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Former Pitt Pitcher Blair Calvo Makes his MLB Debut



Former Pitt pitcher Blair Calvo made his MLB debut Tuesday night for the Colorado Rockies.

Calvo came in relief in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Rockies as they faced a 5-1 deficit to the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road. He pitched with effectiveness, as he got all three batters out with just 11 pitches to end his one inning of work.

He joined the Panthers in 2017, but sat out the season due to rehab from Tommy John surgery. He pitched one season for the program in 2018 and started all 13 games he made appearances in. He completed 46.1 innings pitched, threw 45 strikeouts, allowed 19 walks, 52 hits and 27 earned runs for a 5.24 ERA.

Colorado selected Calvo in the 26th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft and he has spent the last four seasons moving up through the organization.

He has pitched in 20 games and 18 innings this season at Triple-A Albuquerque and made 26 strikeouts and allowed 23 hits. He also has only allowed three home runs, which is an improvement on the current Rockies bullpen, as they rank fifth worst in the MLB with 74 home runs allowed.

Calvo, throughout his four years in the minor leagues, has appeared in almost 100 games, holds an 11-9 record, 153.2 innings pitched, 187 strikeouts and a 4.86 ERA.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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