Sep 5, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (41) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Duffy or Yordano Ventura? You Decide!


Sep 17, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) delivers a pitch in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more hotly debated topics surrounding the Kansas City Royals involves the identity of their fifth starter. Both Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura are young pitchers with a lot of potential, and have displayed flashes of being solid contributors at the major league level.

Last season, Duffy was coming back from Tommy John surgery, and had his moments with the Royals. While he was not at full strength, Duffy was 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA, striking out 22 batters in 24.1 innings. There were concerns, as Duffy walked 14 batters, but that was to be expected with his layoff due to injury. Ventura, in his three outings spanning 15.1 innings, went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA, striking out 11 batters with 6 walks. He was also praise for his poise on the mound, as Ventura, despite being thrown into the middle of a playoff push, did not let the moment become too much for him last year.

Last night, on Twitter and on Facebook, we asked as to which pitcher you feel should be the Royals fifth starter heading into the regular season. The responses on that poll were overwhelmingly in favor of Yordano Ventura, with Danny Duffy being left on the outside. Since several people responded that both should be in the rotation, that is going to be an option here as well.

So, let us know what you think. Should Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy be in the Royals rotation at the start of the 2014 season?

Who Should Be the Royals Fifth Starter?

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  • Eric Akers

    I like Duffy in AAA to start, and make him earn his spot or called up because of injury. He only had 2 games with the royals last year where he threw at least 5 innings. Granted, small sample size, but I want him to prove he can go for 6 more consistently.

  • moretrouble

    The obvious answer would be whichever one pitches the best. I’d like to see both in the rotation, personally, but that’s not going to happen, apparently. They must be concerned about Duffy’s health because I think they prefer Ventuira.

  • prg62

    The only opinion that matters is the front office and I have a hard time believing they’ll let Ventura’s arbitration clock start ticking without giving Duffy, Davis or some one else a chance.

  • John S

    It’d be smarter to hold Ventura down for a few weeks so he doesn’t gain a full year of service this year.

    • Hunter Samuels

      Something to remember, though, is Ventura already has a couple weeks of service time, so you’re looking at keeping him in Omaha for about a full month to gain the extra year of control, and probably mid-June to July to avoid the Super Two. In my opinion, put him in KC, and if he performs like he’s expected to, offer him an extension. If he doesn’t perform well, the Royals won’t have to worry about the service time anyway.

  • prg62

    Just saw that the Braves signed Santana. Thank God all of the “Sign Ervin” posts will go away now, though I’m sure there will be some incessant whining about not signing him. Let’s see what these young arms can do now that they’ll get their chance at some point this season. If it were my choice I’d have both Duffy and Ventura in the rotation to start the year and lets get on with what is going to decide this teams fortunes for the foreseeable future.

  • Matthew.Martin

    If Ventura isn’t the # 5 starter, it’s time to take Ned out behind the barn, and walk back with Sveum, or Jirschele, or Frank White…or someone for God’s sakes. Tired of watching our manager do just enough wrong to sink the ship, year after year.