January 1, 2008
Age: 21 Height: 6'0" Weight: 190 Bats: Left Throws: Left
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The Indians drafted Pena out of high school in the 9th round of the 2005 Draft, and after not playing professionally in 2005 he made his professional debut in 2006 with the GCL Indians. That season, in 205 combined at bats in the GCL and Lake County, Pena hit .302 with 7 HRs and 26 RBIs. Pena is an exciting left-handed hitter who has line-drive power to all fields. He has average range in the outfield, but has a very strong arm due to his experience as a pitcher in high school where he consistently clocked in at around 85-88 MPH. With his power arm and electric bat, he projects as a good right fielder; however, he is lacking in size. Going forward, Pena will need to work on his approach at the plate, namely his plate discipline where in 660 career at bats he has struck out 205 times, which is about once every three at bats. This offseason, through 12/25 Pena is hitting .259 (34-135) with 3 HR, 12 RBI and a .757 OPS in the Mexican Winter League. Pena will likely start the season in the Kinston outfield.
Video: Pena at the plate.