Ned Yost media session: September 18, 2013
Last night one of the Royals top prospects, Yordano Ventura, made his Major League debut. He was impressive hitting triple digits on the radar gun while allowing one run in 5.2 innings pitched. Today at Ned Yost’s pregame press conference he was asked about Ventura. “The first batter was kind of alarming, when he threw four pitches out of the strike zone but then he settled in nicely from that point on. He showed tremendous composure on the mound which is impressive for a young pitcher. He made a really nice debut.”
Today the Royals added infielder Irving Falu and left-handed pitcher Chris Dwyer to the roster. Both are coming from the newly crowned Triple A Champion, Omaha Storm Chasers. Dwyer started last night’s Triple-A Championship Game against the Durham Bulls and he was brilliant. He retired the first 20 batters he faced before giving up a single in the seventh inning. The young lefty struck out eight batters in seven innings of work. Yost was asked about both players.
“They are really good kids. He (Dwyer) was really impressive last night. It was a huge performance that helped them win that championship.” Yost went on to say. “It was a chance to get both of them up here and experience a little bit of this. We will find a way to get Dwyer in a game and Falu too. Irving is a valuable guy, like Pedro Ciriaco, he can play numerous positions and can run.”
The Royals rookie short-season club, the Idaho Falls Chukars, also won the Pioneer League Championship last night.
By Kent Klooster