|Cincinnati Reds – No. 29|
January 7, 1982 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|May 23, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||120|
Brayan Eduardo Peña (born January 7, 1982) is a Cuban professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. A catcher, Peña has played in MLB for the Atlanta Braves, the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Reds.
Peña was a member of the Cuban National 18 and under team as a youth. He graduated from Espa Julio Trigo. He grew up in Havana, Cuba with former teammate and current Tampa Bay Rays shortstop, Yunel Escobar.
On May 23, 2008, the Braves designated Peña for assignment.
Kansas City Royals
On May 30, 2008, Peña was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals. However, he was designated for assignment the next day, and did not appear in a game. He was promoted from the Royals' AAA-affiliate on May 31, 2009. In 2010, Brayan earned a spot in the big league roster during spring training; he spent the 2010 season at the MLB level backing up Jason Kendall. Brayan Pena looked earn a spot as a starter for the future in the last month of the season; as Jason Kendall was out due to injury, Brayan received the bulk of the playing time behind the plate in September. For the 2011 season, Peña shared starting catching duty with Matt Treanor. By the end of the season, he served as the backup to Salvador Pérez.
On January 16, 2012, Peña signed a one-year deal worth $875,000 with the Royals, avoiding arbitration in the process. The Royals designated Peña for assignment on November 20, 2012 as they made room on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft.
On December 10, 2012, Peña signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers and was the backup for Alex Avila during the 2013 season. He played in 71 games in 2013, and posted the best batting average of his career (.297).
- Kaegel, Dick (January 16, 2012). "Royals agree to one-year contract with catcher Brayan Pena". royals.com.
- Kaegel, Dick (20 November 2012). "Royals make moves to finalize 40-man roster". MLB.com via KC Royals. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- Tigers add veteran Pena as backup catcher MLB.com, December 10, 2012
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