Date of Birth: 02/27/1993
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 225 lbs
Resides: Kansas City, MO
Robert Calvano returns to Kansas City after a stint with the San Diego Padres organization. The native of KC became the 41st T-Bones to have his contract purchased on January 8, 2019 but was released during spring training. The T-Bones invited Calvano to KCK and 2019 T-Bones Spring Training and he was signed to a contract on May 13th. The T-Bones first signed the right-handed pitcher for the 2018 season on August 14th. Calvano recorded his only save as a T-Bone on September 2nd , 2018 working a scoreless 14th inning in the T-Bones 3-2 playoff clinching win at Gary SouthShore. For the season the right-hander was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in seven innings with six strike outs on the season.
Calvano grew up in Kansas City, Missouri before attending college in Nebraska at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After graduating, Calvano was drafted in the 38th round of the 2016 June MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. In his first season he played rookie ball for the Cardinals posting a 1-1 record with a 6.06 ERA and 14 strikeouts. In 2017 he started the year with Johnson County in the Appalachian league. While with the Cardinals, Calvano went 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in six games. In July, he moved up to play with A(short) State College in the New York Penn League. While with the Spikes, he went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 5 ⅓ innings. Calvano spent 2018 with two other teams before joining the T-Bones. He started the year with the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League before traveling to A(full) Peoria in the Midwest League. He had a combined record of 0-0 and averaged a 7.71 ERA in 4 ⅔ innings of relief. As a Senior (2016) at the University of Nebraska-Omaha he worked 6.2 innings of relief with no record and five strike outs and a 6.75 ERA. As a Junior (2015) Calvano made eight mound appearances in relief, totaling 5.2 innings of work with eight strike outs in eight games. As a Junior (2014) he made two appearances on the mound, including one start. Went 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA for the season over 4.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .200 batting average. He was limited that season due to suffering a season-ending injury on March 8th.Calvano began his college career at Johnson County CC where he played two seasons. In 2013, he went 1-2 on the mound with a 3.65 ERA over eight appearances, including five games started. The righty struck out 23 batters while walking nine over 23.0 innings pitched. In 2012, he made three mound appearances, including one start going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA, totaling 5.1 innings of work and struck out seven and walked three for the season. Calvano attended Bishop Miege High School and was selected to the all-conference, all-state, all-metro, and all-sun teams as a senior.