Tony Peña (pitcher)
Peña with the Arizona Diamondbacks
|York Revolution – No. 45|
January 9, 1982 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|July 18, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||4.43|
He throws a 4-seam and 2-seam fastball, slider, and a changeup. Pena's slider is considered to have above average break, and his 4-seam fastball is better than his stats would indicate, judging by velocity and control.
He made his major league debut on July 18, 2006. As a rookie he went 3–4 with a 5.58 ERA over 30 2⁄3 innings. He struck out 21, while walking eight and giving up six home runs. After boasting a 1.04 ERA in the month of July, Peña struggled in August with a 6.59 ERA and September with a 9.82 ERA. In the last month of the season, he posted two scoreless outings over six appearances.
Peña made the Major League roster out of spring training for the first time in his career in 2007. He made his season debut on April 3 against the Colorado Rockies, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. He earned his first win on April 18, pitching a perfect inning of relief. He finished the month of May going 2–1 with a 1.88 ERA with three holds. Peña picked up his first save of the season on May 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies, second of career. He pitched 12 scoreless innings of relief from June 5 to 28, the longest streak of the season by a D-backs reliever. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 32 career holds and is second on the single-season franchise record list with 30 holds, 5 behind Brandon Lyon. Peña picked up his first Major League hit on May 25 against the Houston Astros, a RBI single to right field.
His 23 holds led the team and tied for fourth in the National League in 2008. His 55 career holds are second only to Brandon Lyon's 62 in team history. He recorded 5 consecutive holds for the second time in his career from April 21 to 30. Peña earned his first save of the season on May 16 against the Detroit Tigers.
Chicago White Sox
He went 1–2 with the Sox in 2009 and a combined 6–5 with two saves, 55 strikeouts and a 3.99 ERA in 72 games.
On May 29, 2011, Peña was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis retroactive to May 28. He would later be transferred to the 60-day DL, where he spent the rest of the season. He was released by the White Sox following the season.
- Farrey, Tom (May 18, 2004). "Boras confirms player used false identity". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
- White Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Tony Pena from Arizona in exchange for Minor League infielder Brandon Allen