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Francisco Pena | Catcher | #27

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals signed C Francisco Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Pena will be one of the catchers at Triple-A Memphis in 2018. The 28-year-old hit .278/.309/.450 with six homers and 18 RBI in 51 games for the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles in 2017. Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:19:00 PM

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Francisco Pena has elected free agency.

The 27-year-old backstop spent most of the season at Triple-A Norfolk, where he slashed .278/.309/.450 with six homers and 18 RBI in 51 games. He'll explore his options elsewhere on what is certain to be a minor league contract.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 12:03:00 PM

Orioles sent C Francisco Pena outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Pena was designated for assignment June 10 for the third time in 2017, and for the third time in 2017 he passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old catcher is a .246/.271/.404 career hitter in 60 plate appearances at the major league level.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Orioles designated C Francisco Peña for assignment.

The move opens a roster spot for Welington Castillo, who is ready to return from the disabled list. Peña saw only three at-bats during this most recent stay at the major league level. He'll probably clear waivers again.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 03:19:00 PM

Orioles recalled C Francisco Pena from Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles needed additional catching depth after Welington Castillo was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury earlier on Wednesday. Caleb Joseph will likely see the majority of starting at-bats until Castillo is healthy enough to make his return.
Wed, May 31, 2017 07:09:00 PM

Orioles sent C Francisco Peña outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Peña cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old has appeared in 17 games with the Orioles over the past two seasons and will continue to provide depth behind the plate in the minors.
Tue, May 23, 2017 01:31:00 PM

Orioles designated C Francisco Peña for assignment.

Peña was 4-for-7 with two home runs in three games for Baltimore, but he got the boot Wednesday with Welington Castillo (shoulder) back from the disabled list. The 27-year-old catcher will likely draw some interest on waivers.
Wed, May 17, 2017 03:55:00 PM

Francisco Pena hit a pair of home runs in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

There was some question over whether the 27-year-old would even be available for the game after missing four straight contests with a thumb injury, so nobody had him coming back to hit two homers in his return. The homers were the second and third of his major league career. Despite Saturday's game to remember, Pena will likely be shuttled back to Triple-A Norfolk when Welington Castillo returns from the disabled list, likely soon.
Sat, May 13, 2017 11:09:00 PM

Francisco Pena was forced to leave Sunday's game against the White Sox due to an injured thumb.

Pena suffered the injury while catching warm-up pitches in between innings. He had been 2-for-3 with a run scored on the afternoon before departing. Expect an update on his status after the game.
Sun, May 7, 2017 04:14:00 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of C Francisco Peña from Triple-A Norfolk.

He'll back up Caleb Joseph at catcher with Welington Castillo (shoulder) landing on the disabled list Tuesday. Peña is a weak .239/.289/.379 career hitter in the minors.
Tue, May 2, 2017 05:50:00 PM

Orioles re-assigned Cs Francisco Peña and Audry Perez to minor league camp.

Peña and Perez were merely extra backstops to throw to this spring. They'll represent depth in the minors.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 05:12:00 PM

Orioles sent C Francisco Peña outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Peña cleared waivers after being designated for assignment late last week. He'll remain in camp as catching depth.
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 01:59:00 PM

Orioles designated C Francisco Peña for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gabriel Ynoa. Peña, 27, has seen spot duty in the majors the last three seasons, hitting just .191/.224/.255.
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Orioles recalled C Francisco Peña from Triple-A Norfolk.

Peña will give the Orioles another catcher while Matt Wieters is on paternity leave. He's hit .212/.257/.303 in 10 games with the big club this season.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Orioles optioned C Francisco Pena to Triple-A Norfolk.

He's no longer needed now that backup catcher Caleb Joseph is back after missing a month with a groin injury. Pena hit .219 with one homer and three RBI during his nine-game stint with Baltimore. He'll be called up again the next time an Orioles catcher gets hurt.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 09:41:00 PM

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2Jose Martinez
3Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
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SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
3Oscar Mercado
RF1Dexter Fowler
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2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
8John Gant
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2Tyler Lyons
3John Brebbia
4Brett Cecil
5Matt Bowman
6Dominic Leone
7Bud Norris
8Ryan Sherriff
9Sam Tuivailala
10Joshua Lucas
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12Preston Guilmet
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