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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yordano Ventura came up big for the Royals Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 10-0 World Series Game 6 victory.
He was a little wild, walking five, but Ventura yielded just three hits (two singles) while striking out four. The young right-hander upped his flash as the game went along and hit 100 mph on the radar gun a couple times among his last few offerings. With just two runs surrendered over 12 1/3 World Series innings, it’s safe to say the shoulder tightness Ventura experience during the ALCS isn’t a concern going into the offseason. The Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie in Wednesday’s Game 7. Oct 28 - 11:39 PM

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Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Ventura came out throwing smoke, and it bit him early when Gregor Blanco turned on a 98 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. But the 23-year-old wasn't rattled, allowing just one more run over the rest of his time. Two singles in the sixth inning -- a soft liner to center and an infield single -- prompted manager Ned Yost to call on his bullpen, but Kelvin Herrera escaped without harm to save Ventura from a worse fate. The rookie acquitted himself well in his first World Series start, and he'll likely start a potential Game 6 should the series require it.
Oct 22 - 11:39 PM

Yordano Ventura will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Royals.

Ventura left his last start with some tightness in his right shoulder, but it seems to be a minor issue and won't affect his readiness for the World Series. He will follow James Shields in the Royals rotation. In his first postseason, Ventura owns a 4.85 ERA over 13 innings.
Oct 18 - 5:38 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't expect Yordano Ventura (shoulder) to miss his next start.

Ventura left Saturday's start against the Orioles with right shoulder tightness, but the Royals classified him as day-to-day from the beginning and it doesn't sound too serious. Still, the Royals would likely prefer to take care of business before a potential Game 6 to give Ventura some time to rest. Ventura allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings before exiting Saturday's Game 2, and he didn't factor in the decision.
Oct 11 - 8:51 PM

Yordano Ventura left Saturday's ALCS Game 2 due to right shoulder tightness.

Ventura grimaced on his final pitch and left rather abruptly, but the Royals are calling him day-to-day for now. He wasn't particularly sharp before exiting, so the injury may have factored in his struggles. Ventura allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings, and it's unclear how the injury impacts his availability going forward.
Oct 11 - 7:13 PM

Yordano Ventura left his start in Game 2 of the ALCS due to injury.

Ventura was looking to get out of the sixth inning when he seemed to hurt himself on a pitch. After a visit from Royals trainer Nick Kenney, Ventura walked off. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and three walks through 5 2/3 innings before exiting. The Royals should give an update on his status shortly.
Oct 11 - 6:48 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Yordano Ventura will "probably" start Game 2 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Saturday.

James Shields is already lined up for Game 1. Ventura tossed seven-innings of one-run ball in the ALDS against the Angels last Friday and will be working on seven days of rest.
Oct 7 - 3:09 PM

Yordano Ventura was outstanding in his first career postseason start on Friday, but had to settle for a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits over his seven innings.

The flame-throwing right-hander punched out five and issued just one free pass on the night. The only blemish on his evening was a two-out RBI single by Albert Pujols in the sixth inning. He was routinely hitting triple digits on the radar gun throughout the performance, including several times in his final inning of work. The future looks exceedingly bright for the 23-year-old hurler who should be a very popular name in next spring’s fantasy drafts.
Oct 4 - 1:34 AM

Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup against the Angels.

Ventura gave up a big three-run homer to Brandon Moss in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, but that hasn't swayed the Royals' confidence in the flamethrowing 23-year-old right-hander. Ventura finished the 2014 regular season with a superb 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings. Jason Vargas is starting Game 1.
Oct 1 - 5:24 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed four runs on eight hits over four innings against the White Sox Sunday.

Ventura didn't have his best stuff, serving up a two-run homer to Marcus Semien among his eight hits allowed. Ventura didn't factor in the decision, finishing the season 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts. It was a largely positive rookie season for Ventura, and the 23-year-old should take another step forward in 2015.
Sep 28 - 7:57 PM

Yordano Ventura held the Indians scoreless over seven innings en route to a win on Tuesday.

The young right-hander has picked it up at the right time for the Royals, as he has a 2.17 ERA in nine starts since the beginning of August. Ventura did walk four, but allowed only four hits (all singles) and struck out six. Ventura has an impressive 3.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 153/68 K/BB ratio. He'll make his last start of the season on the road on Sunday against the White Sox.
Sep 23 - 10:44 PM

Yordano Ventura outdueled Chris Sale on Wednesday, holding the White Sox to one run and three hits over seven innings in a victory.

Ventura upped his record to 13-10 with a 3.19 ERA. That would have been good enough to make him the AL Rookie of the Year last season; this season, he probably ranks fourth or fifth among AL rookies alongside Matt Shoemaker and behind Jose Abreu, Dellin Betances and Collin McHugh.
Sep 17 - 11:14 PM

Yordano Ventura delivered a quality start in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven frames.

Ventura racked up six strikeouts on the night while walking just one. Most of the damage against him came in a three-run uprising in the third inning where the Red Sox were able to take advantage of a throwing error and a wild pitch. The rookie right-hander sports a 3.27 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 140/62 K/BB ratio through his 165 innings on the year. He'll take on the White Sox his next time out on Wednesday.
Sep 13 - 12:15 AM

Yordano Ventura delivered six innings of shutout ball Sunday in the Royals' 2-0 defeat of the Yankees.

Ventura walked four batters but limited the potential damage by holding the Yankees to three hits -- all of which were singles. He struck out two. The 23-year-old right-hander is now 12-9 on the season with a 3.25 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 158 innings. He'll try to stay hot next week against the Red Sox.
Sep 7 - 4:57 PM

Yordano Ventura gave up three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings in Monday's win over the Rangers.

Ventura had his last turn in the rotation skipped due to back stiffness, but he was throwing some gas in his return Monday. He held the Rangers scoreless over the first five innings, but gave up one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh before being pulled. All told, he allowed five hits and four walks while striking out seven. The 23-year-old now owns a 3.38 ERA and 132/57 K/BB ratio in 152 innings this season. He'll get the Yankees on Sunday.
Sep 1 - 10:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Moises Sierra
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Michael Mariot
12Luke Hochevar