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29 Brayan Pena C
Height/Weight: 5-9/242 | Birthdate: 1/7/1982 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $875,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Devin Mesoraco out of Reds lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the Reds' lineup for Saturday's game at St. Louis. 

Mesoraco was questionable with a hip injury. Brayan Pena will start in his place, batting seventh and catching. 


Reds' Brayan Pena (shoulder) back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena is in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

Pena left Sunday's game due to a shoulder injury after falling awkwardly at first base, finishing Sunday 2 for 3 at the plate. He was replaced by Kris Negron, who is also in Monday's lineup, batting leadoff and playing center field. Regular leadoff man Billy Hamilton is out of the lineup against the Cubs.

The Reds are underdogs (+121) against the Cubs Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Brayan Pena leaves game with shoulder injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena left Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to a shoulder injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Pena fell akwardly at first base when beating out a bunt in the fourth inning. It appeared Pena got caught between trying to slide or not on the play. He was taken out of the game and replaced by pinch-runner Kris Negron. 

Pena said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer, he's expecting to be fine

"I shouldn't slide. What am I doing? That's what happens when you're not Billy Hamilton, you don't know what to do," Pena said. "I just tried to get on base because I was trying to hustle down and I need to work on my sliding. Hopefully I'll be OK, (Monday) will be big for me because it depends on how I wake up. I was very excited when the doctor gave me the news that it wasn't anything major or serious. I saw I landed very awkwardly, I'm not a 200-pound guy, I'm 240-plus. I'll be fine."

Pena went 2 for 3 in the game. 


Reds' Devin Mesoraco not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Brayan Pena will draw the start behind the plate and bat seventh. Mesoraco is just 2 for 20 in his first five games of the season.

The Reds are underdogs (+105) against the Cardinals Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Devin Mesoraco in, Brayan Pena out of Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Reds have altered their lineup to include catcher Devin Mesoraco. Brayan Pena has been scratched with an illness.

Brayan Pena grabbing some pine against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) A massive slump has Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena out of the lineup Wednesday night against the visiting Cubs. Todd Frazier is set to play first with Kris Negron at third.

Pena has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. His .374 slugging percentage is at its lowest point since June 28.


Brayan Pena starts two straight games after missing two


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena started a second straight game at first base Wednesday against the Red Sox after missing two straight starts due to a hamstring injury. Pena was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, but he is batting .338 with a .477 slugging percentage, .835 OPS, two home runs, three doubles and five RBI in his last 19 games.

Brayan Pena not able to go


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/10/2014) Reds catcher Brayan Pena, who left Friday's game with a tight left hamstring, remained out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. Pena has hit safely in the last 13 games he's played.

Brayan Pena exits game Friday with tight hamstring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Reds first baseman Brayan Pena was removed from Friday's game with a tight left hamstring, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Pena was was having trouble moving around after collecting a single and extending his hitting streak to 12 games, and the team decided to remove him for precautionary reasons. Pena has hit .274/.305/.401 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 252 at-bats.


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 | Senior Analyst
(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.