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Drafted:Signed by Atlanta in 2000.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
.091 in last 11AB
|Assets:||Has a pretty good switch-hitting bat and can fill in as a starting catcher if needed. Also boasts the ideal frame for a catcher. Can be used at first base, too.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't show enough all-around consistency behind the plate to play as a No. 1 catcher in the big leagues, despite enough offense to do so.|
|Career Potential:||Solid offensive catcher.|
|9/12/2014||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|7/08/2014||Missed 2 games (paternity leave list).|
|7/06/2014||Paternity leave list, day-to-day.|
|5/07/2014||Missed 1 game (hamstring).|
|11/08/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds to a two-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|12/10/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers to a one-year contract.|
|11/28/2012||Refused minor league assignment and opted for free agency.|
|11/20/2012||Designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals.|
|1/16/2012||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|8/11/2011||Missed 1 game (paternity leave list).|
|8/10/2011||Placed on the parternity leave list.|
|7/23/2011||Missed 1 game (toe injury).|
|7/22/2011||Toe injury, day-to-day.|
|12/02/2010||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|2/28/2010||Re-signed by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract.|
|5/31/2009||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|5/06/2009||Outrighted to Omaha (AAA).|
|4/25/2009||Designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals.|
|11/03/2008||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|5/31/2008||Designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals.|
|5/30/2008||Claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.|
|5/23/2008||Missed 15 games (back injury).|
|5/23/2008||Designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves.|
|5/08/2008||Back injury, 15-day DL.|
|3/03/2008||Re-signed by the Atlanta Braves to a one-year contract.|
|9/01/2007||Recalled from Richmond (AAA).|
|5/17/2007||Missed 14 games (concussion).|
|5/17/2007||Optioned to Richmond (AAA).|
|5/02/2007||Concussion, 15-day DL.|
|2/28/2007||Re-signed by the Atlanta Braves to a one-year contract.|
|9/01/2006||Recalled from Richmond (AAA).|
|6/09/2006||Optioned to Richmond (AAA).|
|5/21/2006||Recalled from Richmond (AAA).|
|3/28/2006||Optioned to Richmond (AAA).|
|2/23/2006||Re-signed by the Atlanta Braves to a one-year contract.|
|10/05/2005||Did not make the playoff roster.|
|9/01/2005||Recalled from Richmond (AAA).|
|8/22/2005||Optioned to Richmond (AAA).|
|8/11/2005||Contract purchased from Richmond (AAA).|
|7/30/2005||Outrighted to Richmond (AAA).|
|7/29/2005||Optioned to Richmond (AAA).|
|7/27/2005||Recalled from Richmond (AAA).|
|6/13/2005||Optioned to Richmond (AAA).|
|5/20/2005||Contract purchased from Richmond (AAA).|
|3/26/2005||Assigned by the Atlanta Braves to their minor league camp.|
|1/19/2005||Invited to spring training by the Atlanta Braves.|
|3/19/2004||Assigned by the Atlanta Braves to their minor league camp.|
|1/12/2004||Invited to spring training by the Atlanta Braves.|
|11/08/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds.|
|12/10/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers.|
|5/30/2008||Claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Atlanta Braves.|
|1/01/2000||Signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Braves.|
Reds catcher Brayan Pena is doubtful for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sprained left shoulder. | 04/13/2015 10:33 AM
NewsReds catcher Brayan Pena is doubtful for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sprained left shoulder.
ImpactRegular starter Devin Mesoraco just won't get a day off for a while. Pena has no fantasy value.
Reds catcher Brayan Pena has been scratched from the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday due to illness. | 09/11/2014 12:19 PM
NewsReds catcher Brayan Pena has been scratched from the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday due to illness.
ImpactPena was in the lineup to catch for pitcher Jonny Cueto. Regular starter Devin Mesoraco will catch due to Pena's illness. Pena should be available on Friday.
Pena clubs two homers in loss to Yankees | 07/18/2014 9:59 PM
NewsBrayan Pena clubbed two solo home runs in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.
ImpactWho needs Joey Votto, anyway? Filling in at first base on Friday, Pena is now the second player in Reds' history with a multi-homer game at Yankee Stadium. The other? Johnny Bench in Game 4 of the 1976 World Series. Pena doesn't inspire much enthusiasm in fantasy leagues, but he could be worth a shot in two-catcher NL-only leagues if the playing time is there.
Pena has go-ahead RBI in win over Pirates | 07/11/2014 10:59 PM
NewsBrayan Pena had a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI single in Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.
ImpactThe Pirates held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Reds rallied for three runs on five hits against Tony Watson to take the lead. Pena's two-out single proved to be the difference. The 32-year-old has done a respectable job as Devin Mesoraco's backup this season, batting .257 with three home runs and a . 675 OPS over 63 games.
Brayan Pena (forearm) in Reds' lineup Thurs. | 07/10/2014 10:08 AM
NewsBrayan Pena (forearm) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.
Mark D. Gonzales on Twitter
ImpactPena missed a couple of games with minor soreness in his right forearm. The 32-year-old is playing first base and batting cleanup Thursday for the injury-riddled Reds.
Brayan Pe¤a (forearm) expected to play Wed. | 07/09/2014 10:14 AM
NewsBrayan Pe¤a (forearm) is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.
ImpactPena was dealing with soreness in his right forearm even before going on paternity leave, and he then sat out both games of Tuesday's doubleheader. The Reds are expected to use him as their primary first baseman while Joey Votto (quad) is out. "We were planning on giving him a couple of days of TLC, which he was able to get at home with his wife and new daughter, but I'd love to have him not do much for another day," manager Bryan Price said between games Tuesday. "I think it's a lot more probable that you'll see him more involved beginning (Wednesday)."
Reds activate Pena from paternity leave | 07/08/2014 10:40 AM
NewsReds activated C Brayan Pena from the paternity leave list.
ImpactPena has been away from the team for the past couple of days. With Joey Votto going on the DL, the Reds are keeping Tucker Barnhart around as a third catcher.
Brayan Pe¤a goes on paternity leave | 07/06/2014 10:53 AM
NewsReds placed C Brayan Pe¤a on the paternity leave list.
ImpactHe can be away for up to three days. Tucker Barnhart has placed Pena on the Reds' roster.
Brayan Pena scratched from lineup Saturday | 07/05/2014 4:19 PM
NewsBrayan Pena was a late scratch from the Reds' starting lineup Saturday versus the Brewers.
ImpactHe's a little banged up, but it should be nothing to worry about. "Pena is a usable piece today. It's nothing extreme," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "It just made more sense to have the guy that's closer to 100 percent behind the plate." Devin Mesoraco will get the start in his place.
Brayan Pena has two hits in win over Giants | 06/29/2014 7:55 PM
NewsBrayan Pena went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI as the Reds shutout the Giants 4-0 on Sunday.
ImpactPena has seen his playing time dwindle in recent weeks with the return of Joey Votto, and the sizzling bat of Devin Mesoraco behind the plate. The veteran backstop is hitting .251/.287/.377 with three homers and 15 RBI on the year.
Brayan Pe¤a returns to action Wed. | 05/07/2014 2:43 PM
NewsBrayan Pe¤a is back in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactPena missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring issue. He'll continue to serve as the Reds' primary catcher while Devin Mesoraco (hamstring) is on the DL.
Brayan Pe¤a dealing with hamstring injury | 05/07/2014 9:30 AM
NewsBrayan Pe¤a didn't start Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.
ImpactReds manager Bryan Price said Pena's hamstring is "tender," but he indicated the backstop was available off the bench. Tucker Barnhart will handle the catching duties until Pena is ready.
Pena swats first homer as Reds fall to Cubs | 04/30/2014 11:13 PM
NewsBrayan Pena went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.
ImpactPena lifted a solo home run to right field off of Edwin Jackson in the second inning for his first homer of the season. Pena has hit well since taking over for the injured Devin Mesoraco on Saturday. He has four hits, including a double and a homer, in four games.
Pena has two hits, swipes second bag in win | 04/22/2014 10:06 PM
NewsBrayan Pena went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base as the Reds defeated the Pirates on Tuesday.
ImpactPena got the start behind the dish to give Devin Mesoraco, who had caught four consecutive games, a breather. He rewarded the Reds with a couple of singles and his second stolen base of the season. Entering the season, Pena hadn't stolen a base since 2010. All in all, a nice night for the backup catcher.
Brayan Pe¤a picks up three hits Monday | 04/07/2014 8:15 PM
NewsBrayan Pe¤a went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.
ImpactPena cranked a couple doubles to the wall off a Michael Wacha and then ripped a single off of Carlos Martinez, so it wasn't as if his big day was a cheapie. His only misstep of the day was when he inexplicably tried to steal a base off Yadier Molina, though it's possible Billy Hamilton missed a hit-and-run sign. With Devin Mesoraco back, Pena's playing time is about to be cut.
Reds ink C Pena to two-year contract | 11/12/2013 3:56 PM
NewsReds signed C Brayan Pena to a two-year contract.
ImpactNo word yet on the exact terms involved. Pena batted .297/.315/.397 with four homers and 22 RBI over 243 plate appearances this season with Detroit. His addition likely means that Ryan Hanigan is on the way out.
Reds sign Brayan Pe¤a to two-year deal | 11/08/2013 10:31 AM
NewsESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas reports that the Reds have signed Brayan Pe¤a to a two-year contract.
Enrique Rojas on Twitter
ImpactThe financials of the deal are not known yet. As ESPN's Buster Olney notes, bringing in Pena allows the Reds to either non-tender or trade Ryan Hanigan. Pena batted .297/.315/.397 with four homers and 22 RBI over 243 plate appearances this season as Alex Avila's backup in Detroit.
Pena won't return to Tigers | 10/30/2013 1:58 PM
NewsBrayan Pena wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that he was informed that he will not return to the Tigers next season.
Brayan Pena on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers presumably want to move on to Bryan Holaday as Alex Avila's backup. Pena, an impending free agent, batted .297/.315/.397 with four homers and 22 RBI over 243 plate appearances this season.
Brayan Pena (toe) back in lineup Saturday | 08/24/2013 1:40 PM
NewsBrayan Pena (toe) is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Mets.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactPena missed three games due to a toe injury. He's batting seventh and catching Max Scherzer in his return to the lineup.
Pena ejected in fourth inning against Royals | 08/17/2013 8:42 PM
NewsBrayan Pena was ejected in the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Royals.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactA disagreement centered around Alcides Escobar's at-bat in the fourth inning saw Tigers manager Jim Leyland get tossed, and after Escobar's RBI double Pena hit the showers as well. Pena was hitless in two at-bats in the game. He was replaced at catcher by Bryan Holaday.
Brayan Pena has RBI single in loss to Angels | 06/27/2013 5:02 PM
NewsBrayan Pena went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Thursday against the Angels.
ImpactPena, a .253 career hitter, is now batting .304 with two home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI through 115 at-bats this season. The Tigers want Alex Avila (forearm) to take his time during his minor league rehab assignment so that he can find his swing, so Pena should continue to have value in AL-only leagues for the short-term.
Pena has three hits, Tigers beat Indians 11-7 | 05/23/2013 12:42 AM
NewsBrayan Pena went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Tigers' 11-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.
ImpactPena doesn't play much -- Wednesday was just his 14th game of the year -- but when he does, he usually hits. His three-hit game raised his average to .304, and with starting catcher Alex Avila struggling it may mean more at-bats for Pena in the near future.
Brayan Pe¤a homers on Sunday | 05/12/2013 5:10 PM
NewsBrayan Pe¤a went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to the Indians.
ImpactIt's actually the second straight time he's homered in a game he started, though his last start was a week ago. Pe¤a is now batting .256 with the pair of longballs over 11 games this season.
Brayan Pena homers, triples | 03/30/2013 4:26 PM
NewsBrayan Pena had a two-run homer and a triple Saturday against the Rays.
ImpactThe Tigers could have and should have done better than Pena as their backup to Alex Avila behind the plate, but they signed him back in December when there were still plenty of alternatives available and never did bring in any competition. He finishes the spring batting .188 with three homers.
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
|At Bats||5||vs. ChN||Apr 24||6|
|Runs||2||vs. SF||May 17||2|
|Hits||3||vs. Atl||May 12||3|
|Doubles||1||4 times-last: vs. Atl||last: May 12||2|
|Total Bases||4||vs. Atl||May 12||8|
|Extra-Base Hits||1||4 times-last: vs. Atl||last: May 12||2|
|Runs Batted In||1||4 times-last: vs. SF||last: May 14||2|
|Base on Balls||2||2 times-last: vs. Mil||last: Apr 27||3|
|Times on Base||4||2 times-last: at ChA||last: May 9||4|
|At Bats||348||2014 (Cin)|
|Triples||1||2 times-last: 2014 (Cin)|
|Home Runs||6||2009 (KC)|
|Total Bases||123||2014 (Cin)|
|Extra-Base Hits||24||2014 (Cin)|
|Runs Batted In||26||2014 (Cin)|
|Base on Balls||20||2014 (Cin)|
|Times on Base||108||2014 (Cin)|
|Stolen Bases||2||2 times-last: 2014 (Cin)|
|Caught Stealing||3||2014 (Cin)|
|Batting Average||.297*||2013 (Det)|
|On Base Percentage||.333*||2008 (Atl)|
|Slugging Percentage||.442*||2009 (KC)|
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