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Francisco Peņa

Francisco Peņa 26 C

Norfolk Tides

  • Status: Free Agent
  • Full Name: Francisco Antonio Peņa
  • Age: 28 (October 12, 1989)
  • Birthplace: Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 6' 2" Wt: 230
  • MLB Debut: 05/20/2014
  • School: Instituto Ibere, Santiago, DOM
  • Relationship(s): son of Tony Peņa, brother of Tony Pena Jr., nephew of Ramon Pena
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Francisco Peņa Career Stats

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Francisco Peņa  26 C

Francisco Peņa
  • Full Name: Francisco Antonio Pena
  • Born: October 12, 1989
  • Age: 28
  • Birthplace: Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Weight: 230
  • School: Instituto Ibere, Santiago, DOM
  • MLB Debut: 05/20/2014

2016 Highlights
Spent the majority of the season with Norfolk in his first season in the Orioles system, hitting .246 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 54 games with the Tides...Threw out 45% of attemped basestealers (18 of 40), a mark that would have led the IL if he had enough games to qualify...Batted .286 (26-91) with three home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games with Norfolk after the All-Star break...Homered in back-to-back games with the Tides, August 3 at Durham and August 5 at Charlotte...Had two stints with Baltimore (May 31 - June 30 & August 20 - end of season), hitting .200 with one home run and three RBI...Registered two hits - including a two-run home run - and scored two runs in his Orioles debut, June 2 vs. Boston...Went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, June 5 vs. New York...Threw out 50% of attempted basestealers (4 of 8) while with Baltimore.
2015: Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .251 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 95 games... Ranked third among Pacific Coast League catchers, throwing out 32.5 % of attempted basestealers (25 of 77)...Made just five errors in 677 total chances (.993 fielding percentage)...Went 3-for-3 with three home runs and four RBI, June 16 vs. Iowa; the three-homer performance was the first in Storm Chasers history and was the first for a Triple-A Royals player since Mike Moustakas did so on 8/30/10...Played in eight games with Kansas City, including his first-career start on 9/25 against Cleveland...Recorded his first Major League hit in the regular season finale on 10/4 in Minnesota (single, Ryan O'Rourke)...Did not appear in the postseason, but still received a World Series ring for his time with the Royals.
2014: Spent majority of the season with Triple-A Omaha, where he hit .240 with 27 home runs and 61 RBI...Named to the Pacific Coast League midseason and postseason All-Star Teams after setting an Omaha franchise record for homers by a catcher (27)...His 27 home runs tied for fourth in the league and led all PCL catchers...Homered in three consecutive games, April 15-18, and in back-to-back games on four other occasions...Made his MLB debut on May 20 against the Chicago White Sox, catching the final inning where he threw out White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton trying to steal second base.
2013: Split the season with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A...Opened the year as the starting catcher at Binghamton where he had 17 hits in 22 games before being promoted to Las Vegas...Threw out 30 percent of would-be base stealers (15-50) and allowed just two passed balls in 57 games with Las Vegas...Participated in the World Baseball Classic with the Dominican Republic team that won the tournament.
2012: Opened his fourth season at Class-A St. Lucie in 2012, but was promoted to Binghamton on June 21...Threw out a career high 45 percent of would-be base stealers (19-42) in 39 games at Binghamton.
2011: Appeared in 93 games with Class-A St. Lucie, hitting .223 (71-319) with 13 doubles and 37 RBI…Had a career high four RBI in one game three times throughout the season…Hit .286 (28-98) with 18 RBI against lefties.
2010: Missed most of the season with a broken foot but did make 20 appearances with GCL Mets (10) and St. Lucie (10).
2009: Named to the Florida State League's All-Star team with St. Lucie.
2008: Was a starter in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game after hitting .264 with six homers in 105 games.
PERSONAL: Francisco Antonio Pena was acquired by Baltimore from Kansas City, in exchange for cash considerations, on 12/2/15...Originally signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2006…Attended Instituto Ibere HS in Santiago, DR...Played on the 2001 Little League World Series team from Bronx, NY (in which his teammate, star pitcher Danny Almonte, became notorious for having lied about his age)...Is left-handed, but was taught by his father at an early age to throw right-handed...Is the son of New York Yankees coach and five-time All-Star, Tony Pena...Tony Pena had an 18-year career with six different teams (PIT, STL, BOS, CLE, CHW, HOU), batting .260 with 107 home runs and 708 RBI while earning four Gold Glove awards...Francisco's brother, Tony Pena Jr., has played professionally for five different organizations (ATL, KC, SF, BOS, CWS).