12/21/2018 11:25 AM
CLEBURNE, Texas (Dec. 21, 2018) – The Cleburne Railroaders announced Friday the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Steve Pastora from the Gary SouthShore RailCats in exchange for left-handed pitcher Felix Carvallo.
Pastora, 24, made his professional debut late last season with the Wichita Wingnuts, tossing three scoreless one-inning relief appearances. All three outings came against American Association playoff teams, over the course of which Pastora struck out three without issuing a walk and allowed just two hits. On October 5, the Wingnuts traded Pastora to Gary to complete an earlier transaction.
The righty concluded his collegiate career in 2018 at William Jessup University, an NAIA school in Rocklin, California. The righty made 11 appearances for the Warriors, going 3-1 with a 5.73 ERA in four starts and seven relief outings. In 37.2 innings, Pastora struck out 41 while allowing just 35 hits, helping William Jessup to a Golden State Athletic Conference Championship. The South San Francisco, Calif., native picked up the win in the clinching game, while also recording two hits.
Pastora was primarily a hitter in his first two collegiate seasons at the College of San Mateo, where he began his collegiate career in 2014. The 6’0, 200-pounder produced a .354 batting average as a freshman, then followed it up with a .351 mark as a sophomore. That performance caught the eye of Western Michigan University, where Pastora transferred for his junior season. He played in 33 games for the Broncos, notching 19 hits. In 2017, Pastora transferred to NAIA power Lewis-Clark State College and transitioned to the mound, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.68 ERA and two saves.
Carvallo, 25, was acquired by the Railroaders as part of the 12-player deal with Wichita on October 5. The southpaw went 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA last season in 33 bullpen appearances, covering 51.2 innings of work.
The 3rd season of Railroaders baseball and the club’s pursuit of its first division title kicks off with a four-game home series against the Sioux Falls Canaries, beginning on Thursday, May 16. For information on partnerships, season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Railroaders main office at (817) 945-8705, or visit the Railroaders official website at www.railroaderbaseball.com.