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Will Venable ’05 Makes Spectacular Catch, Princeton in the Pros Update

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 06/18/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Will Venable '05 is one of eight former Tigers currently playing professional baseball.
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Former Princeton standout and current San Diego Padre outfielder Will Venable ’05 made a game-saving catch in extra innings Monday night, earning him the No. 1 spot on ESPN’s SportCenter Top 10.

In the bottom of the 12th, Venable sprinted for a carrying fly ball from San Francisco Giants’ Juan Perez only to leap in the air and land on the warning track with the ball in his glove. The Padres went on to win the game 5-3 in 13 frames.

To view the catch, click here.

Venable was drafted in 2005 by the Padres organization and made his MLB debut in 2008. Since 2011 he has been a regular starter for MLB club and he is now Princeton’s MLB hit leader with 442, surpassing Moe Berg ’23.

Along with Venable, Ross Ohlendorf ’06 returned to the Majors with the Washington Nationals on June 12. He tossed six innings, struck out a pair en route to a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

To view Ohlendorf’s postgame interview, click here

Ohlendorf has spent time with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Padres over his nine-year tenure.

In the Minors, pitcher Matt Bowman (2009-12) is excelling within the New York Mets’ system. After opening the year 4-0 with the Savannah Sand Gnats (Class A), Bowman received an appointment with the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets. On the year, he is 8-0 with a 2.41 ERA over 12 starts, amassing 73 strikeouts over 74.2 innings.

Also playing in the Florida State League is fellow pitcher Danny Barnes ’12 of the Dunedin Blue Jays. The reliever is 1-1 with a pair of strikeouts. Last year Barnes was nominated for MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Year and was voted Dunedin’s MVP.

With the Triple-A International League Gwinnet Braves pitcher David Hale ‘11 has made six starts and tossed 29 innings. He owns a 1-3 record and has 25 strikeouts on the year.

Catcher Jack Murphy (2007-09) is playing for Toronto affiliate the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Double-A Eastern League. The switch hitter is batting .239 (22-for-92) with 11 RBI, six runs, six doubles, five walks and a run.

Joining the professional ranks most recently is former Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Zak Hermans ’13. The righty was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round and marks Princeton’s third draftee in two years.

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