Vinnie Pestano

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Vinnie Pestano
Vinnie Pestano on July 1, 2012.jpg
Pestano with the Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees
Relief pitcher
Born: (1985-02-20) February 20, 1985 (age 34)
Huntington Beach, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 2010, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 6–8
Earned run average 2.98
Strikeouts 244

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

Early life

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

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, 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]

Pitching style

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[4] or a slider.[5] He also occasionally throws a two-seam fastball.

In popular culture

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!"


  1. Hoynes, Paul (August 7, 2014). "Cleveland Indians trade Vinnie Pestano to Angels for RHP Michael Clevinger". Retrieved August 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "PITCHf/x Player Card: Vinnie Pestano". Retrieved 3 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Vinnie Pestano". FanGraphs. Retrieved 3 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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