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Yordano Ventura expected to pitch 180-200 innings this year

Mar 19, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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Yordano Ventura was officially named the Royals’ fifth starter on Monday and on Wednesday manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the young right-hander will not be on a strict innings limit in his first full major league season.

Yost said Ventura can go 180-200 innings. The 22-year-old tossed a total of 150 innings last summer between Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Triple-A Omaha, and major-league Kansas City, so the range is far from unreasonable and shouldn’t be harmful.

Ventura, a highly-rated flame-thrower from the Dominican Republic, boasts a 1.76 ERA, 0.717 WHIP, and 15/1 K/BB ratio throuhg 15 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League. He beat out Danny Duffy for the Royals’ final rotation spot.

Duffy, a former top prospect, is now competing for a long relief job.

  1. kcroyal - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    His stuff is absolutely filthy. Hopefully Zimmer can be successful and I’m not giving up on Duffy just yet. Royals might make a serious run in 2018!

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I assume that you do not mean dirtyharry1971 filthy.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        1971’s the last time he took a bath, right? Damn that’s dirty.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:03 AM

        Harry is one of a kind.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    “Pff, hope he doesn’t strain his vagina.”

    -Dusty Baker

  3. chill1184 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    So many young pitchers with awesome potential in baseball right now. Good luck to the kid

  4. percychuggs - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    And in future news, Royals RHP Yordano Ventura will undergo Tommy John Surgery.

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