The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura to a five-year contract, which runs through the 2019 season with club options for 2020 and 2021. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
Ventura, 23, is coming off one of the best rookie seasons in club history, going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA (65 ER in 183.0 IP) in 30 starts. He became the fourth Royals rookie to make 30 starts or more, joining Steve Busby (37 in 1973), Dennis Leonard (30 in 1975) and Rich Gale (30 in 1978), while his 14 victories were fourth-most all-time by a KC first-year pitcher and the most since Tom Gordon’s 17 wins during his 1988 rookie campaign. Ventura led A.L. rookies in quality starts (22), innings (183.0) and opponents’ average (.240), while his ERA ranked 10th in the league overall.
The rookie right-hander also made five appearances and four starts during the postseason, going 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA (9 ER in 25.1 IP), with 14 strikeouts. He earned the victory in Game #6 of the World Series, tossing 7.0 shutout innings as KC forced a deciding game in the Fall Classic. In his two World Series starts, Ventura allowed just two runs in 12.1 frames (1.46 ERA). He was named the club’s starting pitcher for Monday’s opener against the Chicago White Sox, making him the second-youngest Opening Day starter (23 years, 307 days) in club history. Only Steve Busby (23 years, 189 days) was younger when he made his Opening Day start on April 6, 1973 against the California Angels.
Here are the channel numbers for Dish Network subscribers.
Monday, April 6: Dish 441 or 412-29
Wednesday, April 8: Dish 446 or 412-34
Thursday, April 9: Dish 442 or 412-30
Friday, April 10: Dish 440 or 412-28 (Note: At this time, Dish is not planning to show the pregame show due to bandwidth constraints.)
Saturday, April 11: on FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 12: Dish 450 or 412-38
The Royals today announced details of a special extended Opening Day pregame ceremony, set for Monday, April 6, prior to a 3:10 start vs. the Chicago White Sox. Pregame events include a ring presentation for members of the 2014 American League Championship team and the raising of the American League pennant flag. Stadium gates will open at 1:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be seated by 2:00 p.m. in order to watch the pregame ceremony. The following is a timeline of events leading up to the game:
1:00 p.m. – Kauffman Stadium gates open to fans
2:00 p.m. – Fans encouraged to be in their seats for pregame ceremony, which will start at 2:09
2:29 p.m. – 2014 A.L. Championship Ring presentation
2:39 p.m. – Raising of the 2014 A.L. pennant
2:43 p.m. – Introduction of Royals Alumni
2:48 p.m. – Chicago White Sox introduction
2:51 p.m. – 2015 Kansas City Royals introduction
3:03 p.m. – National anthem, performed by the Kansas City Symphony
The Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) are providing venue-wide, free WiFi to help fans make the most of their experience at Kauffman Stadium.
Nearly 600 access points are now placed throughout the stadium and provide coverage of every seat and in every corner of the venue inside the gates. The access points have been installed to look like a natural part of the stadium. The free WiFi platform was initially available at the end of the 2014 regular season and throughout the playoff run to the 2014 World Series. At its peak last year during the playoffs, the platform handled more than 16,000 devices connected at the same time.
WiFi will continue to serve as an important foundation for the MLB.com At Bat and Ballpark applications, Royals social media platform engagement, seat upgrades, digital ticketing initiatives, and open fan use with their favorite content and applications. To access, fans can connect to “RoyalsWiFi” on their wireless device once inside the stadium.
The Royals and Major League Baseball remind fans that safety remains paramount and ask all fans at Kauffman Stadium to remain attentive to the action on the field at all times.
The Kansas City Royals are asking fans once again to help select the sixth inning sing-along song at Kauffman Stadium through the Play It Forward contest, presented by the Missouri Lottery.
Sixteen popular tracks that received the highest vote totals last season have been selected for the bracket-style contest. During each home game beginning with Opening Day on Monday, April 6 and running through Wednesday, May 6, fans will be able to text to vote for one of two songs featured each game.
The two songs for each particular game, as well as instructions on how to vote, will be announced during pregame. Please note that fans must be in the ballpark to vote and will be limited to one vote per game. The winning song for each game will be played in the middle of the sixth inning and will advance to the next round until the winning song is revealed on May 6. Fans can follow the progress at www.royals.com/playitforward.
The winning song of the Play It Forward contest presented by the Missouri Lottery will then be played during the sixth inning of each remaining 2015 home game.
PLAY IT FORWARD FIRST ROUND CONTEST MATCHUPS
Monday, April 6 – 3:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey vs. Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway
Wednesday, April 8 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas vs. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
Thursday, April 9 – 1:10 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox
Small Town by John Mellencamp vs. Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Friday, April 17 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
Summer Of ’69 by Bryan Adams vs. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
Saturday, April 18 – 6:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty vs. Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band
Sunday, April 19 – 1:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics
Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger vs. I Want to Rock and Roll All Night by KISS
Monday, April 20 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash vs. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
Tuesday, April 21 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins
Twist and Shout by The Beatles vs. Centerfield by John Fogerty
Fans can visit www.royals.com/playitforward for a complete list of songs and an updated bracket.
FOX Sports Kansas City will televise its first Royals Spring Training game of 2015 tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) at 8 p.m. CT from Surprise Stadium. Ryan Lefebvre, Rex Hudler and Joel Goldberg will call the action when the Royals host the White Sox. In addition, former Royal Bo Jackson is scheduled to join the telecast for an interview during the second inning.
The Royals play again on FOX Sports Kansas City on Friday, vs. the Mariners, with Steve Physioc handling play-by-play alongside Hudler and Goldberg for the 8 p.m. start.
FOX Sports Kansas City will also air Saturday’s game vs. the Diamondbacks, a FOX Sports Arizona production, and the Tuesday, March 31 game vs. the Padres, a FOX Sports San Diego production.
Royals Spring Training games on FOX Sports Kansas City
Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. CT White Sox at Royals
Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. CT Mariners at Royals
Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. CT Royals at Diamondbacks
Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. CT Royals at Padres
All four games will air on FOX Sports Midwest in Mid-Missouri and Iowa.
Wednesday, March 25: Dish 446 or 412-34
Friday, March 27: Dish 442 or 412-30
Saturday, March 28: Dish 444 or 412-32
As always, Royals games will air on DirecTV 671-5 and AT&T U-verse 750 (SD) and 1750 (HD).
The Royals announced several roster moves prior to today’s Spring Training game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Royals have optioned pitcher Aaron Brooks, infielder Orlando Calixte and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio to Triple-A Omaha. The club also reassigned eight players – pitchers Buddy Baumann, Brian Broderick, Casey Coleman and Joe Paterson, infielders Hunter Dozier, Matt Fields and Raul Mondesi and outfielder Bubba Starling – to minor league camp.
Following today’s roster moves, the Royals have 46 active players in Major League Spring Training, which includes 35 players from the 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.