22-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Ventura had a "big" 2012 season in the Royals' farm system. This is coming from a player who physically is anything but "big" at 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds, but is capable of throwing his nasty fastball...
In his first start for Triple-A Omaha, Ventura allowed just one run on one hit and four walks with six strikeouts against Oklahoma City. "I thought he did very well against a productive team in Oklahoma City, one of the better teams in the league," pitching coach Larry Carter told MiLB.com. "For his first start, it was very productive."
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsButler, Billy (1B)
AAABerry, Quintin (OF)
AAAdam, Jason (P)
A+Alexander, Scott (P)
AAntonio, Mike (SS)
RookieAparicio, Julio (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ventura is a strong-armed righty starting pitcher that is likely destined to end up in the back end of a bullpen some day. At Low-A Kane County he had 88 strikeouts and 24 walks with a 4.27 ERA over 84.1 innings. As mentioned above, he brings the heat, able to touch triple digits with his fastball which is even more impressive when you account for the fact that he's just 5-foot-11. He remains inconsistent with his secondary offerings and is still learning how to pitch rather than just throw. Ventura has work to do at High-A Wilmington before anyone goes adding him to their prospect list for 2013.