Saturday, August 7, 2010
2009 Portland Beavers Will Venable
Who is this? San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Portland Beavers team set
Where'd I get it? My friend Bart went to a Portland Beavers game last year during his vacation. He gave me some cards, including this one.
Why is this so special? Venable, son of former major league outfielder Max Venable, was a seventh round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2005. He advanced through the minor league system. In 2007, he hit for the cycle as a member of the AA San Antonio Missions.
Venable made his major league debut in 2008. This year, in a part-time role, he is batting .233 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs through 84 games.
The signature on this card is very light, but it's fairly recognizable. Venable has taken liberties with his autograph to allow him to sign more quickly.