the fact that he never ran in the minors doesnt mean he cant, the old regimes philosophy was never to run, (Sandy Alderson), but this year, Dave Roberts has worked with all the Padres on leads and jumps, stealing and taking the extra base, and he has turned that into 8/9 in the spring. I expect him to push for 30 SB's honestly, the 22 HR's is a little under what he could do not in Petco, they actually see he has similar raw power to Adrian. Looking at Venable's history, just keep in mind he didnt even get into baseball until his junior year in college, so he is a Torii Hunter type late bloomer.
as to playing time, I think he is the Padres 2nd best player right now, although Blanks or Headley could step up as well, shown by 2nd half and carried over into spring training. Venable will be playing full time vs righties, and unless they use both Hairstons in the OF on a day, he will get his AB's vs lefties. He is not in a platoon, and Cunningham was already optioned to AAA. Hes basically fighting for AB's vs lefties against Gwynn, as one of them will sit when Hairston plays. Venable brings more to the plate then Gwynn, so I stand by my projections. Am I saying take him early in the 15th even, no, but as a 20-25th round/FA pickup you will get TREMENDOUS value.