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Indians trade RH reliever Vinnie Pestano to Angels for minor league pitcher Michael Clevinger

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 7, 2014

Former Indians seventh-inning set-up man Vinnie Pestano was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Michael Clevinger Thursday.

Clevinger, 23, had split the season to date between Low Class-A Burlington and High-A Inland Empire, owning a combined 4-3 record with a 4.31 ERA. Over 79 1/3 innings spanning 18 starts, the right-hander has struck out 85 and issued 32 walks.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder opened the 2014 season at Burlington, going a dominating 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA that included 27 strikeouts and five walks, while limiting opposing batters to a .186 average against. He was promoted to Inland Empire May 5 and made 13 starts before the trade. The Indians said he would soon report to their High-A club – the Carolina Mudcats.

A fourth-round selection by the Angels in the 2011 draft out of Florida’s Seminole State Community College, Clevinger underwent Tommy John surgery the next season. He began his comeback with three appearances in 2013.

Despite opening the season on the Indians roster, Pestano has spent a majority of this season at Triple-A Columbus when the struggles that cost him his important bullpen role in 2013 quickly resurfaced. With the Clippers, the right-hander went 2-4 with six saves and a 1.78 ERA in 32 relief appearances.

In 13 relief appearances with the Tribe this season, Pestano, 29 complied a 0-1 mark with a 5.00 ERA over nine innings. Pestano, 29, was drafted by the Indians in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. In parts of the last five seasons in the Tribe ‘pen, Pestano owned a 5-8 record, 11 saves and a 2.93 ERA in 192 games.

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