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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
12 3146 .249 .315 .404 90 4.5
Birth Date10-29-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 SDN 25 28 124 29 4 2 2 13 21 0 1 1 .264 .339 .391 87 -1.7 1.3 0.3 0.4
2009 SDN 26 95 324 75 14 2 12 25 89 4 6 1 .256 .323 .440 89 -3.6 1.0 -1.2 0.3
2010 SDN 27 131 445 96 11 7 13 45 128 3 29 7 .245 .324 .408 96 -1.7 4.0 4.0 1.6
2011 SDN 28 121 411 91 14 7 9 31 92 5 26 3 .246 .310 .395 92 -3.0 3.3 0.0 0.9
2012 SDN 29 148 470 110 26 8 9 41 94 5 24 6 .264 .335 .429 98 -1.0 3.8 -2.2 1.1
2013 SDN 30 151 515 129 22 8 22 29 118 2 22 6 .268 .312 .484 102 1.8 2.1 -6.1 1.0
2014 SDN 31 146 448 91 13 2 8 33 107 4 11 6 .224 .288 .325 76 -11.2 -1.0 -1.3 -0.4
2015 SDN 32 98 308 73 10 3 6 25 73 0 11 1 .258 .318 .378 74 -8.1 1.7 -5.2 -0.3
2015 TEX 32 37 82 12 3 0 0 12 21 2 5 0 .182 .325 .227 76 -2.0 0.1 0.3 0.0
2016 LAN 33 12 19 1 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 .056 .105 .111 66 -0.7 0.1 -0.2 0.0
Career967314670711839812547482613531.249.315.40490-31.316.7-11.64.5

Statistics for All Levels

'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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 EUG A- NWN 42 156 .246 .320 .361 .283 102 0.8 3.8 -1.3 63 0 -0.9 1.1 -5.6 -0.3
2006 FTW A MDW 124 541 .247 .317 .353 .360 114 20.7 10.7 -2.8 144 0 7.3 3.3 4.4 2.4
2007 SAN AA TXS 134 572 .263 .339 .404 .315 94 -2 17.6 -5.3 100 0 13.9 3.5 1.1 3.1
2008 SDN MLB NL 28 124 .269 .339 .423 .307 89 3.7 3.6 0.3 87 12 0.3 1.3 -1.7 0.4
2008 POR AAA PCL 120 496 .275 .348 .440 .351 103 9.7 15.2 0.2 113 0 -19.0 0.7 2.6 0.0
2009 SDN MLB NL 95 324 .255 .321 .405 .328 86 2.8 9.3 -2.5 89 13 -1.2 1.0 -3.6 0.3
2009 POR AAA PCL 53 226 .270 .338 .417 .280 87 13.9 6.6 0.4 113 0 -4.5 0.4 4.1 0.7
2010 SDN MLB NL 131 445 .255 .319 .399 .324 85 10 12.3 -3 96 9 4.0 4.0 -1.7 1.6
2010 LEL A+ CLF 5 18 .290 .367 .439 .167 87 -2.2 0.5 -0.2 33 0 -0.2 -0.4 -1.3 -0.2
2010 SAN AA TXS 2 8 .270 .343 .396 .500 77 0.4 0.2 -0.1 118 0 -0.1 0.4 0.2 0.1
2011 SDN MLB NL 121 411 .249 .312 .386 .300 89 6.7 11.1 -3.3 92 10 0.0 3.3 -3.0 0.9
2011 TUC AAA PCL 14 64 .298 .367 .480 .302 112 0.8 2.0 -0.7 76 0 -1.0 1.0 -1.7 0.0
2012 SDN MLB NL 148 470 .254 .319 .400 .320 96 8.1 12.9 -3.5 98 11 -2.2 3.8 -1.0 1.1
2013 SDN MLB NL 151 515 .255 .315 .394 .313 97 10.6 13.5 -2.1 102 9 -6.1 2.1 1.8 1.0
2014 SDN MLB NL 146 448 .251 .311 .385 .283 94 -11.6 11.6 -1.3 76 11 -1.3 -1.0 -11.2 -0.4
2015 SDN MLB NL 98 308 .256 .316 .403 .328 93 -3.4 8.3 0.1 74 7 -5.2 1.7 -8.1 -0.3
2015 TEX MLB AL 37 82 .261 .322 .420 .267 106 -2.9 2.2 -0.4 76 7 0.3 0.1 -2.0 0.0
2016 LAN MLB NL 12 19 .252 .319 .402 .077 83 -3.4 0.5 -0.1 66 12 -0.2 0.1 -0.7 0.0
2016 LEH AAA INT 41 149 .253 .319 .379 .242 103 -5 4.2 -1.1 75 0 1.9 1.6 -5.6 0.1
2016 OKL AAA PCL 46 172 .266 .335 .404 .325 96 1.3 4.8 -0.8 104 0 -5.0 2.7 -1.8 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2005 EUG A- NWN 156 139 17 30 5 2 2 45 14 14 38 2 1 .216 .297 .324 .108 0 0
2006 FTW A MDW 541 472 86 148 34 5 11 225 91 55 81 18 5 .314 .393 .477 .163 1 1
2007 SAN AA TXS 572 515 66 143 19 3 8 192 68 38 84 21 2 .278 .336 .373 .095 5 5
2008 SDN MLB NL 124 110 16 29 4 2 2 43 10 13 21 1 1 .264 .339 .391 .127 1 0
2008 POR AAA PCL 496 442 70 129 26 4 14 205 58 44 103 7 3 .292 .360 .464 .172 3 3
2009 POR AAA PCL 226 200 33 52 10 3 12 104 30 20 46 1 0 .260 .332 .520 .260 1 1
2009 SDN MLB NL 324 293 38 75 14 2 12 129 38 25 89 6 1 .256 .323 .440 .184 0 2
2010 SAN AA TXS 8 6 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 2 2 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 0 0
2010 SDN MLB NL 445 392 60 96 11 7 13 160 51 45 128 29 7 .245 .324 .408 .163 5 0
2010 LEL A+ CLF 18 14 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 8 1 0 .071 .278 .143 .071 0 0
2011 SDN MLB NL 411 370 49 91 14 7 9 146 44 31 92 26 3 .246 .310 .395 .149 4 1
2011 TUC AAA PCL 64 58 14 16 3 2 3 32 11 5 13 3 0 .276 .328 .552 .276 1 0
2012 SDN MLB NL 470 417 62 110 26 8 9 179 45 41 94 24 6 .264 .335 .429 .165 2 5
2013 SDN MLB NL 515 481 64 129 22 8 22 233 53 29 118 22 6 .268 .312 .484 .216 1 2
2014 SDN MLB NL 448 406 47 91 13 2 8 132 33 33 107 11 6 .224 .288 .325 .101 2
2015 TEX MLB AL 82 66 6 12 3 0 0 15 3 12 21 5 0 .182 .325 .227 .045 0 2
2015 SDN MLB NL 308 283 34 73 10 3 6 107 30 25 73 11 1 .258 .318 .378 .120 0 0
2016 OKL AAA PCL 172 156 23 43 6 1 4 63 25 15 32 3 2 .276 .343 .404 .128 0 0
2016 LAN MLB NL 19 18 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 .056 .105 .111 .056 0 0
2016 LEH AAA INT 149 127 12 26 7 0 2 39 19 17 28 2 2 .205 .304 .307 .102 2 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 454 0.4890 0.4317 0.7857 0.5676 0.3017 0.8810 0.6143 0.2143 -0.0042
2009 1251 0.4980 0.4852 0.7166 0.6404 0.3312 0.8095 0.5385 0.2834 -0.0020
2010 1775 0.4772 0.4727 0.7068 0.6281 0.3308 0.7594 0.6156 0.2932 0.0100
2011 1560 0.4833 0.4788 0.7323 0.6459 0.3226 0.7721 0.6577 0.2677 0.0039
2012 1793 0.4847 0.4624 0.7624 0.6168 0.3171 0.8433 0.6143 0.2376 0.0125
2013 1978 0.4747 0.5056 0.7420 0.6677 0.3590 0.8293 0.5952 0.2580 0.0037
2014 1689 0.4677 0.4648 0.7274 0.6152 0.3326 0.8560 0.5184 0.2726 0.0031
2015 1528 0.4758 0.4431 0.7459 0.5983 0.3021 0.8621 0.5372 0.2541 0.0043
2016 64 0.5938 0.5469 0.6857 0.7368 0.2692 0.6786 0.7143 0.3143 0.0000
Career120920.48040.47260.73580.62920.32760.82070.58650.26420.0050

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2016 PHI $
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
6 yrPrevious$13,507,200
6 yrTotal$13,507,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 155 dTurner Gary Sports1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/26/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Cleveland 3/27/16. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 3/28/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 6/11/16. Signed by LA Dodgers 6/14/16. DFA by LA Dodgers 6/24/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/25/16. Contract selected by LA Dodgers 7/1/16. DFA by LA Dodgers 7/7/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/11/16.
  • 2 years/$8.5M (2014-15). Signed extension with San Diego 9/3/13. 14:$4.25M, 15:$4.25M. Acquired by Texas in trade from San Diego 8/18/15.
  • 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.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 The worst part about Will Venable's putrid offensive performance was that it recalled Eugenio Velez's somehow worse 2011 season.
2016 Once viewed as a potential late bloomer (think Raul Ibanez with less power and more speed), Venable regressed in 2014 and found himself near the bottom of San Diego's outfield pile. Injuries to said pile allowed him to claw back to the surface, but doing so wore him out: His slugging percentage failed to live up to the potential of 2013. It turns out his 2013 power production had benefited not just from Petco's tightened dimensions, but also a flurry of fence-scraping home runs. Fence-scraping is a tough talent to maintain. He could be a second-division or platoon starter for a number of teams, but it's just as likely he settles in as a fourth outfielder who can man both corner outfield positions and play center field in a pinch.
2015 When locals speak of Venable, which isn't often, they sometimes call him Mr. August thanks to his career .300/.361/.529 line during that month. Last season, he was more of a July guy: On the 11th, he got his batting average to stay above .200; on the 30th, he got his slugging percentage to stay above .300. Last year's edition of this book advised against betting the farm on Venable's "breakout" 2013 campaign, noting that it was really a two-month hot streak. Some years, the streak never comes. Venable's futility against breaking balls, which had lain dormant since 2011, chose an inopportune time to re-erupt. When a hitter exposes a weakness as glaring as Venable's against pitches with spin, it removes the incentive for pitchers to throw him anything else. If the weakness persists, it removes the incentive for managers to stick him in the lineup.
2014 It's easy to conclude from Venable's 2013 numbers that he is a late bloomer who had a breakout season. He established career highs in many categories and raised his OPS against southpaws by 150 points. Most of Venable's damage came in July and August, when he hit .345/.380/.616. The other four months were less kind: .224/.273/.408. Whereas Venable usually gets hot for two weeks, last year he got hot for two months. If Chase Headley taught us anything a season earlier, it's that the difference between a breakout and a hot streak isn't always obvious. This may well be a new Venable, but let him do it for more than two months before betting the farm.
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
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben! I need to cut three of the following from my 16 team 5x5 dynasty team; Cody Asche, John Jaso, Ike Davis, Dayan Viciedo, Will Venable, Gerardo Parra. Who gets the axe if it you made the call? Keep in mind Asche is my only insurance for Wright at 3B and Jaso is Wilson Ramos’ backup. many thanks!
(Gravybill from Paradise)
Viciedo, Venable, Asche. If you're super worried about Wright, cut Parra instead. (Ben Carsley)
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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