Brayan Peña

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Brayan Peña
Brayan Peña on June 9, 2013.jpg
Cincinnati Reds – No. 29
Catcher
Born: (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 32)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through April 8, 2014)
Batting average .258
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 136
Teams

Brayan Eduardo Peña (born January 7, 1982) is a Cuban professional baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). Peña has played in MLB for the Atlanta Braves, the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and is currently a member of the Cincinnati Reds

Early years[edit]

Peña was a member of the Cuban National 18 and under team. He graduated from Espa Julio Trigo. He grew up in Havana, Cuba with former teammate and current Tampa Bay Rays shortstop, Yunel Escobar.

Peña left Cuba for the United States in 1999.[1]/

Professional career[edit]

Peña during his tenure with the Atlanta Braves in 2005

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Peña was called up to the Majors early in the 2005 season because of an injury to Eddie Pérez.

On May 23, 2008, the Braves designated Peña for assignment.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

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 to 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.[2] 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.[3]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

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.[4] He played in 71 games in 2013, and posted the best batting average of his career (.297).

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Peña and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to terms on a two-year contract, covering the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Peña has shared playing time with catcher Devin Mesoraco and occupied first base for a brief time while first baseman Joey Votto was injured. [5]

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