Yordano Ventura

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Ventura in October 2015

Yordano Ventura Hernández (Spanish: [ɟʝorˈðano βenˈtuɾa]; June 3, 1991 – January 22, 2017) was a Dominican professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2013 through 2016. He was twice named to the All-Star Futures Game. He was born in Samaná, Dominican Republic.[1]

Ventura made his MLB debut on September 17, 2013. He was known as a power pitcher, his fastball was much valued by the Royals during his tenure with the team.[2] In 2014, Ventura's 96.2 mph average fastball velocity (96.4 for two-seamers) ranked second-best among MLB starters. He helped the Royals win the 2015 World Series.

On January 22, 2017, Ventura was killed in a car accident in the city of Juan Adrián, Dominican Republic, aged 25.[3][4]

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  1. Gregorian, Vahe (March 30, 2014). "Yordano Ventura has the stuff dreams are made of". Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  2. Kalland, Robby (January 22, 2017). "Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Was Killed In A Fatal Car Accident In The Dominican Republic". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. "Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash". Sports Illustrated. January 22, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  4. "Confirman es Yordano Ventura el de trágico accidente; es segundo pelotero que muere este domingo". El Caribe. Archived from the original on 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-22.

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