Hot Takes: Five Bold AL Central Predictions

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Oct 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning during game six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tannen Maury/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Yordano Ventura Is Cy Young Worthy

I’m not necessarily ready to go out on enough of a limb to say he wins it, but Yordano Ventura is ready to take his place amongst the game’s elite. The rookie who proclaims “Let’s throw fire” prior to everyone one of his starts does just that. If you want to imagine what Aroldis Chapman looks like as a starter, look no further than Ventura.

In 2014, he racked up 159 strikeouts and a 7.8 K/9 ratio. Those numbers could have been even higher had he limited his walks (3.4BB/9). As a young pitcher, commands is typically one of the last things perfected, but I see 2015 being the year things click big for the young Dominican. Expect him to make small tweaks that take his game, and his pitching prowess, to the next level. Expecting 200 strikeouts, and a K/9 ration north of 9 is realistic for the young phenom.

Prediction: Ventura finishes in the top 3 of the Cy Young voting

Having given some thought and insight to each team in the AL Central, it is very apparent that this season is going to be a lot of fun for fans. With more talent than ever for the teams competing in one of baseballs toughest groupings, expect 2015 to be one to remember.

Make sure to check back later this week for the 2015 AL Central Projected Standings as well.

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