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Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning.
Ventura, who was only 25 years of age, started 32 games and had an 11-12 record this past season with the Royals with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP with 144 strikeouts. Over his entire 4-year MLB career, which he spent with the Royals only, Ventura started 93 games and had a 38-31 record with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP with 470 strikeouts.
Ventura’s career bests for a single season were 32 games started (2016), 14 wins (2014), a 3.20 ERA (2014), a 1.30 WHIP (2014; 1.24 WHIP in 2013 does not qualify), and 159 strikeouts (2014).
Yordano Ventura will be sadly missed by the MLB community, including but not limited to coaches, players, and fans, as well as his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends through these times of trial.