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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 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

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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

Yordano Ventura threw three shutout innings Wednesday, striking out three, in a Cactus League win over the Padres.

Ventura gave up four hits and a walk in the start, but he managed to keep the Padres off the scoreboard. It'll be Ventura's chance to lead the Royals' rotation this year with James Shields now gone. The 23-year-old has the stuff to be a terrific real-life and fantasy player in 2015.
Mar 11 - 7:23 PM

Yordano Ventura was hit hard in his Cactus League debut against the Indians on Friday, giving up four runs on four hits and a pair of walks in just one inning of work.

The hard-throwing struck out Mike Aviles after a leadoff walk to Michael Bourn, but the wheels came off after that, with Ryan Raburn’s two-run single providing the bulk of the damage. The 23-year-old enters the 2015 season as the de-facto ace of the Royals staff after compiling a 3.20 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 159/69 K/BB ratio over 183 innings last season.
Mar 6 - 6:29 PM

Yordano Ventura came up big for the Royals Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 10-0 World Series Game 6 victory.

He was a little wild, walking five, but Ventura yielded just three hits (two singles) while striking out four. The young right-hander upped his flash as the game went along and hit 100 mph on the radar gun a couple times among his last few offerings. With just two runs surrendered over 12 1/3 World Series innings, it’s safe to say the shoulder tightness Ventura experience during the ALCS isn’t a concern going into the offseason. The Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie in Wednesday’s Game 7.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:39:00 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Ventura came out throwing smoke, and it bit him early when Gregor Blanco turned on a 98 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. But the 23-year-old wasn't rattled, allowing just one more run over the rest of his time. Two singles in the sixth inning -- a soft liner to center and an infield single -- prompted manager Ned Yost to call on his bullpen, but Kelvin Herrera escaped without harm to save Ventura from a worse fate. The rookie acquitted himself well in his first World Series start, and he'll likely start a potential Game 6 should the series require it.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:39:00 PM

Yordano Ventura will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Royals.

Ventura left his last start with some tightness in his right shoulder, but it seems to be a minor issue and won't affect his readiness for the World Series. He will follow James Shields in the Royals rotation. In his first postseason, Ventura owns a 4.85 ERA over 13 innings.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't expect Yordano Ventura (shoulder) to miss his next start.

Ventura left Saturday's start against the Orioles with right shoulder tightness, but the Royals classified him as day-to-day from the beginning and it doesn't sound too serious. Still, the Royals would likely prefer to take care of business before a potential Game 6 to give Ventura some time to rest. Ventura allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings before exiting Saturday's Game 2, and he didn't factor in the decision.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:51:00 PM

Yordano Ventura left Saturday's ALCS Game 2 due to right shoulder tightness.

Ventura grimaced on his final pitch and left rather abruptly, but the Royals are calling him day-to-day for now. He wasn't particularly sharp before exiting, so the injury may have factored in his struggles. Ventura allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings, and it's unclear how the injury impacts his availability going forward.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Yordano Ventura left his start in Game 2 of the ALCS due to injury.

Ventura was looking to get out of the sixth inning when he seemed to hurt himself on a pitch. After a visit from Royals trainer Nick Kenney, Ventura walked off. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and three walks through 5 2/3 innings before exiting. The Royals should give an update on his status shortly.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 06:48:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Yordano Ventura will "probably" start Game 2 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Saturday.

James Shields is already lined up for Game 1. Ventura tossed seven-innings of one-run ball in the ALDS against the Angels last Friday and will be working on seven days of rest.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Yordano Ventura was outstanding in his first career postseason start on Friday, but had to settle for a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits over his seven innings.

The flame-throwing right-hander punched out five and issued just one free pass on the night. The only blemish on his evening was a two-out RBI single by Albert Pujols in the sixth inning. He was routinely hitting triple digits on the radar gun throughout the performance, including several times in his final inning of work. The future looks exceedingly bright for the 23-year-old hurler who should be a very popular name in next spring’s fantasy drafts.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 01:34:00 AM

Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup against the Angels.

Ventura gave up a big three-run homer to Brandon Moss in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, but that hasn't swayed the Royals' confidence in the flamethrowing 23-year-old right-hander. Ventura finished the 2014 regular season with a superb 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings. Jason Vargas is starting Game 1.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 05:24:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 07:57:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3J.C. Boscan
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Alex Liddi
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Mitch Maier
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Paulo Orlando
RF1Alex Rios
2Moises Sierra
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Edinson Volquez
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Joe Paterson
9Ryan Madson
10Franklin Morales
11Joe Blanton
12Brian Broderick
13Roman Colon
14Casey Coleman