Will Venable looks to have the leadoff spot


Before the spring started, there was debate on who would be the lead-off man for the Padres. Would it be Orlando Hudson, Jason Bartlett, Cameron Maybin, or Will Venable?

It seems that Bud Black came into the spring with Will Venable as the leading candidate to take that spot in the lineup. In all but one of Venable’s starts this spring, he has been the lead-off hitter. He will need to set the table for the rest of the lineup by getting on base and finding ways to score.

Don’t be surprised when Manager Buddy Black starts fiddling around with the lineup by moving Venable later in the lineup if he starts getting a hot bat. If Cameron Maybin starts hitting, then he could take over the lead-of spot. The lead-off position will be a work in progress, but at the start of the season, it seems that we will get to see a lot of Will Venable leading off.

Here are his splits based on batting order position:

I Split G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Batting 1st 45 188 26 50 6 3 2 16 8 5 16 .266 .320 .362 .682
Batting 2nd 6 23 7 8 1 0 2 3 0 0 2 .348 .400 .652 1.052
Batting 3rd 6 10 5 5 0 0 2 3 1 1 4 .500 .643 1.100 1.743
Batting 5th 51 184 25 41 8 2 4 19 8 0 19 .223 .302 .353 .656
Batting 6th 71 235 28 53 6 5 10 33 10 2 26 .226 .302 .421 .723
Batting 7th 33 95 15 27 5 0 6 21 7 1 11 .284 .373 .526 .899
Batting 8th 9 22 4 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 .364 .440 .591 1.031
Batting 9th 33 38 4 8 3 0 0 3 2 0 2 .211 .268 .289 .558
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/17/2011.

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