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Johnny Cueto | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Johnny Cueto was tagged for six runs and three homers in five innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.
Cueto is now just 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA since coming over from the Reds. Still, since the Royals' lead is comfy, there's no griping yet, at least none apart from his fantasy owners. The three homers he allowed tonight were one more than he had allowed in his previous 10 starts combined. Aug 26 - 11:57 PM

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Johnny Cueto threw a clunker against the Red Sox on Friday, giving up seven runs (six earned) over six innings.

BABIP wasn't his friend on this night. Cueto surrendered a season-high 13 hits (including a home run) in the loss. It was the first time he had allowed double-digit hits in a start since June 21, 2013. Cueto had allowed just six runs in 30 innings over his previous four starts with the Royals, so there's little to be concerned about. He'll try to put this one in the rear-view mirror when he takes on the Orioles at home next week.
Aug 21 - 10:07 PM

Johnny Cueto posted yet another brilliant start in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Angels, allowing one run on eight hits over eight innings.

Cueto coughed up a solo home run to Albert Pujols in the second inning, but this would be the only run to score against the new Royals ace. He fanned four without walking a batter and threw 105 pitches over his eight innings of work. In his first start with the new team, he allowed three runs in six innings. His last three starts? Just three runs in 24 innings. This all works out to a 1.80 ERA. Cueto will look to continue to rock 'n' roll when he tangos with the suddenly offensive-minded Red Sox at Fenway next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 15 - 10:53 PM

Johnny Cueto pitched brilliantly in Monday's win, limiting the Tigers to four hits over nine shutout innings.

J.D. Martinez had the only extra-base hit, a double in the second inning. Cueto walked none and struck out eight on 116 pitches. The Royals have gotten exactly what they paid for when they traded with the Reds, as the right-hander has a 2.05 ERA in three starts since coming to K.C. Cueto will face the Angels at home in his next outing.
Aug 10 - 10:55 PM

Johnny Cueto was effective, limiting the Tigers to only two runs in seven innings, but took a tough luck loss on Wednesday.

Cueto was just a hair less effective than opposing starter Matt Boyd. The right-hander gave up five hits and a pair of walks while striking out only two. Anthony Gose knocked in the first run with an RBI triple in the third inning, and Victor Martinez brought in what proved to be the winning run in the fourth with a ground out. Cueto has been solid in two starts since joining the Royals, but is still searching for his first win in Royal blue. He'll try to get it against the Tigers once more next week, but he'll have home field advantage.
Aug 5 - 9:50 PM

Making his Royals debut, Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.

Cueto didn't have his best command in his first start with his new club, but it was good enough for a quality start. He gave up seven hits and walked a pair while striking out seven batters. The new Royals' ace will get the Tigers next time out.
Jul 31 - 11:43 PM

Johnny Cueto will make his Royals debut on Friday in Toronto.

Cueto was officially traded to Kansas City on Sunday in exchange for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed. The 29-year-old impending free agent had a tremendous final outing for the Reds on Saturday night, throwing eight shutout innings at Coors Field, and he should provide a massive boost to the Royals' rotation down the stretch and into the postseason. He's sitting on a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio through 130 2/3 innings.
Jul 27 - 3:56 PM

Royals acquired RHP Johnny Cueto and cash considerations from the Reds in exchange for LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

The deal was reported earlier Sunday by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and has now become official. Cueto has dealt with an elbow issue this season, but he looks to be healthy now after spinning eight shutout innings at Coors Field on Saturday. The right-hander is a much-needed ace for the Royals and he should thrive in Kauffman Stadium with Kansas City's terrific defense behind him.
Jul 26 - 3:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have completed a deal to acquire Johnny Cueto from the Reds.

The two clubs nearly finished a deal on Saturday before it fell through because of a physical issue with one of the players slated to go to the Reds. However, it appears they've agreed to a revised proposal. There's no word yet on what the Reds will receive in return, although Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes that Brandon Finnegan was discussed in trade talks. Cueto is a perfect fit for Kansas City, as the Royals were in desperate need of a big-time starter and are built for another postseason run in 2015. The righty's fantasy value receives a big boost, as he'll benefit greatly from Kauffman Stadium and the Royals' defense.
Jul 26 - 11:40 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals remain "hopeful" that they can revive a trade for Johnny Cueto.

They had a deal in place on Saturday before it fell apart due to a physical issue with one of the players slated to go to the Reds. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that the Royals are unwilling to part with Raul Mondesi in a rental deal, but they still have the prospects to get something done. Kansas City has a big need for a frontline starter and Cueto would certainly fit that bill.
Jul 26 - 11:20 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Royals and Reds "continue to work" on a trade that would send Johnny Cueto to Kansas City.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi previously reported that the clubs nearly completed a deal on Saturday but it fell through due to a physical issue with one of the players slated to go to the Reds. ESPN's Buster Olney noted that pitching prospect Sean Manaea has dealt with hip issues, so it's possible he is the aforementioned player. While the two teams may have to alter the composition of the deal, it appears that there's still a good chance they could get something done.
Jul 26 - 10:09 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Royals were close to acquiring Johnny Cueto from the Reds on Saturday night.

Rosenthal says one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds in return for Cueto did not check out medically. The talks are off for now, but it sure sounds like there's some groundwork for a deal between these two clubs. Cueto, who threw eight shutout innings Saturday night at Coors Field, is also drawing interest from the Orioles, Blue Jays, Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros. He heads into deadline week with a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings.
Jul 25 - 11:12 PM

Johnny Cueto tossed eight shutout innings Saturday in the Reds' 5-2 defeat of the Rockies.

There was growing speculation that Cueto might be hurt after his rough four-inning start last Sunday against the Indians, but he put that talk to rest in the most hitter-friendly park in the majors. Cueto yielded only four hits -- all singles -- and he issued only one walk while striking out five. The 29-year-old impending free agent moves toward Friday's trade deadline with a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings.
Jul 25 - 11:04 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Orioles have expressed interest in Johnny Cueto and Jay Bruce from the Reds.

The Orioles have been calling around looking for any possible upgrades they can make to their squad, so the fact that they would have interest in two premium players that are likely to be dealt is no surprise. It's shaping up to be a very interesting couple of weeks around the league with all of the trade rumblings.
Jul 19 - 9:04 PM

Johnny Cueto struggled again in a no-decision, walking six en route to allowing two runs in four innings as the Reds lost in 11 innings to the Indians on Sunday.

Cueto wasn't sharp in his previous start against the Marlins, either, with scouts on hand for both outings. On Sunday, he struck out only two while allowing four hits along with the six walks. With the trade deadline approaching, Cueto still has a terrific 2.79 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 115/28 K/BB ratio in 122 2/3 innings. He has a tough task ahead of him, as he'll start next against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Jul 19 - 6:28 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Kris Medlen
6Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Jeremy Guthrie
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn