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Scouting Padres Prospect #48: William Venable

Scouting Padres Prospect #48: William Venable

When you talk about a prospect, one of the most common terms that will appear is "tools". William Venable is one of those players. Blessed with athleticism and a basketball background, Venable is trying to be in baseball what Antonio Gates is in football – a superstar.

The Padres took a flier on William Venable in the seventh round of the 2005 draft, not because of the family ties – his father Max is the hitting coach with the Fort Wayne Wizards – but because of the raw talent Venable possesses. In the first at bat that scouting director Bill Gayton was on hand to see Venable the Princeton product homered. That helped start wooing the Padres to his potential...

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