This has been a hope for many for a while now, but a belief of many since only recently. Yordano Ventura is running away with the fifth and final starting spot in the rotation for the Kansas City Royals.
If this wasn’t already certain, it definitely is today after his performance on the mound in Surprise against the Oakland A’s. “Ace” Ventura put up a stat line of 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K all on 55 pitches. Impressive, to say the least.
Now all of the sudden after three good outings and a 2.89 ERA over 9.1 innings. He leads the pitching staff this Spring with nine strikeouts and has only surrendered one walk in those 3 outings. Things are looking bright for Ventura at the very moment.
Kansas City fans can’t help but get anxious in thinking that Ventura might finally be a pitcher that lives up to his potential out of the Royals farm system. Even national reporters were in awe, like Ken Rosenthal, when Ventura struck out A’s Donaldson on a 102-mph fastball this afternoon.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 12, 2014
It was also announced last week that Wade Davis would be returning to the bullpen. That left Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura. According to Josh Vernier of 610 Sports in his tweet, Ned Yost and Dayton Moore have both said that the loser of the rotation battle will start the season in Omaha.
Ned & Dayton have both said that the “loser” of the 5th spot (Duffy/Ventura) will start in Omaha. RT @Parks67 what’s the thinking on duffy?
— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier) March 12, 2014
Ventura has provided Kansas City with some electricity in the air, if only for tonight. He is performing exactly how we need him to in order to make a playoff push. (Let’s not jinx anything.)
At this point in Spring Training, the battle that we thought would be decided on the last day of Spring games, already seems won. A lot of things can change, but I don’t think they will.