December 17, 2012

Pestano Receives Bob Feller Man of the Year Award

Pestano honored with Cleveland BBWAA Award

Vinnie Pestano given Bob Feller Award as Cleveland Indians' Man of the Year

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Former Titan right-hander Vinnie Pestano was named this year's recipient of the Bob Feller Man of the Year Award, as announced by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The distinction is bestowed upon the organization's player or executive who consistently performs at the top of his game. He beat out four other nominees: second baseman Jason Kipnis, closer Chris Perez, center fielder Michael Brantley and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

Pestano recently competed his second full season in the big leagues, and finished the year with a 3-3 record, 2.57 ERA and two saves. In 70 innings pitched and 70 appearances, Pestano totlaed 76 strikeouts. Pestano managed a 57-4 record when leading after seven innings.

In two-plus years with the Tribe, Pestano has forged a 2.50 ERA in 142 outings. The 27-year-old was a 20th-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Pestano spent three seasons (2004-06) at Cal State Fullerton, helping the Titans capture their fourth national championship in 2004. Following his final season in 2006, he earned All-American and Big West Conference first team accolades.

Pestano finished his career with a record of 8-8 and a 2.93 ERA. In 93 career appearances with the Titans, he tossed 135 and 1/3 innings, striking out 129 and totaling 27 saves.