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Francisco Peña (baseball)

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Francisco Peña
Kansas City Royals – No. 26
Catcher
Born: (1989-10-12) October 12, 1989 (age 26)
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 20, 2014 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through May 6, 2015)
Batting average .000
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0
Teams

Francisco Antonio Peña (born October 12, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball catcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.

Career

New York Mets

Peña signed with the New York Mets as an international free agent in 2007, receiving a $750,000 signing bonus.[1] He made his professional debut with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), where in 103 games, he hit .210 with five home runs, and 30 runs batted in (RBIs). Peña also spent the 2008 season with the Sand Gnats, where in 105 games, he hit .264 with six home runs, 41 RBIs, and 22 doubles. He was named to the SAL All-Star Game as a backup catcher to Jesús Montero. Peña played 2009 with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL), where in 100 games, he hit .224 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. He was named to the FSL All-Star Game as a backup catcher for Austin Romine. He missed most of 2010 with a broken foot.[2] He made his debut on August 14 in a 10-game rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League, and on August 26, he returned to St. Lucie, appearing in 10 more games. Peña played 2011 with St. Lucie, where in 95 games, he hit .223 with five home runs and 37 RBIs.

Peña began his fourth season with St. Lucie in 2012. In 41 games with St. Lucie, he hit .254 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. On June 21, he was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League, where in 40 games, he hit .198 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. He also threw out a career high 45% of would-be base stealers. Peña began 2013 with Binghamton, where he hit .246 in 21 games before earning a promotion to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on May 18. In 68 games with the 51s, he hit .257 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs. After the season, he became a minor league free agent.

Kansas City Royals

On November 17, 2013, Peña signed with the Kansas City Royals who added him to their 40-man roster. He competed for a role as a backup catcher to Salvador Pérez.[3] He made his major league debut in May 2014, appearing in one game. He rejoined the Royals in September, but did not appear in a game. After starting the 2015 season in the minor leagues, the Royals promoted Peña to the major leagues on May 6, when Erik Kratz was placed on the disabled list.[4]

International career

Peña played in the 2013 Caribbean Series[5] and played for the Dominican Republic national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Personal

Pena is the son of Tony Peña and the brother of Tony Peña, Jr.[1]

See also

References

External links

Template:Dominican Republic 2013 World Baseball Classic roster