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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher | #30

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Yordano Ventura surrendered three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.
Ventura walked four and gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Todd Frazier. The hard-throwing right-hander carries an underwhelming 4.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings this season, along with a hideous 34/33 K/BB ratio. He gets the White Sox at home next. May 22 - 5:18 PM

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Yordano Ventura allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings but took home a win Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Ventura benefited from being the less meh of the two starters, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The win was his second in a row, improving him to 4-2, but his ERA rose to 4.85 with a 1.55 WHIP through eight starts. Despite the good record, the 24-year-old is obviously still not where he wants to be -- and where he's talented enough to be. Ventura will keep searching for that dominant form Sunday at the White Sox.
May 17 - 11:39 PM

Monday's game between the Red Sox and Royals has been postponed due to rain in the forecast in Kansas City.

The two clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Monday's scheduled starters, Rick Porcello and Yordano Ventura, will presumably be pushed back to Tuesday.
May 16 - 4:59 PM

Yordano Ventura tossed a quality start against the Yankees on Wednesday and picked up his third win of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks in six innings of work.

Ventura was far from sharp. He walked three, gave up a home run, and only struck out one. Fortunately for him, his offense spotted him a four-run lead in the first inning. The right-hander has walked (28) more batters than he has struck out (26) in 2016, and he's seen his fastball velocity decline by approximately 1.5 mph. His ERA now sits at a lofty 4.62 after 37 innings. Ventura seems rather far removed from the potential top-of-the-rotation starter we all dreamed about a few years ago when he made his debut.
May 11 - 10:58 PM

Yordano Ventura was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits in just four innings of work.

Ventura struggled badly with his command, issuing five free passes while striking out three in the outing. The Indians scratched out a run in the first against him, then broke the game open with a four-spot in the third. He'll look to improve upon a disappointing 4.65 ERA and 1.58 WHIP when he takes on the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.
May 6 - 10:15 PM

Yordano Ventura only lasted four innings in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, giving up five runs on three hits and a whopping six walks.

Ventura seemingly walked the world on Saturday. He set the tone for the night when he issued back-to-back walks with two outs to Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind in the first inning, a self-inflicted mess that was immediately followed up with a three-run bomb from Kyle Seager. That was all the Mariners needed. This actually was the second six-walk outing of the year for Ventura, who now owns a 22/20 K/BB ratio. Still, his ERA only sits at 3.67 and this was the first time he allowed more than two runs in a start. It's far too early to be jumping ship, even if his walk rate is becoming untenable.
May 1 - 1:21 AM

Yordano Ventura limited the Orioles to one run over seven innings Sunday in the Royals' 6-1 win.

Ventura cruised right through the Orioles' red-hot batting order, yielding just three hits and two walks while whiffing four. He needed only 96 pitches to make it all the way through the seventh -- a good sign for his off-and-on issues with command. The right-hander stands 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 23 innings this season. He'll try to keep it all working next time out in Seattle.
Apr 24 - 5:10 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed six hits and three walks but just two runs over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Ventura allowed a two-run double to Miguel Cabrera and twice loaded the bases before escaping jams over his five innings of work. He also got some help from five strikeouts. The win was his first of the season and left him with a 2.81 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through three starts. He'll look to make it two in a row Sunday against the Orioles.
Apr 19 - 10:49 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched six innings and allowed just one run Wednesday against the Astros.

The run came on Jose Altuve's dinger in the sixth. Ventura struck out six and walked three. His velocity didn't show up until the middle innings, so it'd be nice to see that start to come back these next few weeks. Of course, he's still throwing in the mid-90s anyway, but we're used to seeing upper-90s from him.
Apr 14 - 12:04 AM

Yordano Ventura walked six batters and allowed two runs over five-plus innings Friday against the Twins.

Ventura allowed just two hits and struck out six, but the walks got him into some trouble. He walked Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano to begin the sixth inning before being pulled for Luke Hochevar. The tying run eventually came around to score. The 24-year-old has electric stuff and took a nice step forward during the second half last year, but we’re still waiting for him to put it all together.
Apr 9 - 1:18 AM

Yordano Ventura struck out four while allowing one run over two innings in his final Cactus League start Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Ventura yielded four hits to go with his four strikeouts. The hard-throwing righty owned a 9.00 ERA in exhibition play, but it's not a huge concern heading into the season. Ventura has ace upside, and after a relatively disappointing 4.08 ERA last season, many are hopeful this is the year he puts it all together.
Apr 2 - 6:06 PM

Yordano Ventura won't make the trip to pitch in San Antonio this weekend due to illness.

It shouldn't have an impact on his preparation for the regular season. Dillon Gee will start in his place Friday.
Mar 16 - 2:10 PM

Yordano Ventura recorded six strikeouts over four frames of one-run ball in Monday's win over the White Sox.

He yielded three hits and walked one in the outing. Ventura has now struck out 10 while walking just one batter over his nine innings this spring. He pitched very well down the stretch last season for the World Champs and will look to take another step forward in 2016.
Mar 14 - 7:27 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed three runs on five hits over three innings against the Brewers on Wednesday.

Ventura was perfect in his Friday spring debut. Less perfection evident on Wednesday. On the positive side, the 24-year-old right-hander did strike out three. He pitched to a career-high ERA of 4.08 last season, but that came on a respectable 3.57 FIP. Ventura is still young enough that we probably haven't seen his best work in the majors yet.
Mar 9 - 7:01 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched well in his Cactus League debut on Friday, allowing just one hit over two scoreless frames against the Padres.

Ventura struck out one and didn't walk a batter on the evening. While it's just a couple of innings in a meaningless spring game, it had to help take the bad taste out of his mouth from his final start of 2015 where he was knocked around by the Mets in Game 3 of the World Series.
Mar 4 - 11:50 PM

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