The Book on Yordano Ventura
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Yordano Ventura / RHP, KC
67 | 1/30/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (12/12/2013): #68
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #59
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #86
ESPN: Unranked or n/a
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #93
Baseball America 2013: #85
Baseball Prospectus: #62
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A very small guy with a very big arm, Royal's righty Yordano Ventura invites easy comparisons to his countrymate Pedro Martinez, though he doesn't come with quite the colorful personality. Ventura complements a plus fastball with rapidly-improving curves and changeups so well that the Royals may need to accelerate his development. His 2012 was a bit of a rebuilding effort, but the full season before shows off Ventura's good and bad parts well enough. That 4-6, 4.27 ERA that he accrued in his first season of A-ball might look pretty uninteresting, but the eyeballs-in-seats part of our research department would like to emphasize that the second half of Ventura's season was markedly better than the first, and he finished strongly enough to gain a few notches on the Kansas City prospect ladder. (Our math nerds would also like to chime in by pointing out that all year long, in good times and bad, he maintained a solid 3:1 ratio of strikeouts to walks.)
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