|The Twins’ search for a dependable veteran arm extended past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They found him in the form of 33-year-old Indians righthander Carl Pavano. Minnesota agreed to send a player to be named, who turned out to be Triple-A righthander Yohan Pino.
Pavano signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Indians in the offseason, a deal that contained $5.3 million in potential incentives. Through 21 starts for Cleveland, Pavano was 9-8, 5.37 with 88 strikeouts and 23 walks in 125 2/3 innings. Pavano induces a lot of groundballs with his sinker-slider repertoire, and he’ll also mix in a changeup.
|Pino, 25, was an international sign out of Venezuela in 2004. After signing, the righthander was dominant in the DSL, and followed that up by posting a sub-two ERA at low Class A Beloit and high Class A Fort Myers. A no-hitter in 2007 placed Pino on everyone’s radar screen. Still, scouts were concerned that Pino didn’t have overwhelming stuff and relied mostly on command.
This year between two levels (Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester) and two roles (starter and reliever) Pino went 7-3, 3.03 with 108 strikeouts in 113 innings. The 6-foot, 190-pounder throws in the mid-80s with his fastball and mixes in a curveball and slider. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter or a middle reliever.
|Aside from Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn, Minnesota has lacked consistency in the front of its rotation this season. Pavano brings stability to the rotation, especially considering that he had gone 6-1 this year against the Tigers and White Sox, two key AL Central rivals. In those seven starts, he has allowed just 11 runs.|