The Kansas City Royals lost one of their own last weekend when it was announced that pitcher Yordano Ventura had died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. He was just 25 years old.
Yordano Ventura gave the Kansas City Royals and the fanbase so much during his short time on this Earth. While his time was tragically cut short, reflecting on his greatest achievements as a member of the Royal eases the pain a bit.
It’s always going to hurt losing Ventura at the young age of 25, but it’s hard to ignore all that he accomplished during his four major league seasons. The kid was on his way to becoming something special, and it sucks that we won’t get to see that play out.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the career highlights for Yordano Ventura as a member of the Kansas City Royals, starting with his debut.
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT – September 17th, 2013
For years, Royals fans heard all about this young kid named Yordano Ventura who could throw a 100-MPH fastball like it was nothing. In 2013, Ventura was finally introduced to Royals nation and what an introduction it was.
In his very first start in the major leagues, Ventura threw 5.2 innings of one run baseball against the Cleveland Indians. He allowed five hits, walked two batters, and struck out three. It was truly a debut for the ages.
As Ventura walked off the mound, Royals fans knew they had something special in Yordano Ventura. He continued to prove that in his second start, lasting through 5.2 innings again against the Mariners.
In that game, Ventura only gave up two hits and allowed one run. He walked three batters, but struck out six guys at the plate.
His first two games were definitely an indication of the type of pitcher Ventura was going to be.