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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.
While first baseman Eric Hosmer is currently in a 7-for-48 (.156) slump over his last 11 games, Royals first baseman his struggles do not have his manager overly concerned.
“[Adam] Wainwright has two out pitches and he does a phenomenal job against lefties,” said Yost. “He’s just tough. It’s just one of those things where it’s timing a little bit, but when [Hosmer] gets it going, he’s got the capability to carry an offense.”
Yost doesn’t see much difference between the Hosmer of the past couple of weeks and the Hosmer of 2013.
“When he was at his hottest last year, it wasn’t much different than his swing right now,” he said.
Yordano Ventura will make his first start for Kansas City since departing with an elbow injury in the third inning of his last appearance vs. Houston on May 26. Yost said that his expectations for Ventura are unchanged.
“I expect him to go out and give his best effort,” said Yost. “To go out and do what he does.”
Ventura recorded the best April by a Royals rookie pitcher, however, he has not won since April 25 and has given up at least three earned runs in four of his last five starts.
By Kolby Paxton
Most of manager Ned Yost’s pregame talk focused on the injuries to two young right-handers. Yordano Ventura’s MRI today revealed nothing significant but he will miss his next scheduled start in four days. Instead, Ventura will throw two side sessions before his next turn in the rotation in nine days. Ventura arrived at the ballpark “asymptomatic,” and felt fine today, according to Yost.
Kansas City prospect and one of the top minor leaguers in baseball, Kyle Zimmer, will be shut down for 6-8 weeks with a lat strain. While he hasn’t appeared in the Major Leagues yet, Yost said the team was looking down the road after the All-Star break or in September about possibly bringing Zimmer up if he was throwing well enough. Yost said the injury is similar to what Ben Sheets, who he managed in Milwaukee, dealt with, though Zimmer’s is not believed to be as severe.
The Royals today named their Player and Pitcher of the Year awards for 2013. Outfielder Lane Adams was tabbed the George Brett Hitter of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura was named the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year. Both award winners will be recognized during spring training.
Adams, 24, was previously named the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Player of the Year. He played at three levels during the 2013 season, seeing time at Wilmington, Northwest Arkansas (AA) and with Omaha (AAA) during the postseason. He hit .276 in 87 games for the Blue Rocks, collecting 23 doubles, seven homers and 39 RBI. He ranked ninth in the Carolina League with 23 stolen bases. The 6-foot-4 outfielder tied Naturals’ club records in an August 13 game against Corpus Christi, slugging three homers and collecting seven RBI.
Ventura, 22, made his Major League debut with the Royals on September 17 of this year, but split most of the season between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. He opened the year with the Naturals before being promoted to Triple-A on his 22nd birthday, June 3. The right-handed pitcher recorded 155 strikeouts in 132.2 innings between the two levels, while he was 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA for the Storm Chasers after the All-Star break. He made three starts with Kansas City in September, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA. His debut against Cleveland made national headlines when he clocked a pitch at 102.8 mph, the fastest recorded by an MLB starting pitcher in 2013. Ventura was recently named the second-best prospect in the Royals’ organization by Baseball America.
Royals manager Ned Yost met with reporters before tonight’s important matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Kansas City will hand the ball to 22-year-old Yordano Ventura, who is making his major league debut as the team takes aim at a wildcard spot. The skipper was asked if jitters and command were the biggest concern for the rookie. “We don’t really have a concern. We are just going to let him go out and pitch. We will keep an eye on him and see how he does.” Yost went on to say, “He will be fine. He has great stuff and a lot of confidence.” The manager also said there wasn’t a pitch limit for Ventura if he continues to throw strikes. He also noted the bullpen is ready to go if needed.
One of the big pluses for Ventura is having an All-Star backstop at his disposal. Ned Yost was asked what kind of luxury it is to have Salvador Perez behind the plate for a young guy like Ventura. “Sal knows Cleveland. He is going to be able to help him defensively. We are going to tell Ventura to stay with Sal. He just needs to concentrate on throwing strikes and let Sal handle the pitch selection. He can be successful by just staying with Sal.”
By Kent Klooster