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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yordano Ventura allowed two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings of work Tuesday, striking out seven in the Royals' 4-2 win over the Astros.
Ventura limited the Astros to just four hits while walking three over his seven frames. He wasn't quite as dominant as he was in a no-decision against Tampa his first time out, but the hard-throwing right-hander was effective enough to pick up his first major league victory. He's got a great shot at win No. 2 on Sunday when the Twins come to visit. Apr 15 - 11:37 PM

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Yordano Ventura showed what all the hype is about on Tuesday, tossing six shutout innings in a no-decision against the Rays.

Ventura limited the Rays to just two hits without walking a batter, striking out six. The 22-year-old also showed off the velocity, sitting in the high 90s and touching 101 mph with his third-to-last pitch of the night. It surely wasn't the last time Ventura will impress this year. His next chance will likely come Tuesday at the Astros.
Apr 8 - 11:25 PM

Thursday afternoon's series-finale between the Royals and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.

Royals youngster Yordano Ventura was scheduled to face Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez in an exciting early-season matchup, but storms in the Detroit area forced the late-morning postponement. Ventura will be skipped in the Royals' rotation, so his 2014 regular-season debut won't be until next Tuesday. He'll be facing the Rays at home.
Apr 3 - 12:05 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed three runs in three innings while striking out five in his last Cactus League start Saturday.

In his final tune-up, Ventura gave up four hits and two walks. The right-hander finishes spring with a 2.70 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. After winning the fifth starter spot earlier this spring, Ventura has been a popular sleeper target in drafts for his strikeout ability.
Mar 29 - 5:04 PM

Yordano Ventura delivered another strong Cactus League start on Sunday, allowing just one run on five hits over five frames against the Giants.

The young right-hander walked three and struck out three in the game. He's officially locked into the Royals rotation, and cleared to pitch 180-200 innings this season. Combined with his strikeout potential, that makes him one of the biggest risers up fantasy draft boards in the last week.
Mar 23 - 11:30 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Yordano Ventura can pitch 180-200 innings this year.

Ventura was officially named the Royals' fifth starter on Monday after another outstanding Cactus League performance. He has an electric fastball and looked plenty comfortable at the major league level at the end of the 2013 season. With no real innings restriction, the 22-year-old right-hander could be a breakout fantasy starter in 2014.
Mar 19 - 5:28 PM

Yordano Ventura has been named the Royals' fifth starter.

Ventura threw six scoreless innings on Monday night against the Rangers -- fanning six and walking none -- to ice the final rotation spot. The 22-year-old right-hander is capable of hitting triple digits with his fastball and that has led to high strikeout totals at every level. He's building fantasy buzz by the minute.
Mar 17 - 11:54 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals will "likely name Yordano Ventura to their starting rotation as early as this week."

Ventura had another strong Cactus League outing on Monday night against the Rangers -- fanning six batters over six scoreless innings without issuing a walk -- further cementing his bid for that season-opening rotation spot. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander posted a 3.14 ERA and 155 strikeouts across 134 2/3 innings last summer in the minor leagues and is an intriguing fantasy sleeper for the 2014 campaign.
Mar 17 - 10:26 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Yordano Ventura is the favorite to land the final spot in the Royals' rotation.

He's out-pitched Danny Duffy (11.00 ERA) by a wide margin so far this spring, posting a 2.89 ERA with nine strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings. For what it's worth, manager Ned Yost was vague when asked who leads the competition. "Here’s the thing," Yost said. "Ventura had a great outing. Duffy had a bad outing. We’re still going to buy time. We’ve got different thoughts, different things that we’re looking at. When we make the decision, we make the decision." The fire-balling Ventura will hold plenty of appeal in fantasy leagues if he does claim the No. 5 job.
Mar 16 - 10:58 AM

Yordano Ventura was impressive in his start against the Athletics on Wednesday, blanking them over 4 1/3 innings.

The right-hander allowed only two hits, didn't issue a walk, and struck out six. Ventura, 22, is a favorite to grab the final spot in the Royals' rotation. He'll be plenty relevant in mixed leagues, using a fastball that touches 100 to accumulate the strikeouts.
Mar 12 - 5:37 PM

Yordano Ventura took the loss in Friday's Cactus League tilt against the Giants on Friday, surrendering a pair of runs on three hits in his three frames.

The flame-throwing right-hander walked one and punched out two on the afternoon. Ventura, who routinely works near the triple digits with his fastball, is the leading candidate to secure the final spot in the Royals rotation this spring. His WHIP could be an area of concern, but he definitely has the ability to miss plenty of bats.
Mar 7 - 10:27 PM

Royals GM Dayton Moore said Monday that Yordano Ventura can throw 200 innings this season.

Ventura totaled 150 innings between the minors and majors in 2013, and now the Royals are ready to really push him. The talented 22-year-old right-hander will be in the running for Kansas City's fifth rotation spot this spring. If he makes the team, he'll be worth owning in pretty much every standard mixed fantasy league. Ventura had a 10.7 K/9 on the farm in 2012 and a 10.4 K/9 last season.
Feb 10 - 3:01 PM

Yordano Ventura had the first rough start of his MLB career, surrendering three home runs in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

Ventura allowed four runs on six hits in his four innings of work, walking one and striking out two along the way. Marcus Semien, Jordan Danks and Adam Dunn each knocked one over the boards against him, accounting for all of the damage. The 22-year-old posted a respectable 3.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 11/6 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings in his three starts with the Royals this season. He'll compete for one of the final spots in the Royals rotation next Spring.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:08:00 PM

Yordano Ventura yielded one run over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision opposite the Mariners on Monday.

Ventura also gave up one run in 5 2/3 frames in his last start -- the first of his career, against the Indians on Tuesday -- and the bullpen blew leads both times that would have led to his first major league victory. The 22-year-old righty with a high-90s heater has posted an impressive 1.59 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 11 1/3 frames. Ventura will have one last shot at win No. 1, as he toes the rubber against the White Sox on Saturday.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 02:34:00 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Tuesday.

Ventura deserved a better fate, as he left in line for his first major league victory before the Royals bullpen blew the lead. He gave up five hits, all singles, and two walks in the outing. The 22-year-old regularly hit upper 90s on the radar gun, touching 100 miles per hour a few times as well. He's got a little easier task his next time out, facing the Mariners in Seattle on Monday.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:56:00 AM

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