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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
Contract: view contract details

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Yordano Ventura took a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings.
Ventura allowed the two runs on his line to score in wonky enough fashion. The first came home on a third-inning balk, the second on a sixth-inning wild pitch. Those two miscues were enough to prevent Ventura from qualifying for a decision. 2016 has mostly been a struggle for the 25-year-old right-hander. Even with Sunday's nice showing in the books, he still holds a 4.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Little to love on the fantasy front here unless Ventura can begin to string together a series of starts in the model of this most recent one. A home showdown with the Rangers shows next on his schedule. Jul 17 - 3:38 PM

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Yordano Ventura logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Mariners on Friday, surrendering three runs on six hits across his seven innings.

The right-hander punched out five and walked one in the contest, showing no ill-effects of the ankle injury that forced his early exit last time out. The big blow against him came in the sixth inning where Seth Smith and Robinson Cano each raced home on a wild pitch. Ventura finished the first half with a 6-7 record, 5.15 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 69/40 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 8:51 AM

Yordano Ventura left Sunday's outing against the Phillies in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.

Ventura looked to roll his ankle while trying to avoid a tag. He might not have lasted much longer, anyway, having allowed four runs. The Royals should have an update on Ventura after the game.
Jul 3 - 2:39 PM

Making his first start since his suspension, Yordano Ventura gave up seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Ventura allowed a solo home run among his seven hits given up, and he also walked three. It was a disappointing return after he'd been pitching so well prior to the eight-game suspension levied after Ventura beaned Manny Machado earlier this month. Perhaps some of his struggles Tuesday could be attributed to rust, and the volatile 25-year-old will look to improve upon his 5.00 ERA and 1.45 WHIP against the Phillies on Sunday.
Jun 28 - 11:23 PM

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

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

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