Josh Alley, William Venable promoted

The San Diego Padres organization has announced that outfielder Josh Alley has been promoted to the Fort Wayne Wizards roster from the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. As a result, William Venable was promoted from the Arizona League Padres to Eugene. Catcher Trey Johnston, who joined the Wizards on June 30, will be sent to Peoria, Arizona.

Josh Alley was selected by the Padres in the 10th round out of the University of Tennessee in the 2005 June Amateur Draft. He led the Volunteers to an appearance in the NCAA College World Series and overall record of 46-21.

In 14 games with the Emeralds, Alley was hitting .365 with 11 runs, five doubles, one triple, six runs batted in and 15 walks. He had three stolen bases. Alley had four multi-hit games with Eugene, including going 3-for-4 in his professional debut. He also hit safely in 12 of the 14 games he appeared in for the Emeralds.

With Tennessee this season, Alley hit .324 with 70 runs, 19 doubles, a pair of triples and three home runs. He was second on the team with 25 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

As a sophomore at Tennessee during the 2004 season, Alley led the Volunteers with 54 runs scored and 37 walks. He also started in 32 of 48 games in left field as a true freshman in 2003.

Trey Johnston appeared in one game for the Wizards.

William Venable hit .322 in 15 games for Peoria. He reached base safely in all but one game, adding four doubles, two triples, a homer and 12 RBI's. He also stole three bases.

Venable, the Padres seventh round pick out of Princeton and son of Fort Wayne Wizards hitting coach Max Venable, was 10-for-18 with runners in scoring position for the Arizona League squad.

Venable led Princeton in hitting this year with a .385 average. He scored 35 runs, tallied 17 extra base hits and drove in 33. He also added ten steals in 13 attempts.

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