Zac Ryan and Roberto Pena promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake

Ryan set for Triple-A debut, first promotion of year for Pena

By Mobile BayBears | May 20, 2019 5:04 PM

PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 20, 2019) - The Los Angeles Angels announced Monday that right-handed pitcher Zac Ryan has been promoted from the Double-A Mobile BayBears to Triple-A Salt Lake. Additionally, catcher Roberto Pena has been activated from the 7-day injured list and promoted to Salt Lake along with Ryan.


Ryan, 24, allowed just four earned runs in 10 relief appearances, spanning 16 2/3 innings, to start the season. He posted a 2-2 record, went a perfect 3-for-3 in save situations, struck out 22 batters, and held opposing hitters to a .172 batting average.


Ryan joined the BayBears on June 23 last year after being named a California League Mid-Season All-Star with Inland Empire. He made 20 appearances out of the bullpen, going 1-for-4 with a 5.68 ERA and two saves.


The Indiana native was selected by the Angels in the 23rd round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Georgia Tech, where he was teammates with current BayBears infielder Connor Justus . This is the first time Ryan has been promoted to Triple-A in his career.


Pena, 26, slashed .258/.378/.323 in 20 games with Mobile this season. He drove in four runs, hit four doubles, and scored seven runs. Pena went 10-for-21 in six games against Pensacola, including a three-hit game on April 7. In four games behind the plate as a catcher, he threw out three of nine attempted base-stealers and had a 1.80 catcher's ERA.


The Puerto Rico native was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Pena played in 88 games at the Triple-A level the past three seasons with Fresno, Charlotte, and Durham, before signing with the Angels as a minor-league free agent on January 23.


The BayBears wrap up a five-game road series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Monday at 6:35 p.m. Live coverage can be seen on (Pensacola feed, subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on, the TuneIn app, and the MiLB First Pitch app, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:15 p.m.


The BayBears return home Wednesday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 2. The new BayBears Pass is available, featuring a general admission ticket to every BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium for only $19.97 per month. Season ticket packages and partial plans are also available, featuring a 7-game plan and a 12-game option to guarantee bobbleheads and receive tickets to select fireworks nights. Individual game tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 251-572-BEAR (2327).


About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 175 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit, call (251) 572-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at


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