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Damn, kid! Yordano Ventura threw a 103 mph pitch last night

Apr 9, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Yordano Ventura Royals AP

Everyone already knew that Royals rookie Yordano Ventura throws incredibly hard, but his 2014 debut last night was on a whole different level.

Ventura–who won’t be 23 years old until June–tossed six innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Rays and, according to’s PitchFX system, topped out at 102.9 miles per hour with his fastball.

That’s some Aroldis Chapman territory, which is rarefied air for a starter, and PitchFX also says Ventura averaged 99.5 mph on 45 total fastballs last night. Last season, during an impressive three-start debut for the Royals, his fastball averaged 97.5 mph. So maybe he’s throwing even harder now. [Drool.]

Some other amusing notes from Ventura’s first start of the season, via the indispensable Brooks Baseball: PitchFX says his “cutter” averaged 96.4 mph. So that’s what hitters have to deal with when he decides to take a little something off his fastball and add more movement. One of his “cutters” clocked in at 98.4 mph. Imagine trying to hit that. Oh, and his changeup averaged 89.5 mph, which is faster than many full-time starting pitcher’s fastballs.

Yordano Ventura: Must-See TV.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Tommy John surgery in another eighteen months.

    • number42is1 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      was thinking the same exact thing… it’s nice to throw heat once in a while but 45 pitches of 99.5+ is just plain stupid.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Not to nitpick, but he did say the average FB velocity was 99.5…so half were less. I think he is stupid just like Verlander for throwing that hard.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Hey Ventura, stop throwing your best pitch! It’s just plain stupid!

      • randall351 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        How many times did Nolan Ryan have TJS?
        I hear he used to throw pretty hard.

    • senioreditor2 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      I was going to say 6 months. I doubt he’ll make it a year and a half.

      • clydeserra - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        why? its not that throwing 100 MPH =Tommmy john surgery,

        Ligaments strain at different rates. How may tommy John surgery’s did nolan ryan have?

        Some people can do it, others can’t.

    • southpaw2k - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      And on the other thread about Rick Renteria being the first manager to be ejected, there was a discussion of a betting pool over stuff like that.

      Maybe we should have an over/under on how long Yordano will last before he blows out his elbow.

      • kcfanatic - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        I’m hoping he lasts about six years(Royals have his rights until 2020), and doesn’t blow it out until the Yankees sign him to a $150 million contract.

    • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      You’re a dipsh!t, old felcher. You may as well add Jose Fernandez to that pool.

      • cur'68 - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        @fecalbear: thats ironic. You calling someone a dipsh!t. You’re so steeped in your own droppings you consider yourself a toilet bowl garnish.

      • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Sorry to upset you by calling your buddy a name, Felchee ’68.

      • renaado - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Vivabear… I just don’t think insults is a right course of action here though.

      • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Renaado – don’t bother asking sewerbear to “think.” It’s not his forte. I suspect that he’s just in a bad mood because his DVD player crapped out on him just as the guy in the black mask and knee hose was getting the kid’s pants down.

      • cur'68 - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Honestly fecalbear, you should move on. Fantasizing about me and Gator in the sort of deviant sex practices you fancy is unsettling and pathetic. Neither of us is interested in you (or in each other for that matter). What’s more, you’re revealing to the internets at large your proclivities. On the whole, I say “live and let live” but you’re such an odious piece of trash I’d rather not be considered a part of your fantasy life. Do GFY.

        Buh-bye now.

      • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Just like being funny, is not Old Felcher’s forte. Or being non-hypocritical, or not being a bigot.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        I have to say, Sewerbear, that Gator is absolutely right about you: you are a back street lowlife of the lowest order. Your comments are not ever barroom quality, you contribute absolutely nothing of value to this blog but your hysterical bitterness, you can’t seem to read a comment and get its simplest meanings out of it, much less its nuances, and your slang is disgusting. Please – you bore and sicken all of us. Go find a child pornography site to troll.

      • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        I guess if contributing nothing to the proceedings is reason to quit posting; Old Felcher would be the first to cease posting comments.

      • renaado - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Come on guys let’s not make this any longer, let’s ceasefire now…

      • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        I’m trying to eat here. Can we stop talking about the poops? Thank you.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Frankly, Sewerbear, the Gator’s posts are consistently funny, consistently surprising and original, consistently literate and generally full of insight into baseball and lots of other things. He has good friends and fans here. You have nothing – except that moron Harry, which is indicative of how little you have to offer by itself. Your posts are full of nothing but mindlessly repetitive insults and perverted, sickening slang from the dregs of pre-social mindlessness. I doubt if Gator finds you anything but amusing or pathetic. He’s right about something else too – you seem to have so little substance in your life that without him to rag on out of your well of sickness, stupidity and enviousness you would have no life at all.

      • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        groupofseven – I guess your previous post says all that needs to be said about you. Carry on.

    • gibbyfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Not sure Gator –From what little Iv’e read, I think it’s the slider and curve thought to contribute most to TJS. Tom seaver and other power pitchers from back in the day used to say the raw power comes from the legs and torso more than the arm….If any of that is true this kid could have a lot of injury free potential…..I hope so, KC could use a super star.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        The problem is, of course, that without the breaking pitches hitters are going to sit on your fastball and hit you no matter how hard you throw. Seaver himself had a vicious curveball – I seem to recall that one of the better hitters of Seaver’s era once remarked that trying to hit it was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.

        I suspect it’s a complex combination of conditioning, technique, smoothness of motion and probably a bit of genetic predisposition into the bargain. Some guys blow it out very early in their careers, and other guys come to it later on. Some months back somebody – I don’t remember who – posted something about a team with a conditioning program that results in far fewer pitching arm injuries of all kinds than the average. I wish I could recall who it was and which team he was talking about, and if he reads this, I’d much appreciate his coming back and clarifying who that was.

      • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Obviosly, groupofseven. All that stuff plays into why guys have TJS; and it’s the reason no on has developed a plan to prevent UCL blow outs.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Gee, you think? Well, I guess you’ve never passed an obvious that you hesitated to belabor, did you? Is that because it is so preferable to doing your own thinking about something from the point of view of economy of effort?.

        Pardon me, though – I was hoping someone I once read here who actually seemed to be knowledgeable about the subject would respond. I didn’t have you in mind.

      • gibbyfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Seaver was awesome —but this kid also has a cahnge and cutter so it could be enough.
        Again, back in the day if you think about the power pitchers like Seaver, Gibson, Drysdale, and numerous others –seemed to pitch a lot of innings every year for a lot of years without major injury.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      What a great story, does this mean KC on its way to a bright future? As a baseball fan I’m hoping that this is a sign of KC returning being a competitive ball club. Also, I’m very glad to see KC doing well and having a young pitcher with such promise. The KC fans are very deserving of having a contending team. Best wishes for a promising future and thank-you for the great memories of the wonderful teams that played in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      I’m no expert about Tommy John surgery. However, can someone explain to me how you know that he’ll need Tommy John surgery. There have been many pitchers that were hurt and they didn’t throw hard. If he only throw around 93 or 94 mph, would that mean that he has a better chance of staying healthy?

      • vivabear - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        It’s an idiotic comment from a couple of morons with no knowledge of baseball or sports medicine.

      • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        mnmeyer3387 – well, ackcherley, it was a bit of a joke, a sidelong commentary on the epidemic of orthopedic injuries and TJ surgeries that have been performed or scheduled already this season. Sewerbear, here, is – in addition to being the most unsavory species of gutter trash – extraordinarily dense and extraordinarily stupid, and jumped in yowling when his sensors couldn’t detect the irony of the initial comment nor the sardonic humor of the ensuing responses. But don’t take my word for it. Scroll through the last two threads and watch how he’s nauseated half the forum with his juvenile insults and pornographic vocabulary. Then go back to the beginning of this thread and check out the incipient satire. I suspect you’ll pick up on it quickly enough.Then note that, wherever Sewerbear wasn’t involved, it led to some thoughtful discussion of the whole arm injury problem in the game.

    • greymares - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      It’s not the fastball that causes that it’s how many times you bend it.for me. few fastballers have had a problem

  2. geoknows - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    It would seem that Pitch f/x doesn’t really know what to do with him, because he doesn’t throw a cutter.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    This kid is as American as apple pie.

  4. renaado - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Call the cops! Someones firin flamethrowers!

    • renaado - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      No need no need there’s a fire extinguisher here.

  5. heyyouwhatdoyouthinkyouredoingthere - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Guy’s just begging to have a Tommy John

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      That sounds like a drink: Here, have a Shirley Temple, also you have to try out this Tommy John!

      • heyyouwhatdoyouthinkyouredoingthere - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        It does lol

  6. phillysports1 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Dominican Republic Talent .

  7. doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    future is bright

  8. luckymayhem - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    As a Royals fan it’s awesome but it’s also tough to get excited.

    Ventura pitches a gem, but the Royals load the bases 3 times and fail to score a single run. Fast forward and the Royals are trading Ventura because he has a bad win/loss record. It’ll happen.

  9. nawlinssaints1956 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    How many starts until he can go by “Ace”??

    • kcrobert10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      They already refer to him as ace Ventura.he is a stud hope he gain more control at points last night he was crazy out of control better teach him before someone gets killed.

  10. dluxxx - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I hope he stays healthy. That’s some freakish stuff there… And this is coming from a Twins fan who will probably see him multiple times each year.

  11. kelshannon19 - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Hey Astros, notice how other teams aren’t afraid to call up their top prospects before June. Yes George Springer, I am talking about you.

  12. brewcrewchamps - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    This dude is two months younger than me. Annnnnnd he’s playing major league baseball throwing a ball 103 mph.

    Where did I go wrong..

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Should’ve stuck with little league kid.

  13. keltictim - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Gator the comment was not needed. I don’t care who started it you all should be booted for discussing child porn like that. Beyond uncalled for.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Sorry keltictim, I’m not going to be anyone’s sitting duck here – especially not a moron like Sewerbear. if my comment was uncalled for, you ought to scroll back a few weeks’ worth of threads, read his consistently disgusting comments, and see why it wasn’t even remotely an unrealistic thing to assume about him.

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