Vinnie Pestano

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Vinnie Pestano
Vinnie Pestano on July 1, 2012.jpg
Pestano with the Cleveland Indians
Born: (1985-02-20) February 20, 1985 (age 34)
Huntington Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 2010, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 11, 2015, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
Win–loss record6–8
Earned run average2.98

Vincent "Vinnie" William Pestano (born February 20, 1985) is an American former relief pitcher. A sidearm pitcher, Pestano made his major league debut in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Pestano attended Canyon High School (Anaheim, California) and California State University, Fullerton before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft. Since 2007, Pestano has played in minor league baseball with the Columbus Clippers, Akron Aeros, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Lake County Captains, and Kinston Indians.

Major league career[edit]

Pestano's contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus by the Indians on September 23, 2010. He made his major league debut the same day, pitching one scoreless inning in relief.

On August 7, 2014, Pestano was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Class-A pitcher Michael Clevinger.[1] He was recalled by the Angels on August 10 after one game with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, but was sent back down on August 16 after just one appearance with the Angels.[2] On July 28, 2015 he was designated for assignment to make roster room for David DeJesus and David Murphy.

On February 5, 2016, Pestano signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.[3]

On April 4, 2017, Pestano signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

On November 1, 2017, Pestano was drafted by the Long Island Ducks in the Bridgeport Bluefish dispersal draft. On March 29, 2018, Pestano signed with the Ducks for the 2018 season. He announced his retirement on June 13, 2018.[4]

Pitching style[edit]

Pestano throws three pitches. His main pitch is a four-seam fastball that is typically thrown between 90-93 mph. His secondary pitch is a breaking ball in the low 80s that is referred to by various sources as a curveball[5] or a slider.[6] He also occasionally throws a two-seam fastball.

In popular culture[edit]

Pestano was referenced in season 8, episode 4 (Who Wants to be a Godparent?) of How I Met Your Mother. After Barney supposedly throws a brick through an upper-story window in a flashback, Ted doubtingly says, "Yeah right. I've seen Barney throw, he's no Vinnie Pestano, am I right? ...Beloved Indians middle reliever!"

Personal life[edit]

Vinnie married Andria Gray in December of 2016 in Dublin, Ohio. Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis served as one of Pestano's groomsmen.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hoynes, Paul (August 7, 2014). "Cleveland Indians trade Vinnie Pestano to Angels for RHP Michael Clevinger". Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Twitter / Angels: The Halos today have reinstated RHP Mike Morin from the DL and optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Salt Lake. #Angels
  3. ^ "Kozma, Pestano, Swarzak sign minor league deals with Yanks". Associated Press. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Vinnie Pestano". Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Vinnie Pestano". FanGraphs. Retrieved 3 May 2012.

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Preceded by
Asdrúbal Cabrera
Bob Feller Man of the Year Award
Succeeded by