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Tony Pena Jr. | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/23/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Royals signed RHP Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract.
Yes, that Tony Pena. Now 36, Pena has been pitching since he flamed out as a utility infielder in 2009. The last time he pitched with a major league organization was at Triple-A Charlotte for the White Sox' organization in 2013, as he's been pitching only in winter ball and the Mexican League since then. Obviously, it's a huge long shot that he sees the big leagues again, but good for him for not giving up. Fri, Jun 9, 2017 10:21:00 AM

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White Sox signed RHP Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract.

The former shortstop posted a 4.75 ERA with 62 strikeouts over 91 innings for the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in 2012. Pena led the Dominican Winter League with 11.4 K/9 rate.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 09:35:00 AM

Red Sox re-signed RHP Tony Pena, Jr. to a minor league contract.

The contract also includes an invite to spring training. Pena, a converted infielder, posted a 3.56 ERA and 65/36 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings this season as a starter and reliever with Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll earn $625,000 if he makes the big league roster.
Tue, Nov 29, 2011 04:01:00 PM

Converted shortstop Tony Pena Jr. got the start for the Red Sox on Monday and allowed one run over three innings in Boston's 3-2 defeat of Toronto.

Pena, who was long ago assigned to minor league camp, has allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings in his first spring with the Red Sox. He has the arm strength to surface as a big-league reliever someday, but it probably won't happen this year.
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 04:29:00 PM

Both Tony Pena Jr. and Brandon Duckworth recently had MRIs on their pitching shoulders that came back clean.

Both had been shut down for a day after complaining of soreness, but it appears it's nothing to worry about. "We just wanted to make sure they were able to throw without risk,’’ manager Terry Francona said. Both Pena and Duckworth are extreme longshots to make the opening day roster.
Thu, Feb 17, 2011 08:45:00 AM

Red Sox signed RHP Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract.

He'll also get an invite to spring training. Pena, a former shortstop with Atlanta and Kansas City, converted to a pitcher during the 2009 season. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 3.76 ERA and 80/35 K/BB ratio over 95 2/3 innings as a reliever in the minor leagues. He struggled at the Triple-A level in the Giants organization last season, posting a 6.60 ERA and 21/14 K/BB ratio over 30 innings.
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 12:10:00 PM

Giants signed RHP Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract.

Pena switched from shortstop to reliever midway through the 2009 season. He had some success, posting a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings between Single-A and Triple-A and fanning 18 batters against just six walks. He is 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA in 17 relief outings in the Dominican Winter League.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 09:14:00 AM

The Royals will try to re-sign free agent Tony Pena Jr. this offseason, but only if he's willing to continue his career as a pitcher.

Pena made the switch from shortstop to reliever after he was designated for assignment by the Royals on July 16. He posted a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings between Single-A and Triple-A, fanning 18 against just six walks. "We think he has some potential as a pitcher," Royals GM Dayton Moore said Tuesday.
Wed, Oct 28, 2009 08:43:00 AM

Tony Pena Jr. threw a bullpen session Friday for Royals pitching coach Bob McClure and will head to Arizona to work off the mound.

Pena, who was dropped from Kansas City's roster 10 days ago, could work his way back to the majors as a reliever. "We're looking at the possibility of converting him, if all goes well as far as how his arm reacts," manager Trey Hillman said. "We'll get him off to Arizona, start taking a look at him on the mound and see how that goes. My preference would be to see him in a bullpen situation just because of his touch and feel with throwing a baseball and because of his arm strength. I would say he's probably a setup candidate." He's also probably an injury candidate, but if he survives the transition, perhaps he could be an interesting relief option in a year or two. His arm strength isn't in question.
Sun, Jul 26, 2009 03:08:00 PM

Royals designated infielder Tony Pena Jr. for assignment.

Pena, now 28, was a massive disappointment during his three years with the Royals and was off to his worst start yet this season. The shortstop will leave behind a .098 /.132/.118 batting line, no home runs and two RBI. He mustered those fine stats in 51 at-bats.
Thu, Jul 16, 2009 06:16:00 PM

Royals activated infielder Tony Pena Jr. from the 15-day disabled list.

Pena is in the Royals' starting lineup on Tuesday, but should not be anywhere close to fantasy rosters. He had a dreadful 398 OPS in 225 at-bats last season and started this season 0-for-11 before going down with a broken hand.
Tue, Jun 2, 2009 04:20:00 PM

Tony Pena Jr. underwent successful surgery Tuesday on his broken hand.

Pena is expected to miss four to six weeks. He was 0-for-11 as a utility infielder for the Royals before fracturing his left hamate bone last Saturday.
Wed, May 6, 2009 12:13:00 PM

Tony Pena Jr. will have surgery on his broken hand and will be out for four-to-eight weeks.

He won't be missed much as the utility infielder was 0-for-11 this season prior to the injury.
Mon, May 4, 2009 09:31:00 PM

Royals placed shortstop Tony Pena Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hamate bone.

It would explain a lot of it turned out that Pena was playing with a fractured hamate bone for the last year and a half now. We're guessing that's not the case, though. He was 0-for-11 to begin this season, and the Royals are better off withou him.
Sun, May 3, 2009 01:32:00 PM

Manager Trey Hillman confirmed Friday that Tony Pena Jr. has made the final roster.

Pena hit .269/.321/.423 this spring, which qualifies as a major improvement on his sub-Mendoza numbers from last season. Just don't expect it to last. Ryan Shealy cleared waivers and is headed to Triple-A, with the final roster spot coming down to Brayan Pena, Mitch Maier, or Shane Costa.
Fri, Apr 3, 2009 07:59:00 PM

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