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30 Yordano Ventura SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/180 | Birthdate: 6/3/1991 | Birthplace: Samana, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 94/61 | Average Draft Position: 111.60
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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura strikes out seven in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Kansas City's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Ventura had issues in the first inning when he issued two consecutive walks to open the game. Then, Jhonny Peralta singled to bring home a run before Matt Adams doubled to center to plate another.

"He was just missing. There were some pitches I thought could go either way that resulted in walks," manager Ned Yost said to MLB.com. "The one bad pitch he made all day was he pulled a changeup to [Matt] Carpenter up and in, and he hit it down the line [for a homer].

"After that first inning, I thought he threw the ball awesome."

Ventura had more problems in the sixth when he allowed a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter. Ventura, now 3-4, moved his ERA to 4.64 in 54 1/3 innings of work.

He will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Cubs.


Danny Duffy injury forces Royals to shuffle rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Royals will skip pitcher Danny Duffy in the starting rotation, per the Kansas City Star. Duffy is suffering from shoulder stiffness. 

"Yesterday as I got through warming up, it just grabbed a little bit. Felt like I needed a little WD-40 in there," Duffy said, per MLB.com.

Duffy was scheduled to pitch on Saturday. Edinson Volquez, originally scheduled to start on Sunday, will move up a day to replace Duffy on Saturday.

Yordano Ventura, scheduled for Monday, will also move up a day and pitch on Sunday.

Duffy will get bumped back to a Tuesday start.  


Royals starter Yordano Ventura tosses seven shutout IP for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (3-3) tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday to defeat the Reds.

Ventura allowed four hits and fan six in the strong outing.

"He went seven innings and got a lot of ground balls," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It shows what a plus fastball, plus changeup can do. When he changes speeds like that you have to gear up for the velocity and then adjust when he changes speeds. He did a good job."

The performance ended a mini slump for Ventura, who had allowed 14 runs in 18 1/3 innings over his last three starts.

"This is the best I've felt this season," Ventura said with teammate Christian Colon acting as his interpreter. "All my pitches were sharp. I was just focused on having my pitches down in the zone and having quality pitches."

Ventura's next start is set for Monday in New York against the Yankees.


Royals' Yordano Ventura allows five runs in loss vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura took the loss on Wednesday, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Rangers.

Ventura (2-3) allowed a solo home run in the first inning and couldn't get out of the frame before a second run scored. He then surrendered a two-run home run in the second inning and let one more run come home in the fourth, giving him his third start in his last five games with five runs allowed.

"I thought he did a nice job of containing the damage and keeping us in there," manager Ned Yost said after the game, per MLB.com. "I thought he came out and had all kinds of intensity. I was real pleased with it. He came out and competed."

Ventura owns a 5.36 ERA and 30:15 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Reds at home Tuesday.


Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura takes no-decision Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura surrendered four runs on eight hits in six innings Friday for a no-decision against the Tigers. 

All four runs were given up in the second inning via two-run singles from Andrew Romine and Ian Kinsler. 

Ventura's next start is set for Wednesday in Texas.


Royals starter Yordano Ventura drops appeal of suspension


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Royals are reporting that right-hander Yordano Ventura has dropped the appeal to his seven-game suspension and will start serving it immediately.

Ventura was slapped with the penalty for instigating a brawl against the White Sox by hitting Adam Eaton with a pitch and yelling at him afterward.

His decision will keep him sidelined until at least May 8, when he would be eligible to pitch in Detroit. Edinson Volquez, however, is scheduled to start that game.

Ventura did not perform well in his only start since the incident. He blew a lead Wednesday to Cleveland in giving up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and issuing a season-high four walks.


Royals' Yordano Ventura takes loss vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was stuck with the loss Wednesday, allowing five earned runs on six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 7-5 defeat against the Indians.

Ventura (2-2) surrendered five runs for the second time in his last three games Wednesday while walking more than two batters for the first time this season. He surrendered a three-run home run in the third inning and was charged with two of the Indians' three runs in the sixth inning, which gave Cleveland the lead for good.

Ventura owns a 4.94 ERA and 20:10 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Indians again Monday.


Royals back Yordano Ventura after Thursday's incident


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Despite being involved in his third on-field incident in less than a month, teammates of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were quick to defend Ventura, reports MLB.com.

"He's a young kid," center fielder Lorenzo Cain said. "He was a little aggressive [Thursday], but at the same time, we're gonna back our teammates regardless. That's what we do. We're a family in here."

Ventura instigated a benches-clearing incident when he yelled profanity at Adam Eaton after Eaton hit a pitch back to Ventura during Thursday's contest.

After the game, manager Ned Yost said Ventura, 23, needs to do a better job of keeping his emotions in check.

"Yeah, that was our conversation after the game," Yost said. "You know, he's a young guy. I had trouble learning to control my emotions when I was young. It's something you have to continue to work on. He knows it. It just comes out. He's a competitive guy. He's going to work on controlling his emotions from here out."

Ventura was ejected from the game and he admitted afterward that he's had trouble dealing with his emotions during games.

"The last three outings my emotions have spilled over and gotten the better of me," he said. "I'm an emotional pitcher but I need to work on controlling my emotions. I want to do that. Moving forward I certainly want to avoid the way [things] have ended. I'll use the emotions to pitch and not go over the top."


Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


Royals' Kelvin Herrera suspended five games, Ventura fined


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games after throwing behind Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie Sunday, while starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has been fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Lawrie with a pitch Saturday.

Lawrie has been surrounded by controversy after a hard slide into second base Friday injured the knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Both pitchers were ejected in their respective games.

Herrera, who is appealing his suspension according to the Kansas City Star, has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances. Ventura's avoidance of his suspension keeps him in line to face Chris Sale Thursday.


Royals ace Ventura ejected for beaning Athletics' Lawrie


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was ejected by umpire Jim Joyce in the fourth inning Saturday night for hitting Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie with a pitch.

The benches emptied, but no punches were thrown and the players soon dispersed, according to Comcast SportsNet.

"He really just lost command most of the night," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was all over the place."

Lawrie has been in the center of a controversy after a hard slide into second base Friday caused injury to Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Ventura collapsed in the fourth after three no-hit innings. He had already given up five runs when he beaned Lawrie.


Royals' Ventura making adjustments to deal with cramping issues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has left his first two starts this season due to cramping issues (thumb, calf). Manager Ned Yost said the right-hander is taking the necessary steps to make sure that doesn't happen again, according to MLB Network Radio.

"He's making adjustments in his diet and hydrating two days before his start," Yost said.

Ventura is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Athletics. He is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA.


Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura leaves with calf cramp Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura left his start Sunday against the Angels while dealing with calf cramp, reports Fox Sports Kansas City.

Ventura, who allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings, pulled up lame and couldn't cover first on an grounder. He spoke with a team trainer before being pulled from the game. He earned his second win of the season despite leaving with a trainer for the second consecutive start. He now has a 2.31 ERA.

He will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Athletics.


Royals' Yost on Yordano Ventura: 'He's fine now'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was removed from his Opening Day start due to a thumb cramp, is fine, MLB.com reports.

"He could throw today," Yost said before Wednesday's game.

Ventura crumpled to the ground in pain after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning Monday. Yost said he was unsure of what caused the cramps.

"I don't know. Maybe dehydration?" Yost said. "I know I get them sometimes when I'm driving my tractor on the farm for a long time -- my thumb will do the same thing. It probably has to do with not taking a lot of fluids."

Ventura is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Angels.

"I think he just has to stay hydrated, I think with him, it was Opening Day and you lose focus and you don't stay hydrated. That's the main thing. Opening Day, you get out of your routine, and he got out of his routine.

"But he's fine now."


Yordano Ventura earns injury-shortened win for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura earned a win in a 10-1 win over the White Sox on Opening Day. 

Ventura allowed one run on four hits in six-plus innings. 

Ventura walked one and struck out two. The only damage against him was a solo homer by Jose Abreu to lead off the seventh inning. Ventura was forced to leave the game after Abreu's home run after suffering a thumb cramp. 

''I felt the thumb lock up on me,'' Ventura said. ''My first thought, it was something really bad, but I'm really happy that it's not. I'm not concerned about it at all. It's just a cramp, though, but it surprised me.''

Ventura threw 81 pitches, 56 for strikes. 


Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura leaves game with thumb cramp


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura left Monday's game against the White Sox with a thumb cramp, the team announced.

Ventura threw a pitch in the top of the seventh inning and immediately grabbed at his throwing hand as he went to the ground. It is unknown what the injury was and he was replaced by Kelvin Herrera.

Ventura gave up one run on four hits with two strikeouts in six plus innings of work. 


Royals, Yordano Ventura agree to five-year, $23 million extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Royals and starting pitcher Yordano Ventura reached an agreement on a long-term extension, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Saturday.

Extension talks were first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Ventura will receive $23 million guaranteed over five years, with two option years, per Heyman.

Ventura, 23, registered an ERA of 4.50 with 16 strikeouts and seven walks in 18 innings pitched this spring. He held a 3.20 ERA with a 159:69 K:BB ratio over 183 innings pitched in 2014. The right-hander fired seven shutout innings in Game 6 of the World Series against San Francisco.


Report: Royals working on five-year extension with P Yordano Ventura


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Royals and pitcher Yordano Ventura are working on a five-year extension, according to Yahoo Sports.

Ventura finished the 2014 season with an ERA of 3.20 in 183 innings pitched with 159 strikeouts and 69 walks. 

This spring, the 23-year-old has posted an ERA of 4.50 with 16 strikeouts and seven walks in 18 innings pitched.


Royals' Yordano Ventura throws four innings in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura made his final start of the spring Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk in four innings while striking out three in his team's 4-4 tie with the Dodgers.

Ventura finishes the Cactus League season with a 4.50 ERA and 16:7 K:BB ratio in 18 innings. His next will come Monday against the White Sox on Opening Day.


Seven no-hit innings for Royals' Yordano Ventura


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura threw seven no-hit innings in Friday's start. 

Ventura walked two and struck out four, while throwing 49 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He lowered his spring ERA to 5.14.

The Royals took Ventura from the game after the seventh, as reliever Jason Frasor made it one out further before giving up a hit. 

The bullpen completed the one-hitter. 


Royals name Yordano Ventura Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) The Royals have named pitcher Yordano Ventura the starter for Opening Day, the Kansas City Star reports.

Ventura gets the call after going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 159:69 K:BB ratio in 183 innings last season in his first full year with the team. He capped the year with an uneven postseason but finished strong, allowing just two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over two World Series starts. Manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Ventura's performance in Game 6 of the World Series solidified his confidence in handing the young pitcher the Opening Day assignment.

Yost also said that Ventura will be followed by Danny Duffy, Edinson Volquez, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.


Royals' Yordano Ventura sharper in second spring outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) After giving up four runs in one inning in his spring debut, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura tossed three scoreless innings Wednesday, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out three.

"[Ventura] made a really great adjustment from his last outing," manager Ned Yost said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He stopped going over his front side as much [during his delivery]. And he was really down in the zone in his last two innings. He did a good job."

Ventura is the likely choice to start on opening day for the Royals.


Royals' Yordano Ventura knocked around on Friday


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(3/6/2015) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was knocked around in his spring debut against the Indians.

Ventura allowed four runs on four hits in just one inning of work. He issued two walks, and struck out one during the appearance. After a breakout season in 2014, Ventura is pretty much guaranteed a rotation spot, so there's no real reason to panic about the performance.

The 23-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 183 innings last season. 


Report: Braves wanted Yordano Ventura in return for Evan Gattis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) According to MLB.com reporter Mark Bowman, when the Royals expressed interest in trading for catcher Evan Gattis, the Braves asked for pitcher Yordano Ventura in return. The Royals aren't expected to trade their young right-hander in the offseason, per the report.

The Braves have been shopping Gattis around to multiple teams, including the Astros, Athletics and Marlins. If he stays put in Atlanta, the Braves are expected to move him to left field to start the season.


Royals SP Yordano Ventura goes seven innings in Game 6 shutout


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura picked up the win Tuesday, giving up three hits and five walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 10-0 victory over the Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

The Royals pulled the series even at 3-3 behind a seven-run second inning on offense and the effective wildness of the rookie Ventura (1-0), who walked the bases loaded with one out in the third inning but induced a ground-ball double play to escape unscathed. The Royals have won all five playoff games in which Ventura has pitched, though this is his first decision recorded. The two teams head to Wednesday for a decisive Game 7 in Kansas City.