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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher | #30

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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 struck out six across six shutout innings in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Marlins.
The right-hander walked just one while yielded six hits -- five of which were singles. Andrew Cashner matched Ventura for much of the game before Lorenzo Cain broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with an RBI single. Ventura has registered four straight quality starts to lower his ERA to 4.27. The Royals have now won nine games in a row. Ventura gets the Red Sox in his next trip to the hill. Aug 23 - 10:44 PM

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Yordano Ventura gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings but came away without a decision as the Royals beat the Tigers 4-1 on Wednesday.

He gave up five hits and two free passes while fanning seven. His lone mistake was a gopherball to Victor Martinez in the second inning. Ventura has a 4.46 ERA with 108 strikeouts and 57 walks in 139 1/3 innings. He has been a bit of a disappointment for his owners this year, but at the young age of 25 he still has room to improve. He has a two-start week coming up with games against the Marlins and Red Sox.
Aug 17 - 10:34 PM

Yordano Ventura yielded three runs over seven innings in a win over the Twins on Friday.

Ventura limited the Twins to four hits while walking one and striking out nine. The only damage came on home run balls from Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier. Ventura has now won back-to-back starts for the first time since mid-June and has a 4.60 ERA and 101/55 K/BB ratio over 133 innings on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Tigers on the road next week.
Aug 13 - 1:20 AM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs over five innings in Tuesday's start against the Rays.

Ventura gave up six hits and walked four in his five innings, but he was largely able to avoid major damage. The Royals won the game but Ventura didn't factor in the decision, so he's still winless since June 17. The right-hander is 6-9 overall with a 4.83 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 21 starts. He'll keep looking for that elusive win Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Aug 2 - 10:42 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed three runs in an eight-inning, complete-game loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Ventura gave up a solitary walk and just four hits, but three of them -- two by Mitch Moreland and one by Rougned Odor -- left the yard. It was enough to saddle Ventura with the loss, dropping him to 6-9. He's now lost five straight decisions and owns a 4.88 ERA in 20 starts. Ventura will try to stop the bleeding Tuesday at the Rays.
Jul 28 - 11:56 PM

Yordano Ventura suffered a right rib contusion on Saturday night against the Rangers.

Ventura was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Adrian Beltre, and the ball had an exit velocity of 109 mph. But thankfully X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine for his next turn in the Kansas City rotation. The right-hander yielded three earned runs on three hits and four walks over five innings against Texas.
Jul 23 - 9:13 PM

Yordano Ventura took a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings.

Ventura allowed the two runs on his line to score in wonky enough fashion. The first came home on a third-inning balk, the second on a sixth-inning wild pitch. Those two miscues were enough to prevent Ventura from qualifying for a decision. 2016 has mostly been a struggle for the 25-year-old right-hander. Even with Sunday's nice showing in the books, he still holds a 4.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Little to love on the fantasy front here unless Ventura can begin to string together a series of starts in the model of this most recent one. A home showdown with the Rangers shows next on his schedule.
Jul 17 - 3:38 PM

Yordano Ventura logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Mariners on Friday, surrendering three runs on six hits across his seven innings.

The right-hander punched out five and walked one in the contest, showing no ill-effects of the ankle injury that forced his early exit last time out. The big blow against him came in the sixth inning where Seth Smith and Robinson Cano each raced home on a wild pitch. Ventura finished the first half with a 6-7 record, 5.15 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 69/40 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 8:51 AM

Yordano Ventura left Sunday's outing against the Phillies in the third inning with an apparent right ankle injury.

Ventura looked to roll his ankle while trying to avoid a tag. He might not have lasted much longer, anyway, having allowed four runs. The Royals should have an update on Ventura after the game.
Jul 3 - 2:39 PM

Making his first start since his suspension, Yordano Ventura gave up seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Ventura allowed a solo home run among his seven hits given up, and he also walked three. It was a disappointing return after he'd been pitching so well prior to the eight-game suspension levied after Ventura beaned Manny Machado earlier this month. Perhaps some of his struggles Tuesday could be attributed to rust, and the volatile 25-year-old will look to improve upon his 5.00 ERA and 1.45 WHIP against the Phillies on Sunday.
Jun 28 - 11:23 PM

Yordano Ventura has accepted an eight-game suspension.

Ventura and his agent worked a deal with MLB to lower the suspension one game, and the right-hander has in turn dropped his appeal. Ventura was issued the punishment for his role in a benches-clearing brawl earlier this month in Baltimore. He's made two excellent starts since the incident but will now take one turn off.
Jun 18 - 5:31 PM

Yordano Ventura was outstanding again in Friday's victory over the Tigers, scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

The right-hander racked up five strikeouts on the night without issuing a walk. He has now delivered two straight gems since he was suspended for his role in the brawl with Manny Machado and the Orioles. Now 6-4 on the season, he'll bring a 4.54 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Astros. If he's available on the waiver wire, he's certainly worth the gamble at this point.
Jun 17 - 11:51 PM

Yordano Ventura was fantastic in Sunday's 3-1 win over the White Sox, striking out 10 while allowing just one run over seven innings.

Ventura scattered five hits on the afternoon. One of those left the park, as Jose Abreu banged a solo dinger off the 25-year-old right-hander in the sixth inning. That would be the only run Ventura allowed. He is currently appealing a nine-game suspension levied against him after he plunked Manny Machado to incite a brawl in Tuesday's game against the Orioles. When he hasn't been causing trouble, he has mostly been posting troubling starts. To wit, he currently holds a 4.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 54/36 K/BB ratio over 73 innings. A home start against the Tigers shows next on his schedule.
Jun 12 - 6:36 PM

Yordano Ventura has been suspended nine games for his role in Tuesday night's benches-clearing brawl with the Orioles.

Ventura instigated a fight by beaning Manny Machado with a 99 mph fastball. Machado was slapped with a four-game ban for charging the mound. Both players are appealing their suspensions. Ventura has developed a reputation for throwing at hitters and manager Ned Yost hinted that the team is tired of his antics. The right-hander's "me against the world" mentality would be a lot easier to forgive if Ventura was pitching well. Unfortunately that hasn't been the case as Ventura has struggled to a disappointing 5.32 ERA over 12 starts.
Jun 9 - 6:10 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Royals "have broached other teams' interest" in volatile starting pitcher Yordano Ventura.

These discussions happened before Ventura made a fool of himself Tuesday night in Baltimore, chirping and throwing at Manny Machado twice in the second inning before finally plunking the Orioles star with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Machado charged the mound and got a few shots in on the 25-year-old right-hander before a mass of players and coaches separated the two. They were both ejected. Ventura is sitting on an ugly 5.32 ERA through 12 starts this season, and he's walked 35 batters in 66 innings. At this point, it would probably be difficult for the Royals to move him for any type of fair return. He almost certainly has a suspension coming.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Jun 8 - 9:44 AM

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