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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 was suspended seven games for his role in Thursday's altercation with the White Sox.
This doesn't come as a surprise as Ventura appeared to instigate the brawl by shouting obscenities at Adam Eaton. He will miss one start and have another delayed a few days now. Apr 25 - 12:29 PM

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Yordano Ventura was ejected from Thursday's start against the White Sox.

Lorenzo Cain and Edinson Volquez were also tossed from the Royals with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija given the gate from the White Sox. It's the second straight start that Ventura has been given the heave-ho. There has been bad blood between the two sides for awhile, but Ventura appeared to instigate the entire incident by shouting obscenities at Adam Eaton after fielding his comebacker in the seventh inning. That led to a benches-clearing altercation between the two clubs with punches thrown. There's a high-likelihood that he'll face some sort of suspension for this one.
Apr 23 - 10:17 PM

Yordano Ventura was ejected from Saturday's game against the A's after hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch.

This was retaliation for Lawrie sliding hard into Alcides Escobar on Friday night. Ventura's intent was clear and now he's probably headed for a suspension. The 23-year-old right-hander got hit pretty hard in this one, surrendering five runs in only 3 1/3 innings of work. Chris Young would likely get the call if Ventura is suspended for his next turn.
Apr 18 - 8:21 PM

Yordano Ventura left Sunday's start against the Angels with a right calf cramp.

It's the second straight start that the young right-hander was forced to leave early due to an injury issue, but once again he appears to have avoided anything serious. He should be good to go for Saturday's start against the Athletics.
Apr 12 - 6:42 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Ventura had to exit his last outing with a cramped right thumb, but he didn't have to miss a start. His offensive teammates made sure this was an easy one for him, as they torched C.J. Wilson for six runs while Ventura was on the mound. Albert Pujols hit a solo home run in the first inning and an RBI double in the sixth, but the Angels barely touched Ventura outside of those hits (those two accounted for half of the Angels' output against the 23-year-old). The youngster struck out seven and walked two. The low walk total is a good sign as he looks to improve on his 1.295 WHIP of 2014.
Apr 12 - 6:41 PM

Yordano Ventura was removed from Sunday's start against the Angels with an apparent leg injury.

It's unclear what the issue is exactly, but Ventura departed in the sixth inning after a visit from the trainer. He surrendered two runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings before leaving. The Royals should have an update on his status shortly.
Apr 12 - 5:56 PM

Yordano Ventura had to leave Monday's start against the White Sox due to a right thumb cramp.

Well, that's a relief. Ventura initially looked to be in a lot of pain, but the injury is minor and he's expected to be fine for his next outing. The right-hander was terrific before exiting, allowing just one run over six innings of work.
Apr 6 - 6:19 PM

Yordano Ventura left Monday's start against the White Sox with an apparent hand/wrist injury.

Ventura threw a pitch in the top of the seventh inning and then immediately fell to the ground in pain, appearing to grab his right wrist area. It looked as he exited the field that he was already feeling better, so it could just be a cramp. The Royals should update his status shortly. Ventura tossed six frames of one-run ball before departing.
Apr 6 - 6:05 PM

Royals signed RHP Yordano Ventura to a five-year, $23 million extension.

The deal includes $12 million club options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, so the Royals could potentially control all of his arbitration seasons as well as his first two years of free agency. There's obviously some risk involved in a deal like this, but it has a chance to be very team-friendly if he develops as the Royals hope. The hard-throwing 23-year-old had a 3.20 ERA and 159/69 K/BB ratio over 183 innings as a rookie in 2014.
Apr 5 - 12:18 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals and Yordano Ventura have agreed to a five-year, $23 million contract extension.

The deal also includes two option years. The Royals will now control Ventura through his arbitration years, with options in his first two years of free agency. The 23-year-old hurler will look to build upon an impressive 2014 campaign when he takes the hill against the White Sox on Opening Day on Monday.
Apr 4 - 12:22 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals and Yordano Ventura are deep in discussions regarding a five-year contract extension.

The rumored deal would include an option for a sixth season and Guarantee the 23-year-old right-hander more than $20 million. Ventura is already considered the ace of the Royals staff after posting a 3.20 ERA and 159/69 K/BB ratio over 183 innings as a rookie in 2014.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Apr 4 - 9:18 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs (one earned) over four innings in his final start of the spring Wednesday versus the Dodgers.

He yielded four hits and a walk while striking out three. Ventura ends his spring having allowed nine earned runs in 18 innings (4.50 ERA) on 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 14. Ventura will start on Opening Day for the Royals against the White Sox.
Apr 1 - 5:56 PM

Yordano Ventura was outstanding in Friday's Cactus League start against the Mariners, hurling seven innings of no-hit ball.

Ventura whiffed four on the evening, while the only baserunners he allowed were on a pair of walks. It was far and away the best start of the spring for the young right-hander who sports a 5.14 ERA and 13/6 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. Recently tabbed as the Royals' Opening Day starter, Ventura will look to carry over this dominating effort into the regular season.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM

Yordano Ventura has been named the Royals' Opening Day starter.

These things mean very little in the long run, but it's a nice vote of confidence in the 23-year-old after a strong rookie year. Ventura had a 3.20 ERA and 159/69 K/BB ratio over 183 innings last season, and he's now the unquestioned ace of the Royals' staff with James Shields gone. Look for more big things out of Ventura in 2015.
Mar 25 - 6:09 PM

Yordano Ventura yielded four runs in three innings Monday facing the Indians.

The right-hander allowed a ton of base runners: seven on hits and one on a walk, to be exact. He did strike out five as well. Two of Ventura's three spring starts have been of the poor variety. Now the ace of the Royals' staff, Ventura is coming off of a season in which he posted a 3.20 ERA with a 159/69 K/BB ratio in 183 innings.
Mar 16 - 6:45 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Brandon Finnegan
11Tim Collins