Yordano Ventura‘s rookie campaign for the Kansas City Royals has been nothing less than spectacular thus far. Five starts in to the 2014 season and he is leading the American League with a 1.50 ERA, which also puts him fourth in all of baseball in that category.
What is even more spectacular is that he has only given up 6 runs in all his outings combined, which of only 5 are earned runs. Four of those runs came against Minnesota on his Easter day start.
He has blanked three teams and is currently on a 13 inning scoreless streak. “Ace” Ventura is sitting on a thrown right now in the eyes of Kansas City fans. He is quite possibly in the best position of any pitcher in baseball. Say he has a bad outing like he did against Minnesota; well, fans will say, “He’s only eight games into his Major League career, give the guy a break.”
Not convinced he is having a miraculous season?
In his first start of the season he threw the fastest fastball ever recorded by a starter at 102.9 MPH. The amazing part about that is that it is only April and normally a pitcher throws faster as the season progresses and it gets warmer. What kind of heat are we going to see from Ventura in August?
There is no doubt about it, Yordano Ventura is a top early-season candidate for Rookie of the Year. Heck, while we’re at it, he’s also probably a top candidate for AL Cy Young. However, it is super early in the season and there are still so many questions about Ventura- who has never thrown more than 135 innings in a season.
The Royals will be taking good care of his arm and will heavily be watching his innings count in 2014. No one knows what the means for sure, but if Ventura continues to have the type of season he is having now, it would be a huge blow to the pitching staff for him to see a shortened season.
His progress as the season goes on is something exciting to think about, but as for right now, Yordano Ventura is the man in Kansas City.
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