The Kansas City Royals were dealt a major blow with the death of Yordano Ventura. Ventura was killed in an auto accident in his home country of the Dominican Repucblic. He likely would have been he Royals’ number two starter in 2017, behind Danny Duffy. Ventura signed with the Royals as an amateur free agent and helped the Royals to two World Series appearances. He was viewed as a top prospect when he made his first MLB appearance in 2013 at 22 years old. His MLB comparison was Pedro Martinez, because of his small stature and ability to throw hard. Ventura featured an electric fastball easily touching 100 mph, but never found elite control of his other pitches. He had a good curve that sat around 84 mph and a change up that he featured quite a bit in 2016. Viewed as a villain throughout much of baseball, he had many brush ups with during his career. Ventura was largely known for intentionally throwing at batters and served suspensions for such reasons. His emotional flare made him a fan favorite in Kansas City. His best season came in 2014, when he had a WAR of 3.2, which is very respectable. He finished 6th in the rookie of the year voting that year, which was won by Jose Abreu. The Royals were hoping to compete in an interesting AL Central, with both Chicago and Minnesota considered to be rebuilding and Cleveland and Detroit going all in to this point. Look for Matt Strahm to gain a starting spot to take Ventura’s spot in the rotatio.