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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 earned runs in seven innings Sunday as the Royals fell to the Cardinals.
Ventura gave up two runs in the top of the first inning on a Jhonny Peralta RBI single and a Matt Adams RBI double. The young right-hander settled in from there, but Matt Carpenter then launched a two-run homer to right-center field in the top of the sixth. Ventura will carry a 3-4 record, 4.64 ERA, and 1.23 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Cubs. It's been a rollercoaster first two months for him. May 24 - 4:52 PM

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Yordano Ventura shut out the Reds over seven innings in Tuesday's 3-0 win.

Ventura was in his finest form, surrendering just four singles while striking out six. The win was his first since April 12 as he improved to 3-3. Ventura will look to continue improving his 4.56 ERA and 1.27 WHIP Monday at the Yankees.
May 19 - 11:28 PM

Yordano Ventura was tagged for five runs in seven innings by the Rangers on Wednesday.

Ventura gave up two homers in a start for the first time since last July 25 against the Indians. It's the fourth time in his seven starts that he's allowed at least four runs, and he's currently sporting a 5.36 ERA. He's better than this, but some of those preseason expectations need to be lowered.
May 13 - 11:10 PM

Yordano Ventura struggled in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering four runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.

Ventura struck out four and walked three on the night. All of the damage against him came in the second inning on a pair of two-run singles. The young right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards though and did enough to keep his team in the ballgame. He'll head into Wednesday's start against the Rangers in Texas with a 5.13 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio through 33 1/3 innings on the season.
May 8 - 10:33 PM

Yordano Ventura has dropped the appeal of his seven-game suspension and will begin serving it on Thursday.

Ventura received the suspension after instigating a benches-clearing brawl with the White Sox last Thursday. He'll essentially miss one turn in the starting rotation and will return next Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers.
Apr 30 - 4:54 PM

Yordano Ventura gave up five runs and walked four in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Tribe.

On the plus side, it's the first time in five starts he hasn't exited due to an injury or an ejection. Just 54 of Ventura's 98 pitches tonight were strikes, and he fanned just one. He entered with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings, so he wasn't having these kinds of problems previously. He'll face the Indians again next time out, but that start will be at home.
Apr 29 - 10:44 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Drew Butera
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
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Ryan Madson
8Joe Blanton
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn