Ramiro Peña

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Peña and the second or maternal family name is Gauna.
Ramiro Peña
Ramiro Pena Atlanta Braves versus Texas Sept 2014.jpg
Peña with the Atlanta Braves (2014)
San Diego Padres
Infielder
Born: (1985-07-18) July 18, 1985 (age 29)
Monterrey, Mexico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2009 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .244
Hits 136
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 53
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ramiro Peña Gauna (born July 18, 1985) is a Mexican professional baseball infielder in the San Diego Padres organization. He previously played for the New York Yankees from 2009 to 2012 and the Atlanta Braves from 2013 to 2014.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Peña was signed by the New York Yankees out of the Mexican League in 2005.[1] He played for the Tampa Yankees in the Class-A Advanced Florida State League and Trenton Thunder of the Class-AA Eastern League that season and in 2006. He played for Trenton in 2007 and 2008, and was selected to participate in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game.

New York Yankees[edit]

In 2009, Peña made the Yankees Opening Day roster, beating out Ángel Berroa to be the utility infielder.[2] He made his major league debut on April 6, 2009, appearing in the game as a pinch runner. On April 9 he got a hit in his first major league at bat, off Chris Ray of the Baltimore Orioles. On April 14 against the Tampa Bay Rays, Pena started his first career game at third base, going 0 for 3 with a walk. On April 30, Peña got his first career run batted in in the bottom of the 8th inning against Justin Speier of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by hitting a double down the right field line.

Peña in 2010

With the acquisition of Eric Hinske on June 29, 2009, Peña was optioned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the International League to receive regular at-bats and learn to play in the outfield. Manager Joe Girardi said he expected Peña to be back with the Yankees later in the season.[3] He was recalled to the Yankees on August 7.

Peña was recalled in September, and he hit his first major league home run on September 28, 2009 off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar at Yankee Stadium.[4]

Peña was a member of the Yankees 2009 World Series championship team which defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in 6 games.

Peña was optioned to Triple-A's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to start the 2011 season.[5] On May 6, he was recalled to the majors after Eric Chavez was placed on the disabled list.[6] On July 18, 2011, Peña required an emergency appendectomy.[7]

Ramiro was recalled on July 25, 2012 to replace Alex Rodriguez on the roster after A-Rod sustained a fractured left pinky during a game in Seattle. He was optioned back to Triple-A on August 1, 2012 after the Yankees acquired Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates.[8] He was designated for assignment on September 1.[9]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

After the 2012 season, Peña became a free agent. He signed a one-year contract worth $550,000 with the Atlanta Braves.[10] On June 20, 2013 Peña was placed on the disabled list for right shoulder pain; it was later revealed that he would required right shoulder surgery, ending his season.[11] After the season, Peña signed a one year deal with the Braves, avoiding arbitration.[12] Peña was designated for assignment by the Braves on November 19, 2014.[13] He was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on November 27, 2014.[14] Pena refused the assignment and elected for free agency.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Peña signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres on January 26, 2015.[15] He is currently playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres' Triple-A affiliate.

International career[edit]

Peña was selected to play for the Mexico national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scouting Yankee Prospect #41: Ramiro Peña". Yankees.scout.com. December 14, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hoch, Bryan (April 4, 2009). "Peña edges Berroa for 25th roster spot". MLB.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Yanks Obtain Hinske". Blogs.nypost.com. New York Post. June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | KC@NYY: Pena hits a homer, gets the silent treatment - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia". Mlb.mlb.com. September 28, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Montero and Pena officially sent to Triple-A | The Lohud Yankees Blog". Yankees.lhblogs.com. March 28, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kim Klement (May 6, 2011). "Yankees infielder Eric Chavez lands on 15-day disabled list". Nj.com. US Presswire. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hurt corner: Pena to DL thins options at third". MLB.com. July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Blontz, Blaine. "Yankees Option Ramiro Pena to Triple-A". MLB Daily Dish. 
  9. ^ "Yankees add six, DFA Pena". The Sacramento Bee. 
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 13, 2012). "Braves ink infielder Pena to one-year contract". braves.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bowman, Mark. "Pena set for season-ending shoulder surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (December 2, 2013). "Braves avoid arbitration with Jonny Venters, Ramiro Pena". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 19, 2014). "Top prospect Peraza among Braves' roster additions". MLB.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Braves send INF Ramiro Pena outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.". Rotoworld. November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ Brock, Corey (January 26, 2015). "Valverde, top prospects among Padres' spring invites". MLB.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

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