Last night, after the Royals walked away with a 6-0 win against the Texas Rangers, the last big question of the Opening Day roster was finally answered. Danny Duffy will be competing for a spot in the bullpen as Yordano Ventura has been dubbed the winner of the final rotation spot-sweepstakes.
This announcement was made after Ventura put on a dominating performance last night, his line: 6IP, 4 H, 6 K, 1 hit batsman, and 73 pitches. His spring ERA was lowered to an astonishing 1.76.
At the beginning of Spring Training, the battle seemed like it was Duffy’s spot to lose. Simply put; Ventura needed to amaze the Royals, and he blew them out of the water. Although, Duffy hasn’t had a particularly strong spring season either.
So what does this mean?
For one, it means that Yordano Ventura will pitch in the final game of the opening series in Detroit. That is the obvious meaning.
But what does it really mean for the Royals?
It means finally the Royals have found a pitcher who will go out there and win his job instead of being the least-bad of the bad applicants who want a starting job. Over the years, there have been plenty of Royals’ rotation battles won by being less-bad than the other player.
This is not the case here. Ventura would have won a starting role on any Major League team with the type of spring he has had so far.
If Yordano Ventura can carry even half of the success he has had so far to the regular season, Kansas City will be happy.
Technically, as the fifth starter, a team can’t hope for anything more than a sub-4 ERA from the guy. However, now that “Ace” Ventura has showed Kansas City what he has the potential to do, the excitement has sky-rocketed.
The sky is the limit this season for the young fire baller, Yordano Ventura.