Originally written on Padres Public  |  Last updated 8/19/13
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Who is Will Venable? We know about his hairline. We know he went to Princeton. We know about his dad, former major leaguer Max Venable. We’ve seen Will’s highlights. We’ve suffered through his lowlights. But really, what kind of player is he? 2009: .256/.323/.440 with 12 home runs and a 108 wRC+ in 324 PA’s 2010: .245/.324/.408 with 13 home runs and a 101 wRC+ in 445 PA’s 2011: .246/.310/.395 with 9 home runs and a 99 wRC+ in 411 PA’s 2012: .264/.335/.429 with 9 home runs and a 115 wRC+ in 470 PA’s 2013: .266/.308/.494 with 17 home runs and a 122 wRC+ in 364 PA’s Those are Venable’s stats in his 5 mostly full seasons with the Padres. So what is real and what isn’t?   Is the player with the 15 game hitting streak the real Will Venable? Is the player who hits walk off home runs the real Will Venable? Is Will Venable 2013 the new Chase Headley 2012? Everyone is talking about it. This is the Will Venable I always imagined in my fevered dreams of Padres farmhand potential. — Ryan Luz (@Ryan
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