Saturday, July 13, 2013

Futures Game Preview

If you've got a chance tomorrow, be sure to take some time to watch the MLB Futures Game. The Royals have two participants in the game this season: Yordano Ventura and Miguel Almonte. Each of the Dominican pitchers could be particularly exciting in an exhibition setting as each feature electric stuff that should dial up in one inning stints.

Almonte has worked 87.2 innings this season in Low-A Lexington. He's averaging 8.9 strikeouts per 9 innings to 3 walks. Opposing South Atlantic League hitters are batting just .244/.313/.345 against him. Prior to Almonte's July 10, start the 6'2" righty hadn't allowed more than 2 earned runs in his last seven starts. For his career, Almonte is 11-9 with a 2.91 ERA.

Ventura, who stated on Twitter that he will be throwing the 9th inning for the World squad, has been dynamite in 2013. Thus far he struck out 110 batters in 92.1 innings spread out between Double and Triple A. While his walks have been high in Omaha, his FIP of 3.43 has actually been 0.66 better than the Pacific Coast League average. When you are striking out 23.2% of opposing hitters and limiting them to a .254/.344/.366 line, you're going to be alright.

Be sure to tune in to the game tomorrow to get a good luck on two of the top pitching prospects in the Royals organization.

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