaningless unless taken in context. The proper adjustments reveal Venable to be not only deserving of full-time status, but well above average and one of the Padres' key contributors. Throw in quality defense in a corner and more than passable in center with range and an accurate arm, and you can see why Venable is an under-appreciated piece of the Padres puzzle. Like any lefty, Venable will never hit well at Petco (.221/.298/.379 at home since 2009), but his road numbers (.277/.348/.463) and defensive contributions more than make up for that unfortunate failing. A late-season change to his batting stance that raised his elbow higher off of the ground to create a shorter and straighter path to the ball may mean fewer strikeouts and more hits to come in 2011.
2010 Venable impressed the Padres so much late last season that he will enter 2010 as a starter. His power and athleticism make him intriguing, who believe the son of former major-league outfielder Max Venable has more upside than most 27-year-olds because he did not start playing baseball until his senior year of high school, and also concentrated on basketball in college as he was a two-time all-Ivy League guard at Princeton. They would prefer he play right field, but he could wind up as the center fielder if the need arises. Venable has showed good power potential, slugging over .500 against righties and away from Petco, but his plate discipline has been an issue. At worst, he should at least have a career as a solid platoon outfielder.
2009 The son of former big-leaguer Max, Will was better known for his basketball accomplishments as an amateur, where he was an all-Ivy League point guard at Princeton. He wasn't good enough for the NBA, but he was good enough for a shot in the minors, and it paid off for him when he reached the big leagues last year. He's a decent athlete with a nice feel for the game, but messing around on the boards kept him from playing a full season on the diamond until he was 23; for a player in his mid-20s, he could use some developing. There's a dusting of power, a smattering of speed, and the always-useful ability to play all three outfield positions, so he should find a spot on a bench somewhere, just like dad.
2007 Not your average tools guy, Venable`s an Ivy Leaguer with skills (assuming Princeton`s cranking out better products than Woodrow Wilson these days). Developmentally, Venable`s still a bit on the raw side for a guy who`s already 24, but he focused on hoops in college and has already made fast progress. In Fort Wayne, he had the pleasure of having his dad (Max, the former big league outfielder) as his hitting coach, but, from here on out, he won`t get to hang around one level; the Pads want to see him move up fast. He might get caught as a tweener, because he probably doesn`t have the instincts or arm to stick in center, but if he makes the jump to Double-A this summer and keeps hitting, he`ll get onto big-league radars.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Know small sample size and all, but what do you make of Will Venable so far this season?
(Iggles Fan from NY)
My thoughts are SSS. He's still a nice speed/power blend, but he was a borderline top-40 OF to begin with. If he's on the waiver wire I take a look at him, but don't make room for him, necessarily. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Will Venable? Drafted him as my fourth outfielder but there seem to be mixed feelings about him.
(Professor Affenlight from Westish College)
I think that's great value for him. He's a power/speed guy and while he's not going to go 30/30 or anything, it's an extremely useful profile. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I appreciated the conversation about head-to-head playoffs on the recent ToP podcast. If you had a pick one or two under-the-radar but potentially difference making bats and arms for September, who might they be?
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
You mean guys that are free agents? I already mentioned Hector Santiago in another question, but for a guy with his numbers he gets no love. If your league is heavily skewed toward wins, maybe he's not such a good idea; otherwise, what's not to like.

Will Venable is an interesting guy, especially in H2H where you're talking points and BA/OBP won't drag you down. The runs/RBI aren't great, but the power/speed/XBH tend to count more in H2H. He's 5.4% in ESPN as I write this. He's underrated for H2H. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any underrated guys you would target in an NL Only league?
(Mat from Fort Myers)
Will Venable is a guy I like. He only went for $9 in CBS but has the potential to earn $15-20 easily. David DeJesus seems like he had a down year last year but earned $14 in NL-only. Daniel Murphy is another guy who didn't do much in HR/SB but more than earned his keep. (Mike Gianella)
2012-01-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Pujols and Fielder now in the AL, how many NL players are the type of guy that casual fans will know and want to buy a ticket to see? Lincecum? Strasburg? I'm struggling to find a few.
(Stay Gold, Man from Outsiders)
You mean besides Will Venable? It does seem like the NL is in a bit of a down cycle when it comes to minting sluggers. There is still Joey Votto and Matt Kemp, maybe Ryan Braun doesn't get suspended, and someone like Justin Upton steps into a greater light, or Mike Stanton captures the world's attention... I would buy a ticket to watch Troy Tulowitzki play. (Steven Goldman)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I am high on Will Venable as my 5th OF in mixed leagues. What do you think of him?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
I'm a fan. The tough home ballpark masks that he has decent power, but he'll have a green light again this year, especially if he leads off regularly, and should top 30 SB's with 15 or so homers. That's good stuff even if he only hits in the .250's. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's a Will Venable?
(Colin Wyers from Davenport, IA)
This will never get old. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Padres need a bat more than an arm, no?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Not really. Here's the problem--if the Padres get a bat, they need that bat to be good enough defensively (and enough of an upgrade offensively) to counter the fact that losing playing time of Will Venable or Thin Gwynn is going to hurt their defense. There is no one available on the market for hitters who fits that criteria that they can acquire without giving up far too much of their post-2010 team. The need for a pitcher is there for a few reasons--Correia is the weak link in the rotation, so an upgrade on him would be appreciated, and Latos is going to need to miss time in order to keep his number of starts down, per Jed Hoyer. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Venable: Any reason to get excited or a small sample fluke. His minor league numbers weren't much, but he also didn't concentrate on baseball until he was older.
(dcoonce from bloomington indiana)
I like Venable. He's a good defender, and his bat is good enough when you combine it with the glove. Petco may make him look worse than he is, but I have faith he can be solid in the future. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Some love for KT and his young guys in San Diego? You saw them at 60 wins this year.
(JC from Hoboken)
Yeah, they've played better than I expected them to. They play the park well, finding relief pitchers who can be effective there. Chase Headley has started to come around, and Everth Cabrera isn't that bad. I'm just wondering how many guys responsible for the decent season are good enough to contribute to a real contender. Is Will Venable or Kevin Correia someone you build around? I doubt it. (Joe Sheehan)


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