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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 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

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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

Yordano Ventura has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Twins due to back stiffness.

The stiffness, which is in the middle of Ventura's back, is believed to be a minor issue. Liam Hendriks will be called up from Triple-A Omaha to take the hill against Minnesota, and Ventura will presumably return to the Royals' rotation over the weekend.
Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers on Friday.

The win brought Ventura's record above .500, as he moved to 10-9 on the season. The youngster struck out six and walked three while scattering four hits. He holds a 3.40 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in addition to a 125/53 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Twins next time out.
Aug 23 - 1:24 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday as the Royals lost to the Twins.

Ventura pitched into the seventh inning and gave up only four hits, but he issued six walks in the mostly-shaky outing. The young right-hander also struggled with his control Monday against the A's and may be hitting a bit of a wall here in mid-August. He'll carry a 9-9 record, 3.48 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Rangers.
Aug 16 - 9:51 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs and two hits over six innings Monday versus the A's.

Ventura walked four and threw 105 pitches in his six innings, preventing him from lasting long enough to gain a win tonight. The Royals didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh.
Aug 11 - 11:38 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings in a win against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Ventura punched out eight and issued one free pass. The 23-year-old right-hander went 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in his first six road starts of the season, but 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in his last two (against Boston and Tampa Bay). Having improved to 9-8 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, Ventura hosts Oakland next week.
Aug 7 - 12:49 AM

Yordano Ventura navigated his way through seven innings, yielding only two runs (one earned) en route to his eighth win of the season on Thursday against the Twins.

As he has been at several points throughout the season, Ventura was a bit sloppy with his control, but was otherwise strong. The Twins drew three walks but managed only five hits -- including a solo home run from Danny Santana -- while Ventura struck out seven. The 23-year-old has had a fine rookie campaign, sporting a 3.50 ERA with a 102/39 K/BB ratio. Ventura will toe the rubber in Arizona against the Diamondbacks next week.
Jul 31 - 11:21 PM

Yordano Ventura took a no-decision Friday after yielding four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Indians.

After being knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings last time out, Ventura showed some signs of progress in this one, allowing six hits against one walk and seven strikeouts. An error by Mike Moustakas in the seventh inning eventually allowed the tying run to score. The seven strikeouts from Ventura was his most since May 15. That's nice to see after he didn't strike out one batter in his last outing. He'll bring a 3.63 ERA into a start against the Twins next week.
Jul 26 - 12:37 AM

Yordano Ventura fell to 7-8 after allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

The Red Sox were all over Ventura, racking up nine hits and four walks without striking out before chasing him with one out in the fifth inning. Catcher David Ross was responsible for the biggest blow, homering with one on and one out in the fourth inning to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Ventura still has a respectable 3.59 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and an 88/35 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings. He'll look to rebound at home against the Indians on Friday.
Jul 20 - 4:44 PM

Yordano Ventura was terrific in Friday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.

The rookie right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth inning, before being denied by Michael Brantley's solo blast. He struck out four in the impressive outing while walking a pair. Now 6-7 on the year, he'll bring a terrific 3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 80/27 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Jul 4 - 10:28 PM

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S1James Shields
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