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Padres Prospect Interview: Will Venable

Will Venable

San Antonio, TX-- In the 2005 draft, Will Venable was considered a risky pick, a 22-year-old college player with only 317 at-bats at Princeton in a conference that isn't exactly known as a baseball powerhouse. Throw in the fact that Venable really only played one full season of college baseball, because of his commitment to basketball, the pick practically defines the phrase "taking a flyer".

After being drafted by the Padres, Venable showed some promise hitting .322/.385/.508 in the Arizona League, but struggling at the more advanced short-season Eugene, hitting only .216/.295/.324. Rest and a full off-season of concentrating only on baseball, however, made a big difference, as Venable bounced back at Fort Wayne hitting .314/.389/.477, earning him the Padres and Madfriars.com Minor...

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