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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yordano Ventura was magnificent in Thursday's win over the Orioles, striking out 11 over six shutout innings.
The hard-throwing right-hander walked four and allowed just two hits on the afternoon. While he has been highly inconsistent this season, he continues to show flashes of the top of the rotation hurler that the Royals expect him to become. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he squares off against the Tigers on Wednesday. Aug 27 - 7:48 PM

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Yordano Ventura tossed a fine start in Saturday's win over the Red Sox, surrendering one run on six hits over six innings.

Six hits, six strikeouts, six innings for Ventura. But not six runs. Just one of those, which came home on an RBI ground out by Travis Shaw in the sixth inning. Ventura had pitched so poorly through the All-Star Break that the Royals temporarily sent him down to Triple-A, but he's coming on strong now that he's returned to the rotation, having allowed just three runs in his last 19 innings. With a dropping 4.64 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, Ventura will try to keep this nice roll going in a home start against the Orioles on Thursday afternoon.
Aug 22 - 11:05 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched well in a no-decision against the Angels on Sunday, racking up seven strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball.

Ventura allowed just five hits and a walk on the evening. All of the damage against him came in the sixth inning, where Kole Calhoun tripled and scored on a wild pitch, then David Murphy belted a solo home run. It's the second straight strong start for the right-hander who will look to further improve upon his 4.82 ERA and 1.31 WHIP when he takes on the Red Sox in Boston on Saturday.
Aug 16 - 11:22 PM

Yordano Ventura turned in a strong performance on Tuesday, striking out eight Tigers over six shutout innings in a 6-1 victory.

Ventura was removed from the rotation on July 21 -- for a day, before Jason Vargas needed Tommy John surgery -- and his past two starts had been disastrous, so to say Ventura needed Tuesday's outing would be an understatement. It wasn't all good -- Ventura walked six to go with his eight strikeouts -- but he yielded just two hits on the evening. The win pulled his record to an even 7-7, and Ventura lowered his ERA to 4.97. The right-hander will look to make it two in a row Sunday against the Angels.
Aug 12 - 12:15 AM

Yordano Ventura was shellacked by the Tigers in a Thursday afternoon no-decision, allowing six runs on eight hits over five innings.

Ventura's nemesis in this one was Mr. Victor Martinez, who accounted for five RBI on the strength of a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run shot in the fifth. This has been something of a lost season for the 24-year-old right-hander, who has been sidelined by injury for a chunk of the year and has dealt with inconsistency when he's been healthy enough to start for the Royals. Over 95 1/3 innings, he's pitched to a 5.29 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 75/30 K/BB ratio. His remains a talented arm, though at a certain point, it becomes more and more difficult to convince yourself that he's suddenly going to turn things around. As a wise man once said, it gets late early out here. Ventura will take to the road to face these same Tigers in his next start as he tries to rage against the dying of the light.
Aug 6 - 4:38 PM

Yordano Ventura was hit hard in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on six hits over his seven frames.

Ventura walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. Thankfully for him, the Royals offense came to play and did enough to secure his victory. Part of Ventura's problem was his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista launched back-to-back homers in the fifth inning. Now 6-7 on the season, he'll carry a 4.98 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the White Sox.
Aug 1 - 3:41 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched well in his return to the rotation on Sunday, holding the Astros to one run on six hits over seven innings in the 5-1 win.

Ventura had been sent to Triple-A earlier this month with the hopes that he could smooth out his game against minor league competition, as his 5.19 ERA simply wasn't cutting it. He was called up on June 22 to take the place of Jason Vargas, who just hit the disabled list with an elbow injury. Against the Astros on Sunday, the 24-year-old righty struck out five without walking a batter, with the only run to score against him coming on a Colby Rasmus single in the second inning. This might end up being little more than a spot start, though, as the team is reportedly on the verge of trading for Reds ace Johnny Cueto. We should get clarification on Ventura's place in the Royal rotation--if he has one--in the coming days.
Jul 26 - 4:59 PM

Royals recalled RHP Yordano Ventura from Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals had just sent Ventura down on Tuesday, but he's back by necessity now with Jason Vargas (elbow) sidelined. Ventura presumably will get a start this weekend against the Astros. The 24-year-old right-hander's ERA is at 5.19 for the season after he was knocked around for six runs over four frames on Monday.
Jul 22 - 2:42 PM

Royals optioned RHP Yordano Ventura to Triple-A Omaha.

Just as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggested. Ventura was lit up for six earned runs on 10 hits Monday night in a loss to the Pirates and will head to the farm with a highly disappointing 5.19 season ERA. The 24-year-old right-hander needs to work out some issues against a lesser level of competition. We wouldn't rule out him returning with a fury down the stretch.
Jul 21 - 4:15 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Royals have discussed demoting struggling right-hander Yordano Ventura to Triple-A.

No decision has been made yet, but it's among the possibilities being considered. Ventura has allowed nine runs in nine innings over two starts since returning from the disabled list and owns a disappointing 5.19 ERA on the year.
Jul 21 - 1:46 PM

Yordano Ventura was hit around for six runs in four innings, taking the loss on Monday facing the Pirates.

Ventura gave up 10 hits and a walk while striking out seven in his second start since coming off of the disabled list. It's been a rough year for the right-hander, between his struggles, his hand injury, and early-season anger issues. He has a 5.19 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 65/25 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. Ventura will look to turn things around at home against the Astros in his next start.
Jul 20 - 11:52 PM

Yordano Ventura picked up the win in his return from the disabled list, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings in Thursday's contest with the Rays.

Ventura went down with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand on June 18 and in his Thursday return against the Rays, he pitched unevenly, striking out four but also walking three. All three runs against him scored in the fifth inning. He threw 89 pitches (54 strikes) in his time on the mound. Ventura has struggled to the tune of a 4.73 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in the first half of the season, but he certainly has the talent to improve on those numbers and could make for an interesting buy-low candidate in AL-only formats.
Jul 9 - 5:11 PM

Royals activated RHP Yordano Ventura from the 15-day disabled list.

Ventura will return to the Royals' starting rotation on Thursday afternoon against the Rays after missing close to a month with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand. The 24-year-old has been inconsistent all season, but he remains an attractive fantasy starter in the right matchups. Tampa Bay's lineup is rather unintimidating.
Jul 9 - 11:16 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) has officially been cleared to start on Thursday against the Rays after a successful bullpen session Monday.

Ventura had been slated for another rehab start, but the Royals changed their mind after he felt good in a 'pen session over the weekend. Given the nice matchup, fantasy owners can probably go ahead and roll with the righty this week. Joe Blanton will head back to the bullpen following Ventura's return.
Jul 6 - 5:14 PM

Yordano Ventura (hand) is expected to skip his final rehab start and rejoin the Royals' rotation, likely on Thursday versus the Rays.

Ventura had been pegged to take the ball on Monday for Triple-A Omaha in a final tune-up, but it appears the club has decided he doesn't need that outing. "He's ready," manager Ned Yost said. Ventura has been on the shelf since mid-June with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand.
Jul 5 - 11:38 AM

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