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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 fell to 11-12 after allowing four runs over six innings Friday versus the Indians.
Things fell apart for Ventura in the third inning, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. He allowed six hits in all on the day while walking three and striking out eight. He also hit Francisco Lindor, apparently in retaliation for him celebrating after hitting a double in his previous at-bat. Ventura remains a frustrating talent in many ways. He took a step back this year, posting a 4.45 ERA over 32 starts while seeing an increase in his walk percentage and a decrease in his strikeout percentage. Oct 1 - 12:26 AM

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Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers due to tightness in his lower back.

Prior to his departure, Ventura allowed three runs on 10 hits in his four-plus innings of work. It's unclear how much time the right-hander may miss, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Royals shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Sep 24 - 3:19 PM

Yordano Ventura was forced to leave Saturday's start against the Tigers in the fifth inning due to an apparent injury.

It's unclear exactly what the issue was, but the right-hander departed after a visit from the trainer and manager Ned Yost. Expect an update from the Royals shortly on his status.
Sep 24 - 3:03 PM

Yordano Ventura went the distance while allowing three runs in Monday’s 8-3 win over the White Sox.

It was his first career nine-inning complete game. Ventura gave up nine hits (including two homers) while striking out five and walking just one. He needed 106 pitches to finish off his 11th win of the season. He’ll get the Tigers on the road this weekend.
Sep 19 - 5:23 PM

Yordano Ventura coughed up five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while struggling to throw strikes in a loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.

He walked four, hit a batter, uncorked a pair of wild pitches and gave up seven knocks in the abbreviated outing. He did manage to strike out five hitters and keep the ball in the yard but the pitches were accumulating rapidly. Ventura was pulled with one out in the fifth inning having already thrown 100 pitches. He falls to 10-11 with a 4.42 ERA after 29 starts. He lines up for two starts next week beginning with the White Sox on Monday.
Sep 14 - 10:34 PM

Yordano Ventura coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in seven innings to absorb a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

He generated only three strikeouts while issuing two free passes and giving up 10 hits in the outing. He has struggled to miss bats this year. He has 120 strikeouts in 162 2/3 innings. Last year he had 156 strikeouts in 163 1/3 innings. His record evens at 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA after 28 starts.
Sep 10 - 12:58 AM

Yordano Ventura gave up six hits and walked six but limited the Tigers to one run over six innings in a win Saturday.

Ventura dodged bullets all night, working into and out of jams by virtue of a lot of luck, mostly. He'll take it, though, and with Saturday's performance Ventura has now turned in quality starts in five of his last six outings. The right-hander is 10-9 with a 4.22 ERA overall, and he hasn't lost a decision since July 28. He'll look to keep that streak going Friday against the White Sox.
Sep 3 - 11:54 PM

Yordano Ventura couldn't make it out of the fifth inning in Sunday's start against the Red Sox, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.

Ventura also walked a pair and struck out just one. David Ortiz tagged him for a solo homer in the fourth inning, then the Red Sox added three runs in the fifth to chase the right-hander. It has been a very disappointing season for Ventura who owns a 4.33 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 149 2/3 innings. He'll hope for better results when he squares off against the Tigers at home on Saturday.
Aug 28 - 11:36 PM

Yordano Ventura struck out six across six shutout innings in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

The right-hander walked just one while yielded six hits -- five of which were singles. Andrew Cashner matched Ventura for much of the game before Lorenzo Cain broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with an RBI single. Ventura has registered four straight quality starts to lower his ERA to 4.27. The Royals have now won nine games in a row. Ventura gets the Red Sox in his next trip to the hill.
Aug 23 - 10:44 PM

Yordano Ventura gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings but came away without a decision as the Royals beat the Tigers 4-1 on Wednesday.

He gave up five hits and two free passes while fanning seven. His lone mistake was a gopherball to Victor Martinez in the second inning. Ventura has a 4.46 ERA with 108 strikeouts and 57 walks in 139 1/3 innings. He has been a bit of a disappointment for his owners this year, but at the young age of 25 he still has room to improve. He has a two-start week coming up with games against the Marlins and Red Sox.
Aug 17 - 10:34 PM

Yordano Ventura yielded three runs over seven innings in a win over the Twins on Friday.

Ventura limited the Twins to four hits while walking one and striking out nine. The only damage came on home run balls from Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier. Ventura has now won back-to-back starts for the first time since mid-June and has a 4.60 ERA and 101/55 K/BB ratio over 133 innings on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Tigers on the road next week.
Aug 13 - 1:20 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs over five innings in Tuesday's start against the Rays.

Ventura gave up six hits and walked four in his five innings, but he was largely able to avoid major damage. The Royals won the game but Ventura didn't factor in the decision, so he's still winless since June 17. The right-hander is 6-9 overall with a 4.83 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 21 starts. He'll keep looking for that elusive win Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Aug 2 - 10:42 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed three runs in an eight-inning, complete-game loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Ventura gave up a solitary walk and just four hits, but three of them -- two by Mitch Moreland and one by Rougned Odor -- left the yard. It was enough to saddle Ventura with the loss, dropping him to 6-9. He's now lost five straight decisions and owns a 4.88 ERA in 20 starts. Ventura will try to stop the bleeding Tuesday at the Rays.
Jul 28 - 11:56 PM

Yordano Ventura suffered a right rib contusion on Saturday night against the Rangers.

Ventura was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Adrian Beltre, and the ball had an exit velocity of 109 mph. But thankfully X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine for his next turn in the Kansas City rotation. The right-hander yielded three earned runs on three hits and four walks over five innings against Texas.
Jul 23 - 9:13 PM

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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