Venerable Venable Named Team MVP
A day after naming Andrew Cashner the Padres’ pitcher of the year, The Padres announced today that outfielder Will Venable was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The 31 year old veteran, who has played the entirety of his 6-year career in San Diego, received a contract extension in September to stay with the team through 2015. Venable set career highs with 22 homeruns, 53 RBI, 64 runs scored, 22 stolen bases, a .484 slugging percentage and .268 batting average this last season. Venable was the first Padres player to post a 20/20 season since Mike Cameron in 2006.
Venable also had a 15-game hitting streak in August – the longest by a Padres player this last season. His best numbers came after the second half of the season, where he hit for a .315 average with 11 homeruns and a 1.092 OPS in the month of August. Venable also named the National League Player of the Week by Major League Baseball for the week of August 12-18.
Will appeared in 151 games this last year, the most by any Padres player in the 162-game season. A lot of commentators are hoping that the ever-streaky Venable has finally hit his stride in his career and that perhaps there will be more consistency for will going into the future.
Initially a seventh-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Venable has appeared in 674 career games since breaking into the majors with the Padres in 2008, hitting for a lifetime average of .257 with 67 homeruns and 241 RBI.