The Kansas City Royals have built through the farm over the past few seasons on the hitting side. However, most of their 2013 rotation came from offseason acquisitions the likes of James Shields, Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie. Yordano Ventura is hoping to change that trend, as he is currently mowing down the competition at Double-A. Ventura has been compared to future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez due to his small stature yet dominating stuff. Aided by a blazing fastball, the 5-foot-11, 180-lb righty has posted a 2.34 ERA and 74:20 K:BB ratio through 57.1 innings for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He has not surrendered a run in five of his last 10 starts, while holding opposing hitters to a .181 BAA over that span. If he continues to pitch this well, Royals fans may want to start calling him "Ace" Ventura.
Let's take a look at the rest of the prospect map in this week's Minor League Barometer.
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