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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%: 11/8 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Brayan Pena out of lineup Wednesday for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Versatile Brayan Pena usually finds himself somewhere in the Reds lineup, but not Wednesday in Kansas City despite the availability of the designated hitter.

Perhaps that is due to a mini-slump in which he has three hits in his last 17 at-bats covering five games. Pena has otherwise hit this season to the tune of a .322/.398/.367 slash line.

Though his average has soared, his production has been poor. He has no home runs and just four RBI in 90 at-bats.


Reds' Brayan Pena batting second Sunday, Mesoraco still out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena is batting second in Sunday's game against the Giants as Devin Mesoraco remains out of the lineup.

It's the first time this season Pena has hit higher than sixth, and most of his starts have come while batting seventh or eighth. However, manager Bryan Price is looking to stack the top of the lineup with players who have higher OBPs, resulting in center fielder Billy Hamilton being moved down to the eighth spot and shortstop Zack Cozart remaining in the leadoff spot for a second straight day.

Pena has hit .341/.415/.390 with four RBI in 82 at-bats. The Reds are slight favorites (-108) at home Sunday.


Brayan Pena's two hits, RBI lead Reds to win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena went 2 for 4 and drove in a run in Thursday's win over San Francisco. 

Pena increased his average to .354 and drove in his fourth run of the year. 


Reds C Bryan Pena out, Tucker Barnhart in lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena was given the day off and held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates. Pena had started each of the last four games for Cincinnati, and has been hitting fairly well recently. Over his last eight games, the veteran catcher is hitting .269 (7 for 26) with three doubles.

Tucker Barnhart made his fifth start of the year behind the dish, batting eighth for manager Bryan Price. 


Reds' Brandon Phillips, Brayan Pena return to lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) After missing Thursday's game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will return to the lineup to face the Braves on Friday. 

Phillips was a late scratch Thursday due to an illness as he was originally slated to play before being taken out. It was never anything considered serious. Phillips will hit sixth.

After getting the day off on Thursday, catcher Brayan Pena returns to the lineup and will hit eighth. 


Reds C Brayan Pena sits again in favor or Tucker Barnhart


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena is giving way to his backup Thursday night for the second straight game.

Pena, who has been behind the plate with Devin Mesoraco on the mend, is set to sit in Atlanta. Tucker Barnhart is in the lineup instead.

An 0-for-2 performance Tuesday ended a six-game hitting streak for Pena.


C Brayan Pena remains in Reds starting lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Brayan Pena continues to play behind the plate for the Reds as No. 1 catcher Devin Mesoraco deals with a hip impingement that has kept him from starting since April 12. Pena will start for the Reds on Monday against the Brewers and hit eighth.

Most of the Reds have limited experience against Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson, but Pena is one of the few with multiple hits against the pitcher, going 2-for-6 against him. Billy Hamilton is the only other Reds starter with more than one hit against Nelson, with a 2-for-5 mark. 


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip), Jay Bruce out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco and right fielder Jay Bruce are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

Mesoraco has seen just two plate appearances as a pinch-hitter in the last two weeks as he continues to deal with left hip impingement. Brayan Pena gets the call behind the plate and will bat eighth.

"Unless we get into a situation where we feel we need a player that can do more than solely pinch-hit, he'll continue to do his rehab in preparation to get back behind the plate," manager Bryan Price said Sunday, per MLB.com. "It will still be a few more days before we kick the tires on Devin getting down into the crouch and doing some catching work. At this point in time, he can still contribute as an offensive player. In the big picture, he replaced Chris Dominguez, and Chris was getting some limited opportunities to play as a pinch-hitter, but it can be a very valuable role."

Bruce has started each of the team's first 17 games in right field but will get his first break of the season Sunday. With Bruce on the bench, first baseman Joey Votto is the only player on the team to have started every gamethis season. Brennan Boesch will man right field and bat fifth in the team's matchup against righty Jake Arrieta.

The Reds are home underdogs (+105) Sunday.


Reds keep Devin Mesoraco (hip) out of lineup again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Cubs, per MLB.com. Mesoraco has been out of the starting lineup since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, but made a pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is hoping to catch a bullpen in the next few days, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Brayan Pena batted seventh in his place again.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+100) at home against Chicago, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds C Devin Mesoraco sits out again on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday night against Milwaukee, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mesoraco has been out of the starting lineup since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, but made a pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday against Milwaukee. He told reporters on Tuesday that his playing status moving forward would be up to the team's medical staff.

"Hitting's not like riding a bike, but it's not like you have to re-learn how to swing a bat," Reds manager Bryan Price said to MLB.com. "It's timing more than anything, and it's impossible to simulate what it's like to face Major League pitching when you're not playing. I was impressed by the at-bat for sure. He was on time, and I'm sure he'd love to be in there.

Brayan Pena will bat seventh in his place on Wednesday.


Reds catcher Brayan Pena picks up an RBI Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena went 2 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 16-10 win over the Brewers Tuesday. Pena did his damage in the fifth inning when he singled to center field off pitcher Tyler Thornburg, driving home Jay Bruce.

Pena, filling in for the injured Devin Mesoraco, has posted a .296/.375/.296 slash line in 27 at-bats this season. 


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.