Ventura has made 25 starts this season between Double-A and Triple-A, going 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA over 134 2/3 innings. The right-hander has flashed impressive stuff, racking up 155 strikeouts, but has issued 53 walks.
The 22-year-old will likely work as a reliever in Kansas City. Ventura can hit 100-mph on the radar gun, giving the Royals another weapon out of the bullpen.
Royals Triple-A manager Mike Jirschele had high praises for Ventura in June, telling Rob White of the Omaha World-Herald:
"He's probably the most exciting guy to come through since Zack Greinke came through. And he has a better fastball than Zack had. We're excited to get him out here."
Ventura is not currently on the Royals 40-man roster. The team will likely move Carlos Pena off the 40-man roster after the first baseman underwent appendectomy surgery.