The KC Royals needed a starter for Tuesday’s game against fellow Wild Card chasing Cleveland, so they have called on fire-throwing prospect Yordano Ventura. A 40-man roster move will need to be made prior to his start.
Danny Duffy was slated to start, but has been dealing with tightness in his surgically repaired left elbow. An MRI showed no structural damage, but the Royals are being cautious with the Tommy John surgery survivor. Duffy may not pitch again this season.
Ventura was expected to pitch in Tuesday’s Triple-A Championship for Omaha, the Pacific Coast League champions, but instead will be making his Major League debut in a pivotal game. He made one postseason start for the Storm Chasers in the PCL Finals, but got into trouble off the field in the semifinals: when he showed up just 50 minutes before game time in Game 1, a game he was slated to start. He did not pitch (and has since apologized) and the Storm Chasers were fine without him. I wonder who will be his buddy tomorrow to make sure he gets to Kauffman Stadium on time?
Ventura is a little familiar with the K, as he started the Futures Game last year for the World Team. But the Futures Game is WAY different then a big league game with playoff implications.
I loved manager Ned Yost’s comments about Ventura “He can go as long as he’s throwing strikes.” And throwing strikes tends to be an issue for the little guy who can top 100 mph. He usually worries more about strikeouts then just getting people out. THAT results in high pitch counts and shorter outings.
In his last ten regular season starts, he only made it through six innings four times. In that same time period, he did not go over six innings.That is NOT ace material, despite his nickname.