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29 Brayan Pena C
Height/Weight: 5-9/228 | Birthdate: 1/7/1982 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $875,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/4 | Average Draft Position: 395.00
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Brayan Pena goes yard twice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Reds first baseman Brayan Pena belted two home runs Friday against the Yankees.

Pena's first home run came in the third inning. He homered on the first pitch he saw from David Phelps during the at-bat. His second blast came in the seventh inning. Pena worked a six-pitch at-bat against Phelps, homering on an 82 mph changeup. 

Pena finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Brayan Pena able to start Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Reds catcher Brayan Pena is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, his first start in a week.

Pena missed time both while on the paternity leave list and due to a forearm injury. However, he did appear in Tuesday's game against the Cubs as a pinch-hitter. 


Brayan Pena sidelined with forearm injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Reds catcher Brayan Pena said Tuesday he is dealing with tenderness in his right forearm, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. However, he added the injury is improving.

Brayan Pena returns from paternity leave


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Reds catcher Brayan Pena was activated from the paternity leave list Tuesday, taking the roster spot vacated by Joey Votto's placement on the disabled list.

Pena could see some time at first base with Votto's injury. He has already started 13 games there this season, a career-high number.  


Brayan Pena to paternity list, Tucker Barnhart recalled


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) The Reds placed catcher Brayan Pena on the paternity list and recalled catcher Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville. Barnhart went 3 for 28 (.107) in a previous major-league stint this year.

Brayan Pena scratched Saturday, a 'little banged up'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Reds catcher Brayan Pena was expected to start Saturday's game against the Brewers, but was scratched just before first pitch, however.

Manager Bryan Price told MLB.com Pena is a "little banded up," but said the reserve is available off the bench if needed. Pena could start Sunday instead.  


Reds have options at 1B if Joey Votto lands on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Reds manager Bryan Price explained Sunday the playing time situation at first base should Joey Votto need to miss extended time due to a left quadriceps strain. Brayan Pena and Neftali Soto are currently sharing first-base responsibilites with Votto sidelined.

"Brayan will probably play first base two times and catch one," Price said, per MLB.com. "Under different circumstances, he'd be playing first base [Saturday] and today, but we've got to see what Nefi can provide us against these left-handed starters.

"The thing about having Brayan in the lineup when he's playing first base is we have that opportunity, if we had to, to put him behind the plate and Nefi over at first. Or put [Todd] Frazier at first and [Ramon] Santiago at third. I don't feel like I'm in a bind at all. We basically still have three catchers on the roster, counting Nefi. I'm confident in a pinch that Neftali can go back there and catch and throw and call a reasonable game. He's working on it."


Brayan Pena getting the start at first Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Reds catcher Brayan Pena will get the nod at first base Friday.

Pena will fill in for Joey Votto, who stayed in Cincinnati in order to get his knee checked out. The team can go with a number of options at first, but will test Pena out for now. He's hitting .282 in 78 at-bats. It is Pena's first career start at first base.


Reds sitting several starters in Thursday nightcap


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Reds are resting several starters in the second game of their Thursday doubleheader. Among them are shortstop Zack Cozart, who had a key two-run single in the opener, catcher Brayan Pena and outfielder Ryan Ludwick.

Brayan Pena picking up where injured starter left off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena continues to shine in the absence of starter Devin Mesoraco. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and is 10 for 27 during that stretch.

Pena, who has homered thrice and driven in six in the last in his last six games, owns an impressive slugging percentage of .532. He has combined with Mesoraco this season for 42 hits in 109 at-bats.


Brayan Pena set to sit Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Reds starting catcher Brayan Pena is out of the lineup for the Thursday night game against Milwaukee. Tucker Barnhart is set to replace him.

Pena has four hits in his last 11 at-bats and hit his first home run of the season Wednesday.


Brayan Pena provides rare power


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) The Reds got a bit of a lift from an unlikely source Wednesday, though it ultimately wasn't enough in a 9-4 loss to the Cubs.

Catcher Brayan Pena put the Reds up early with a second-inning solo home run, his first of the season. That was all he would manage, as he finished the game 1 for 3 with one run scored and one driven in.

Pena is performing well overall this season, as he is now hitting .304/.360/.457 in 46 at-bats. 


Bryan Price: We will not platoon catchers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) Bryan Price has shot down any speculation that he will use a platoon at catcher in 2014. Devin Mesoraco is his starter. Price even ended talk that Brayan Pena could work with particular pitchers. But he added that Pena will receive playing time with the Reds to take advantage of his bat.

"I don't want to get into the setting 'Mesoraco is going to catch these three guys or four guys and Brayan is going catch these one or two,'" Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Because I think there are going to be certain times when a matchup is going to be in our favor having Brayan back there as an offensive weapon."

The difference offensive was certainly striking last year, when Mesoraco batted a career-high .239 and Pena hit .297.


Brayan Pena signs with Reds


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Free-agent catcher Brayan Pena has signed a two-year deal with the Reds, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Pena had hoped to return to the Tigers during the offseason, but the team was not interested in a reunion. Pena hit .297/.315/.397 in 229 at-bats. 


Eight Tigers file for free agency


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit and second baseman Omar Infante, who were not extended qualifying offers, and relief pitcher Jose Veras, who had his team option declined, the Tigers have had several players file for free agency, including shortstop Jhonny Peralta, catcher Brayan Pena, infielder Ramon Santiago, relief pitcher Octavio Dotel and relief pitcher Jeremy Bonderman.

The Tigers are not expected to be in the running for Peralta or Pena.


Brayan Pena told he won't be back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena has been informed that he won't be back with the club next season, according to mlive.com.

Pena was set to be a free-agent after the season, but had expressed his desire to return to Detroit. Pena hit .297/.315/.397 in 229. He's now free to sign with any team once free agency begins.


Brayan Pena makes return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena was able to catch all of Saturday's game against the Mets, after having to sit out the previous three games with a toe injury.

Pena went 1 for 4 while catching all nine innings. He scored a run and struck out once, in a 3-0 win. 


Brayan Pena returns from toe injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena was back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Mets, after being relegated to the bench for the team's previous three games due to a toe injury. Pena is batting seventh and starting behind the plate. 

Brayan Pena day to day with toe injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena might not be able to play Wednesday against the Twins, after he fouled a ball of his right big toe in his final at-bat Tuesday. 

Pena was forced to leave the game as a result of the injury, and though X-rays came back negative, he told MLive.com he may need to have it drained Wednesday. 

"It's still stinging a bit," he said. "It was very painful. Every time I was trying to land, it was very painful."

He remained in the game to finish off his at-bat after fouling the ball off his foot on the third pitch of the at-bat. He singled up the middle two pitches later, but had to be replaced by a pinch-runner at first base. 


Brayan Pena earns ejection


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena was tossed from Saturday's game against the Royals, after arguing with a call by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.

Pena tried to argue a pitch that was ruled a wild pitch, insisting that it actually made contact with Alcides Escobar's bat. Chris Getz was able to advance from first to third as a result of the blown call, causing Pena to argue the call and earn his ejection.

Pena was 0 for 2 in the game prior to his ejection. 


Brayan Pena with three-hit game in loss


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena had a three-hit game Tuesday during an extra-inning game in Chicago. Pena finished 3 for 5 with an RBI.

Pena drove in his 20th run with a ground out in the sixth inning. He's batting .302 on the season for the Tigers. Alex Avila is on the disabled list.

Pena has hit in four straight games and has gone 9 for 17 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI over that stretch.

Brayan Pena collects three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena picked up three hits Wednesday against the Indians.

Pena singled three times, but did not drive in or score any runs. With the strong game, he was able to raise his average to .286. 


Brayan Pena batting eighth


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena will receive the majority of the playing time behind the plate with Alex Avila on the disabled list, but he won't be expected to do much offensively.

Pena will hit eighth for the Tigers Tuesday against the Orioles. Pena is hitting .283/.309/.391 in 92 at-bats. He'll take on Zach Britton. 


Brayan Pena worth an add in deeper leagues


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2013) With Tigers catcher Alex Avila being sent to the DL Monday, Brayan Pena will likely see most of the time behind home plate for at least the next two weeks. Pena, 31, is htting a career-best .295 this season, with two home runs and a .732 OPS (also a career high) in 88 at-bats. 

Pena will not hit for power or steal bases. But the regular playing time could get him in a rhythm that leads to a better average, as he had a .303 average over nine seasons in the minors).

Fantasy players in two-catcher Roto leagues should consider Pena for the counting stat and won't-hurt-your-team batting average potential. He's probably not rosterable in anything shallower than a 14-team format, though. 


Brayan Pena thriving with more playing time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2013) Tigers catcher Brayan Pena has seen his playing time rise since he's hitting and starter Alex Avila is not. Pena started for the fourth time in six games Saturday against the Twins and produced his third three-hit game during a six-game hitting streak.

Pena has been hitting well for most of May. In his last nine games (seven starts), he's batting .441 (15 for 34) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI.

"He knows his role and knows his situation," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, per MLive.com. "He’s just here to contribute. We thought it was a good pickup for us, and certainly it has been. He’s done a good job."

Pena is grateful for the opportunity to contribute

"Every time I get the opportunity to go out there, I'm just trying to take advantage," Pena said. "I'm just trying to help my team to win and never taking anything or granted. Just go out there and battle and fight to show appreciation for what the skipper is doing, giving me a chance to go out there. I don't want to let him down. I don't want to let the team down."