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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura cited as one of Pacific Coast League’s top prospects

Updated: 2013-10-16T05:56:56Z

The Kansas City Star

Right-hander Yordano Ventura was so impressive this season in the minors, prior to making his big-league debut, that he was cited as one of the top prospects in two different leagues.

Baseball America rated Ventura, 22, as the No. 10 prospect Tuesday in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League just days after citing him as the No. 3 prospect in the Class AA Texas League.

“Ventura’s stuff is undeniable,” Baseball America reported. “His fastball regularly sits in the upper 90s and hits 101 mph, and he holds his velocity deep into outings despite his light frame.

“Scouts like his curveball as his better secondary pitch, and his change-up has sinking life, though it’s firm in the upper 80s.”

Ventura capped his season by making three big-league starts in September and looms as a strong candidate to open next season in the Royals’ rotation.

While Omaha won the PCL title and the Triple-A Championship, Ventura was the only Storm Chaser cited on Baseball America’s list of the PCL’s top 20 prospects.

Ventura’s dual selection means the Royals finished with 14 different players cited by Baseball America in its postseason rankings of the top 20 prospects in each minor league.

The magazine previously tabbed:

• Four players from Northwest Arkansas in the Class AA Texas League: No. 3 Ventura, No. 8 RHP Jason Adam, No. 18 shortstop Orlando Calixte and No. 20 third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert.

• Two players from Wilmington in the High-A Carolina League: No. 3 right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer and No. 11 outfielder Jorge Bonifacio.

• Three players from Lexington in the Low-A South Atlantic League: No. 4 shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi, No. 6 right-handed pitcher Miguel Almonte and No. 19 outfielder Bubba Starling.

• Four players from Idaho Falls in the short-season Pioneer League: No. 1 third baseman Hunter Dozier, No. 11 outfielder Elier Hernandez, No. 13 catcher Zane Evans and No. 14 left-handed pitcher Cody Reed.

• One player from Surprise in the Arizona Rookie League: No. 16 first baseman Samir Duenez.

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