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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 91/51 | Average Draft Position: 175.21
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Yordano Ventura lasts five innings Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura lasted five innings Wednesday against the Rays. 

Ventura ran into big issues with his control, and it wound up hurting him in a big way. In the fourth inning, Ventura gave up a single and two walks to load the bases. With two outs, he allowed a grand slam to Kevin Kiermaier. He lasted just one more inning before being pulled. Ventura tossed 104 pitches during the start.

Ventura gave up four earned runs on five hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out five during the appearance. The Royals managed to come back and win the game, saddling Ventura with a no-decision. It’s unclear where he’ll slot into the team’s rotation following the All-Star break.


Yordano Ventura nearly goes the distance in win over Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura bounced back with another dominant effort Friday against Cleveland, scattering six hits and one run over 8 1/3 innings to improve to 6-7 on the year.

Ventura also struck out four and walked two in 113 pitches, 66 for strikes. Over his last six starts covering 39 1/3 innings, Ventura has allowed 11 earned runs.

Following the 7-1 road win, Ventura will look to keep rolling away from home Wednesday against Tampa Bay.

Yordano Ventura pitches four innings in rain-shortened start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura took the loss Saturday after giving up two earned runs on seven hits in four innings while striking out three in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Angels.

Ventura (5-7) would likely have gone at least two more innings before a lengthy rain delay ended his start with just 56 pitches on the board. It's the first time in five June starts that the rookie hasn't completed six innings. Ventura owns a 3.26 ERA and 76:25 K:BB ratio in 88 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians Friday.


Yordano Ventura gets back to .500 with another win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura got plenty of help as he extended his winning streak to three games as he took down the Tigers, 11-4.

Ventura completed seven innings for the second start in a row, and never trailed after an early offensive explosion. He limited the Tigers to three runs in seven innings of work, on eight hits and a pair of walks. Ventura also struck out four batters while throwing 102 pitches, his highest total in more than a month.

Ventura has won three straight games to improve his record to 5-5 through 13 starts. He carries a 3.26 ERA into his next start, set for Sunday against the Mariners. 


Yordano Ventura wins second straight with seven strong innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura won his second start in a row Wednesday, as he took down the Indians, 4-1.

Ventura tossed seven strong innings, limiting the Indians to just one run. He scattered six hits and did not issue a walk on 85 pitches. He struck out just three batters, while picking up 12 of 21 outs via ground ball en route to the win.

Ventura's strikeout rate has plummeted over his last handful of starts, but he has tossed consecutive quality starts in a row despite that. He is 4-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 70 1/3 innings of work heading into his next outing, set for Tuesday in Detroit. 


Royals adjust starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Monday's home contest against the Yankees postponed because of inclement weather, Royals manager Ned Yost will give his starting rotation an extra day of rest, the Kansas City Star reports.

Jason Vargas, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, will be pushed back for Tuesday's opener against the Indians, followed by Yordano Ventura on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the hill for a weekend series against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, followed by Danny Duffy on Saturday and James Shields on Sunday.

Yordano Ventura goes six strong in win over Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura (3-5) put together a quality start on Thursday, leading his team to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals. The right-hander allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 21 innings, Ventura has allowed 13 earned runs. He owns a 3.41 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 60:21 K:BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. He will make his next start Tuesday at home against Cleveland.

Yordano Ventura all set to start Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura completed a bullpen session without any reported issues and is on track to start Thursday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, pitching coach Dave Eiland told the Kansas City Star.

Ventura left his last start May 26 with elbow discomfort. He owns a 3.45 ERA and 59:19 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings.

Yordano Ventura slated to start Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura will throw a rigorous bullpen session Monday and is penciled in to start Thursday against the Cardinals, reports the Kansas City Star. "He's on track," manager Ned Yost told the paper.

Ventura left his last start May 26 with elbow discomfort.


Yordano Ventura penciled in as Thursday's starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura (elbow) has been penciled in to start Wednesday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Kansas City Star reports.

However, Ventura, who completed a bullpen session on Saturday without any issues, will throw a more "rigorous" bullpen session on Monday, according to the paper. If he makes it out without any issues, he will be cleared to start Wednesday.

Yordano Ventura scheduled for light 'pen session Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura played catch Friday without any issues, pitching coach Dave Eiland told reporters, per the Kansas City Star. Ventura, who is dealing with valgus stress overload, will throw a light bullpen Saturday, and a full one on Monday.

"He feels fine," Eiland said.

Yordano Ventura diagnosed with valgus stress overload


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said during the team's television broadcast Tuesday that pitcher Yordano Ventura is dealing with valgus stress overload, Yahoo! Sports reports.

"Even if on the lateral side, excessive valgus force can lead to cartilage damage, arthritis [and] bone chips," according to the report. "And instability leaves [the] UCL prone."

The MRI on Ventura's elbow came back clean earlier Tuesday, and he is expected to miss just one start. However, the new development could lead to further issues down the road.


Yordano Ventura expected to miss only one start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) The MRI on pitcher Yordano Ventura's elbow came back clean and he's expected to miss only one start, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Ventura (2-5, 3.45 ERA) left Monday's game with elbow discomfort.

Royals hope Yordano Ventura will only miss 1 or 2 starts


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost told MLB Network Radio he's hopeful that pitcher Yordano Ventura, who left Monday's start with elbow discomfort, will miss only one or two starts. Ventura will get an MRI on Tuesday.

Yost said Ventura felt discomfort when throwing his fastball but not his breaking ball, and suggested it could be a hyperextension.


Yordano Ventura exits start Monday with elbow discomfort


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was removed from Monday's start against the Astros due to lateral elbow discomfort, the Kansas City Star reports.

Ventura was struggling on the mound before leaving with the injury, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings while striking out three, and he displayed reduced velocity on his fastball before being removed. He is scheduled for an MRI Tuesday. Ventura owns a 3.45 ERA and 59:19 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings.


Yordano Ventura suffers fourth loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura took the loss Tuesday after giving up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings and striking out three in his team's 7-6 loss to the White Sox.

Ventura (2-4) has now suffered three straight losses, though Tuesday's start was the first time he surrendered more than three runs since April 20. He also uncorked three wild pitches in the game. Ventura owns a 2.80 ERA and 56:16 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Astros Monday.


Yordano Ventura takes another tough loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura continues to pitch well without much help, as he lost his second start in a row Thursday against the Orioles.

Ventura tossed his third quality start without a win to show for it, as he pitched into the 7th inning and made just one mistake. He allowed a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning, but was flawless otherwise in a 2-1 loss.

Ventura was charged with two runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out nine batter, his second-highest total of the season.

Ventura is now just 2-3 on the season, despite posting a 2.40 ERA in 48 2/3 innings of work. The Royals are averaging just 2.9 runs in his starts, and he will hope for better luck in his next start, set for Tuesday against the White Sox.  


Yordano Ventura gives up two home runs in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura took the loss Saturday after giving up three earned runs on six hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out three and surrendering two home runs in his team's 3-1 loss to the Mariners.

Ventura (2-2) was touched up for a two-run home run in the fourth and a solo shot in the sixth. He endured his first start recording more walks than strikeouts after pitching well over his first six outings. Ventura owns a 2.34 ERA and 44:15 K:BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings going into a matchup with the Orioles Friday.


Yordano Ventura strikes out 10 in quality start Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura turned in a quality start Monday, giving up three earned runs on five hits while racking up 10 strikeouts and walking none in his team's 6-5, extra-innings loss to the Padres.

Ventura cruised through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, when he served up a game-tying three-run home run. His offense was able to get the lead back in the top of the seventh, but the bullpen allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. Ventura owns a 2.00 ERA and 41:11 K:BB ratio in 36 innings. He's up against the Mariners in Seattle Saturday.


Yordano Ventura tosses five scoreless innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Royals rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura allowed just two hits and two walks in five scoreless innings while striking out four but didn't factor into the decision in his team's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays Wednesday.

Ventura has now tossed 13 scoreless innings in his last two starts, and four of his five earned runs surrendered this season have been limited to one start on April 20. He's been as good as advertised thus far, posting a 1.50 ERA and 31:11 K:BB ratio in 30 innings. Ventura is on track to square off with the Padres in San Diego Monday.


Royals' rotation plans change after team skips Bruce Chen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) The Royals have decided to skip Bruce Chen in the rotation. Yordano Ventura will now start Wednesday against the Blue Jays and Jeremy Guthrie will finish off the series Thursday.

James Shields has been moved up to start Friday's series opener against the Tigers. Chen will slide back into the rotation Saturday before Jason Vargas finishes off the Detroit series Sunday.


Yordano Ventura dominant in second win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura bounced back from his first subpar start in a big way Friday, in a 5-0 win over the Orioles.

Ventura put together what might have been his best performance yet Friday, as he tossed a career-high eight innings. He shut the Orioles out in that time, scattering seven hits and two walks, while striking out a career-high eight batters.

Ventura has been fantastic to open his first full season, posting a 2-1 record and 1.80 ERA in four starts. He will look to continue his strong play in his next outing, Thursday against the Blue Jays. 


Yordano Ventura lasts only four frames in loss to Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura ran up his pitch count and lasted only four innings on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in his team's 8-3 defeat to Minnesota.

Ventura (1-1) surrendered a two-run double to Trevor Plouffe and run-scoring singles to Eduardo Escobar and Chris Colabello. He was charged with four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over four innings pitched. He tossed 94 pitched, 56 of which were called strikes.

Ventura saw his ERA rise from 0.69 to 2.65 after Sunday's loss. He's posted a 1.12 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB ratio over 17 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Friday in Baltimore.

Yordano Ventura picks up first win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura allowed his first run of the season Tuesday against the Astros, but also picked up his first career win in a 4-2 final.

Ventura allowed just a solo home run in seven innings of work, coming off the bat of Carlos Corporan in the fifth inning. He also had an unearned run come around to score in the first inning, but never trailed en route to his first win of the season.

Ventura struck out seven batters and walked three, while allowing just four hits in seven innings of work. He moves into his third start with an 0.69 ERA and 1-0 record. Ventura's next trip to the mound is set to come Sunday against the Twins. 


Yordano Ventura dazzles in season debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura lived up to the hype in his season debut Tuesday, though he had to settle for a no-decision after six shutout innings against the Rays.

Ventura tossed six scoreless innings, limiting the Rays to just two hits, one of which went for a harmless double. He struck out six batters and walked none, throwing 62 of 95 pitches for strikes, but took the no-decision as the Royals went on to lose, 1-0.

Ventura had his first start rained out, but he proved to be well worth the wait even if the offense didn't give him much help. His next start is set for next Tuesday against the Astros.