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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher | #30

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / KC
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Yordano Ventura has accepted an eight-game suspension.
Ventura and his agent worked a deal with MLB to lower the suspension one game, and the right-hander has in turn dropped his appeal. Ventura was issued the punishment for his role in a benches-clearing brawl earlier this month in Baltimore. He's made two excellent starts since the incident but will now take one turn off. Jun 18 - 5:31 PM

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Yordano Ventura was outstanding again in Friday's victory over the Tigers, scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

The right-hander racked up five strikeouts on the night without issuing a walk. He has now delivered two straight gems since he was suspended for his role in the brawl with Manny Machado and the Orioles. Now 6-4 on the season, he'll bring a 4.54 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Astros. If he's available on the waiver wire, he's certainly worth the gamble at this point.
Jun 17 - 11:51 PM

Yordano Ventura was fantastic in Sunday's 3-1 win over the White Sox, striking out 10 while allowing just one run over seven innings.

Ventura scattered five hits on the afternoon. One of those left the park, as Jose Abreu banged a solo dinger off the 25-year-old right-hander in the sixth inning. That would be the only run Ventura allowed. He is currently appealing a nine-game suspension levied against him after he plunked Manny Machado to incite a brawl in Tuesday's game against the Orioles. When he hasn't been causing trouble, he has mostly been posting troubling starts. To wit, he currently holds a 4.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 54/36 K/BB ratio over 73 innings. A home start against the Tigers shows next on his schedule.
Jun 12 - 6:36 PM

Yordano Ventura has been suspended nine games for his role in Tuesday night's benches-clearing brawl with the Orioles.

Ventura instigated a fight by beaning Manny Machado with a 99 mph fastball. Machado was slapped with a four-game ban for charging the mound. Both players are appealing their suspensions. Ventura has developed a reputation for throwing at hitters and manager Ned Yost hinted that the team is tired of his antics. The right-hander's "me against the world" mentality would be a lot easier to forgive if Ventura was pitching well. Unfortunately that hasn't been the case as Ventura has struggled to a disappointing 5.32 ERA over 12 starts.
Jun 9 - 6:10 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Royals "have broached other teams' interest" in volatile starting pitcher Yordano Ventura.

These discussions happened before Ventura made a fool of himself Tuesday night in Baltimore, chirping and throwing at Manny Machado twice in the second inning before finally plunking the Orioles star with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Machado charged the mound and got a few shots in on the 25-year-old right-hander before a mass of players and coaches separated the two. They were both ejected. Ventura is sitting on an ugly 5.32 ERA through 12 starts this season, and he's walked 35 batters in 66 innings. At this point, it would probably be difficult for the Royals to move him for any type of fair return. He almost certainly has a suspension coming.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Jun 8 - 9:44 AM

Yordano Ventura was lit up for six runs over just 4 1/3 frames in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

Ventura gave up seven hits -- including a home run -- and decided in the fifth inning to take it out on Manny Machado, drilling him in the back with a 99 mph fastball. Machado charged the mound and a fracas ensued. Both players are likely facing suspensions. More worrisome is Ventura's 5.32 ERA. But hey, at least he didn't walk anyone for only the second time in 12 starts. He'll get the Indians next, assuming he's not serving his suspension by then.
Jun 7 - 10:52 PM

Yordano Ventura was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Orioles for his role in a benches-clearing brawl.

Ventura exchanged words with Manny Machado after a long flyout in the bottom of the second and then threw directly at the Orioles star in the bottom of the fifth. Machado charged the mound and appeared to land two punches on the head of Ventura before a mass of players and coaches surrounded the two. Ventura and Machado are probably both facing suspensions.
Jun 7 - 8:56 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Indians.

Ventura gave up seven hits and walked two but left in line for his fifth win before fill-in closer Joakim Soria stumbled in the ninth. It was still a promising showing for the 24-year-old after he struggled his last time out. Through 11 starts, Ventura has posted a disappointing 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. A tough test awaits Tuesday when the Royals visit the Orioles.
Jun 2 - 10:49 PM

Yordano Ventura was knocked around again in Saturday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his seven innings of work.

The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter. To his credit, Ventura was able to settle down after the White Sox had scored six times in the first four innings, and was able to give his club seven innings and save the bullpen. He has been a major disappointment this season, compiling a 5.17 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 55 2/3 innings in his first 10 starts. He'll try to right the ship on Thursday against the Indians in Cleveland.
May 28 - 6:45 PM

Yordano Ventura surrendered three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.

Ventura walked four and gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Todd Frazier. The hard-throwing right-hander carries an underwhelming 4.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings this season, along with a hideous 34/33 K/BB ratio. He gets the White Sox at home next.
May 22 - 5:18 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings but took home a win Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Ventura benefited from being the less meh of the two starters, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The win was his second in a row, improving him to 4-2, but his ERA rose to 4.85 with a 1.55 WHIP through eight starts. Despite the good record, the 24-year-old is obviously still not where he wants to be -- and where he's talented enough to be. Ventura will keep searching for that dominant form Sunday at the White Sox.
May 17 - 11:39 PM

Monday's game between the Red Sox and Royals has been postponed due to rain in the forecast in Kansas City.

The two clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Monday's scheduled starters, Rick Porcello and Yordano Ventura, will presumably be pushed back to Tuesday.
May 16 - 4:59 PM

Yordano Ventura tossed a quality start against the Yankees on Wednesday and picked up his third win of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks in six innings of work.

Ventura was far from sharp. He walked three, gave up a home run, and only struck out one. Fortunately for him, his offense spotted him a four-run lead in the first inning. The right-hander has walked (28) more batters than he has struck out (26) in 2016, and he's seen his fastball velocity decline by approximately 1.5 mph. His ERA now sits at a lofty 4.62 after 37 innings. Ventura seems rather far removed from the potential top-of-the-rotation starter we all dreamed about a few years ago when he made his debut.
May 11 - 10:58 PM

Yordano Ventura was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits in just four innings of work.

Ventura struggled badly with his command, issuing five free passes while striking out three in the outing. The Indians scratched out a run in the first against him, then broke the game open with a four-spot in the third. He'll look to improve upon a disappointing 4.65 ERA and 1.58 WHIP when he takes on the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.
May 6 - 10:15 PM

Yordano Ventura only lasted four innings in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, giving up five runs on three hits and a whopping six walks.

Ventura seemingly walked the world on Saturday. He set the tone for the night when he issued back-to-back walks with two outs to Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind in the first inning, a self-inflicted mess that was immediately followed up with a three-run bomb from Kyle Seager. That was all the Mariners needed. This actually was the second six-walk outing of the year for Ventura, who now owns a 22/20 K/BB ratio. Still, his ERA only sits at 3.67 and this was the first time he allowed more than two runs in a start. It's far too early to be jumping ship, even if his walk rate is becoming untenable.
May 1 - 1:21 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Dillon Gee
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins