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Robert Coello came to the major leagues in 2010 after being released by two major league organizations and switching positions.

Coello was picked in the 20th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds as a catcher. He missed 2005 due to injury, then was let go by the Reds in early 2006, never having played a game in their system. That fall, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed him. Moving to the pitching mound, Robert was excellent for the 2007 AZL Angels, going 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA.

Despite his fine work in 2007, he was not retained by the Angels. He went on to the independent leagues, pitching in 2008 for the Calgary Vipers (1-1, 5.74, 18 K in 15 2/3 IP) and then the Edmonton Cracker-Cats (2-0, 1.78, 29 K in 25 1/3 IP).

The Boston Red Sox became the fifth organization to sign Coello, doing so in November 2008. He split 2009 between the Salem Red Sox (5-3, 2 Sv, 2.05, .167 opponent average, 82 K in 66 IP, followed by six shutout playoff innings) and Pawtucket Red Sox (0 R in 1 1/3 IP). He was third among Carolina League relievers in opponent average. In winter ball, he was a starter for the Algodoneros de Guasave, going 3-4 with a 3.50 ERA.

Robert started 2010 well with the Portland Sea Dogs (4-1, Sv, 3.32, 51 K in 43 1/3 IP). Promoted to Pawtucket, he went 3-5 with a 4.22 ERA there, striking out 79 in 64 innings and allowing only a .192 average, but walking 30. That earned him a September call-up to The Show. He had a rough entry to the big leagues. In his first outing, Coello relieved Jon Lester with a 11-2 lead in the 7th. Dan Johnson greeted the rookie with a single. Kelly Shoppach flew out, but Matthew Joyce singled. PH Willy Aybar singled, then fellow pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe drew a full-count bases-loaded walk to force in a run. Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings drew a four-pitch walk to force in a run, then Coello was promptly yanked in favor of Dustin Richardson, who also walked in a run. He finished his first day in the bigs with a 81.00 ERA. He made 5 more apprearances, all in releif, before the end of the year, bringing his ERA down to a more palatable 4.76.

On February 15, 2011, the Red Sox traded Coello to the Chicago Cubs for Tony Thomas. He split the season between the AA Tennessee Smokies (4 games) and the AAA Iowa Cubs (30 games), with an overall record of 7-8, 4.19 in 34 games, including 15 starts, but did not get the call back to the big leagues. After the season, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched 19 times with the AAA Las Vegas 51s in 2012, with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 3.00, but his stint in the major leagues was not as good, with an ERA of 12.79 and a loss in 6 appearances. In 2013, he moved to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization and began the year back in AAA, with the Salt Lake Bees. He went 1-0 with 4 saves and a 4.82 ERA in 15 games before getting the call to Anaheim on May 10th. On May 23rd, he picked up his first career save when he took over in the 9th inning for a struggling Ernesto Frieri, whop had just given up a pair of runs and put two more runners on, with the Angels hanging on to a 5-4 lead over the Kansas City Royals; Coello came in and retired Alcides Escobar on a fly ball to end the game. he had been pitching well since returning to the Show, having allowed only two hits and no runs in his first seven innings of work. A lot of his recent success was the result of mastering an "old-school" pitch, almost extinct by that point in time, the forkball, which he managed to control while giving it huge downward movement.

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