By Michael Beller
April 10, 2014
Yordano Ventura racked up six strikeouts in six innings vs. the Rays in his fourth-ever career start.
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Ventura would confound the Rays for another five innings on Tuesday, but he showed everything he needed to in that first inning. He relied on a fastball-changeup combo, mixing in the occasional spiked curveball, to absolutely dominate hitters. Ventura is just scratching the surface of what he can be this year. We're in the middle of another golden age for pitchers, evidenced by the performance of youngsters like Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey last season. Ventura looks ready to carry that mantle forward in 2014.

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