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Scouting Ventura, Skaggs and Belt

Updated: March 11, 2013, 1:55 PM ET
By Keith Law

Some scouting notes from the games I hit over the weekend here in Arizona.

Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura showed two plus pitches in his three-inning stint on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants, sitting 96-97 mph and touching 99 at least three times in the outing, with a loose and easy arm action that seems to require very little effort on his part. He didn't throw a lot of curveballs, but after popping the first one, he threw several around 82 mph that were plus, one a hard downer to strike out Francisco Peguero and another with more of an 11/5 break down and away to fan Wilson Valdez. He threw a few changeups at 84-85 but they were below average, easy to pick up out of his hand and very soft coming across the plate.

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