Full name VINCENT WILLIAM PESTANO...Single...Attended Canyon High School in Anaheim, CA (4-year letterman) and then pitched three seasons at Cal State Fullerton from 2004-06...Underwent reconstructive right elbow surgery after getting injured during May of 2006 during his junior season...At the time of his injury he was 2-1 w/a 0.97 ERA in 29 games (37.0IP, 34H, 4ER, 43K)...Saved 13 games during his sophomore season of 2005...Regular visitor to area schools in 2011-12 and participated in the Shop with a Pro Event and Tribe Reporter for a Day...Club's 2012 Branch Rickey Award nominee...Involved with Boys and Girls Clubs, the PLAY Clinic and Foodback of Goodyear, AZ...2013 TribeFest participant.
Made 25 Major League appearances, pitching to an 0-1 record with a 2.89 ERA (18.2 IP - 8 ER) combined between Indians and Angels...Began season on Opening Day roster with Cleveland, prior to April 8 option assignment...Rejoined club on June 20 and was optioned again July 11...Made 10 appearances during second stint with club and allowed just one run and five hits in 6.1 innings pitched...In 13 overall appearances with Tribe, went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA (9 IP - 5 ER)...Recorded 13 strikeouts while walking just one batter...Regained form with Triple-A Columbus, finishing with a 2-4 record and 1.78 ERA (30.1 IP - 6 ER) in 32 games while walking 12 and striking out 37...Did not allow a home run during stint and only one overall in 38.1 combined minor league innings...Surrendered just 12 long balls in 226 career minor league innings pitched...Acquired by Angels Aug. 7 in exchange for Minor League RHP Michael Clevinger...Pitched in six games across two stints with Triple-A Salt Lake, and went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (8 IP - 2 ER) with 12 strikeouts and four walks...In 12 games with Angels, went 0-0 with a 0.93 ERA (9.2 IP - 1 ER)...11 of 12 appearances with Halos were scoreless including each of final nine appearances of the regular season...Did not allow a hit in seven of final eight regular season appearances...Lone run scored against him was a solo home run by Twins' Kennys Vargas on Sept. 7 in Minnesota...13 of 29 outs recorded as an Angel came via strikeout...Stranded 13 of 16 inherited runners after joining Angels...Right-handed batters were just 1-for-21 (.048) against him as an Angel...Struck out 41.5% of RHB he faced (22/53), sixth most in MLB (minimum 50 RHB faced)...Did not surrender a hit with RISP with Angels.
After setting club record with 36 holds in 2012 Vinnie recorded just 6 holds in 2013 as injury and ineffectiveness were the story of his season...Started the year as the primary set-up man to Chris Perez after making 3 appearances in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA (2.0IP, 2R/ER)...Recorded an April ERA of 2.25 (8.0IP, 5H, 2R/ER, 8K, .185AVG) before going on the 15-day Disabled List for the first time in his career from May 1-16 with right elbow tendinitis...Pitched at A Lake County on May 15...Posted an ERA of 4.62 (25.1IP, 27H, 13ER) upon activation until being optioned to AAA Columbus on July 30 with a season ERA of 4.05 (33.1IP, 32H, 15ER, 19BB, 34K)...Was removed from 8th-inning role after blown hold on July 7 vs. Detroit (0.2IP, 4H, 3R/ER)...Did serve as the club's closer in June and was 6-for-6 in save situations from June 16-28 while posting a 2.08 ERA for the month in 13 games (13.0IP, 12H, 4R/3ER, 15K)...With Cleveland batters hit .277 (18-65) with runners on base off him, .256 (10-39) with runners in scoring position and .364 (8-22) with RISP-2outs...After his September 3 recall when the Minor League season ended he appeared in 3 games with a 4.50ERA (2.0IP, 5H, 2R/1ER, batters were 5-for-9)...On the year left-handed hitters had a .878 OPS off him (3 2B, 4HR, 9BB)...With the Columbus Clippers he posted an ERA of 3.29 (13.2IP, 13H, 5ER, 4BB, 13K, .265AVG), limited right-handed hitters to a .188 (6-32) average against and posted scoreless outings in 12 of 14 games...Lefties were 7-for-17 (.412) off him at Triple-A as batters hit .381 (8-21) off him with runners on base.
Had another outstanding season in a set-up role, notching a club-record
for holds in a single-season (36), which ranked 2nd in the American League
to Joel Peralta of TB leading the Major Leagues in holds (37) on his way to
setting a single-season franchise record for holds....Previous record was
31 by Rafael Betancourt in 2007...Finished 15th among American League
relievers in relief batting average against (.207)...Was also tied for 15th in
relief appearances (career-high 70) and T14th in relief strikeouts (76), which
ranked 4th on the club in 2012... Also led the team in relief innings (14th
in the AL with 70.0IP)...Named Man of the Year by the Cleveland BBWAA
Chapter following the season.
Did not allow a run over a career-high 19 straight appearances from June 30-August 9, covering 21.0 innings of
consecutive shutout relief (10H, 22K)...Both totals (19 games, 21.0IP) were season-highs among Indians pitchers in
2012 and career-bests for Vinnie...Streak was snapped on a 2-run HR from Albert Pujols on August 13 at LA Angels...
From June 1 thru the end of the season he posted an ERA of 2.61 (46 games. 48.1IP, 38H, 14ER, 47SO, .213AVG)
and from May 18 thru the end of the season posted an ERA of 2.44 (53 games, 55.1IP, 42H, 15ER, .207AVG) that
lowered his ERA from 3.07 to 2.57. ERA from August 13th-on after the Pujols homer was 6.16 (19.0IP, 24H, 13ER),
allowing runs in 7 of the 19 outings...Took a 2.34 ERA into his career-high 70th
and final outing on the season's last day, October 3 vs. CWS (0.2IP, 3H, 2R/
ER)...Allowed 2HR in an outing for the first time in his career to consecutive
hitters, entered that game with a 3.46 ERA in 13 Sept/Oct outings...Notched
first save of 2012 on Sept 1 vs TEX...Was 2 for 2 in 9th inning save chances
(other save 9/3 at DET with C Perez on Paternity List)...Suffered 3 blown
saves in the 7th/8th inning of games and was 2-for-5 overall on the year.
Indians were 50-20 (.714) when he appeared in a game and 57 of his 70 appearances were scoreless...Stranded 18 of
21 inherited runners (86%), the best mark on the team...Batters hit .222 (26-117) with runners on base against Vinnie
and batters hit .194 (13-67) with RISP...Notched at least one strikeout in 21 straight games, 4/5-5/23, the longest mark
by an Indians reliever to start year since 1918 (had 23 straight from 9/25/11-5/23/12) and recorded strikeouts in 55
outings on the year...Right-handed hitters had 5 extra base hits in 119 at bats and had a season OPS of .487...Batters
were 1 for 11 off him with the bases loaded.
Made the club out of spring training and was one of the more valuable set up men in the American League, finishing 5th among AL relievers in strikeouts (84), 6th in average against (.184), tied for 11th in appearances (67), 10th
in relief ERA (2.32) and tied for 8th in holds (23)...His .194 (19-98) average with men on base was 12th among AL relievers...Was 2nd among AL rookies in games pitched (Collins KC 68G) and 6th in rookie AL strikeouts (84), the most by a AL rookie reliever...55 of his 67 appearances were scoreless...Recorded at least one strikeout in
52 of 67 outings...Earned first Major League win on May 20 vs. Cincinnati...From July 10th thru the end of the season recorded an ERA of 1.52 (29.2 IP, 19H, 5 ER) in his final 31 outings (27
scoreless)...Over his last 25 games from July 27th-on his ERA was 1.13 (24.0 IP, 15H, 3 ER, 31K)....ERA after August 4th was 0.83 (22G, 21.2 IP, 12H, 2ER, 26K, .158AVG)...ERA in April was 0.82 (12G, 11.0IP, 5H, 1R/ER, 13K)...Righthanded
hitters had just 4 extra base hits off him (2 3B, 2HR) and an OPS of .416 (.221OB/.195SLG)...Batters hit .176 (9-51) off him with RISP (0HR) and .138 (4-29) with RISP-2outs.
Spent most of the season between AA Akron and AAA Columbus before making an impressive Major League debut
over the last two weeks of the regular season...Began the season at AA Akron where he went 1-1 w/3 saves and a
2.70 ERA in 14 relief outings (13.1IP, 12H, 4ER, 18K, .235AVG) and was promoted to AAA Columbus on May 14...He was 1-2 with a 1.55ERA and 14 saves in 43 regular season games with the Clippers (46.1IP, 35H, 8ER, 14BB, 59K)...
Allowed one run in 5.0 innings/5 games during the playoffs (1SV, 2H, BB, 9K) and finished the Triple-A Championship
game Tuesday in Columbus' 12-6 win (1.0IP, 0H, K)...Over his final 10 regular season appearances, he only allowed 3
hits and no runs (10.0IP, 2BB, 10K) and was 1-1 with 10 saves and a 0.71ERA over his last 24 games (25.3IP, 13H, 2R/
ER, 7BB, 31K)...At Triple-A right-handed batters hit .161 (14-87) off him w/0HR allowed (1HR in 46.1 total AAA innings)...The 6-0, 205-pound right-hander had a cumulative 1.81ERA in 57 combined games between Columbus and Akron with
17 saves (59.2IP, 47H, 16R/12ER, 16BB, 77K, 2HR)...The 17 saves were 2nd most among Indians minor league players...Contract was purchased from AAA Columbus on September 23...Made his Major League debut that night vs. Kansas City
(1.0IP, BB, SO) and collected his first Major League save on September 26 vs. KC (1.0IP, 1BB, K) when Chris Perez was
away on paternity leave...Allowed run in his last 2 appearances with Cleveland after 3 straight scoreless 1.0IP outings
from Sept.23-29...Batters were 4 for 22 (.222, all singles, RHH were 1 for 10) off him w/0HR allowed and 8K in 5.0IP.
Was an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star at AA Akron before season ended early in mid-July due to a
right elbow strain...26 of 34 outings were scoreless and he was 24 of 27 in save ops...Ranked 2nd in the EL/Indians
organization in saves and 6th in GF...Saved last 12 in a row...Batters hit .234 off him for the year and RHH hit .219.
Split the season between the Lake County Captains of the Class A South Atlantic League and the Kinston Indians
of the Class A Carolina League...Finished second (Randy Newsom, Akron, 30) among Indians Minor Leaguers with
24 combined saves...Began the season with the Captains, going 1-1 with 15 saves in 29 relief appearances...Allowed
exactly 1 earned run in only five appearances and never more than one...Moved up to Kinston in late June, where he
was 1-2 with nine saves in 25 relief outings...Allowed only two home runs all season...SAL All-Star.