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Brayan Peña | Catcher | #33

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 242
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals signed C Brayan Peña to a two-year, $5 million contract.
Peña, who will turn 34 in January, offers the Cards an upgrade over Tony Cruz but doesn't figure to see a ton of playing time unless Yadier Molina gets hurt. He's a career .260/.300/.352 hitter and batted .273/.334/.324 with no home runs over 367 plate appearances for the Reds this past season. Mon, Nov 30, 2015 04:09:00 PM

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Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves have been in touch with free agent catcher Brayan Pena.

Pena was originally signed by the Braves and spent the first four years of his major league career with the club. He turns 34 in January and batted .273/.334/.324 over 367 plate appearances with the Reds this past season. The Braves have already re-signed A.J. Pierzynski, so adding Pena would put Christian Bethancourt's future in question.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Brayan Pena (hamstring) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

Pena hasn't played since September 8 due to a strained right hamstring. He'll bat sixth against right-hander John Lackey.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Brayan Peña (hamstring) did some throwing drills and caught a bullpen session on Monday.

He still needs to run the bases before being cleared to return and it's unclear when that will happen. Peña has been limited to pinch-hitting duty for two weeks because of a strained right hamstring.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 09:04:00 PM

Brayan Pena (hamstring) appeared as pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Brewers, grounding out in his lone at-bat.

He has been sidelined for a week due to an ailing right hamstring, but has made significant progress in recent days and could return to the starting lineup as early as Saturday. Though completely devoid of power, Pena has had a decent season at the dish for the Reds, slashing .281/.343/.332 with no home runs and 17 RBI in 310 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 08:23:00 AM

Brayan Pena (hamstring) crouched and did throwing drills Wednesday.

Pena has been out for a week with a right hamstring strain. The catcher could return to the lineup during the Reds' series against the Brewers this weekend, according to Reds manager Bryan Price.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:38:00 PM

Brayan Peña (hamstring) did some running and took some swings prior to Sunday's game.

He didn't start again Sunday but should be available soon. "Everything was very good. I checked all the boxes today," said Pena.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 01:46:00 PM

Brayan Pena (hamstring) could only be out a couple of days.

Pena left Wednesday's game with a right hamstring injury, but initial results were positive following the game. He'll undergo more tests on Thursday before the picture becomes clearer.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 11:04:00 PM

Brayan Pena left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent hamstring injury.

Pena doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning but pulled up and grabbed his right hamstring while cruising into second base. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ryan LaMarre. More should be known about Pena's injury after the contest.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 09:36:00 PM

Brayan Pena went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Reds walked off winners against the Braves on Tuesday.

Pena has four consecutive multi-hit games and is now batting .356/.429/.411. He's gotten most of the starts behind the plate with Devin Mesoraco dealing with a hip impingement. Pena should continue to get playing time as long as he's hitting like this.
Tue, May 12, 2015 10:34:00 PM

Brayan Peña (shoulder) went 1-for-4 with a single Monday against the Cubs.

Peña left Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a left shoulder injury after an awkward slide into first base. He probably would have had the night off Monday, but the Reds needed him with Devin Mesoraco (hip) sidelined. Either way, it sounds like he's fine.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 09:00:00 AM

Brayan Peña left Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a left shoulder injury.

Pena fell awkwardly into first base as he got caught in between whether to run or slide through the base as he beat out a bunt. He immediately grabbed his shoulder in pain before being removed for a pinch-runner. The Reds should update his status later Sunday.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 03:14:00 PM

Brayan Pena went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Reds skated to a 12-4 victory against the D'Backs on Thursday.

Pena brought in a run with a ground out in the first inning, singled in a run in the fifth, and singled in another run in the sixth. Pena, with a career .650 OPS, will serve as the understudy to Devin Mesoraco behind the plate for the Reds this season.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 08:19:00 PM

Brayan Peña is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Pena had to be scratched Thursday because he was battling an ear infection. He's catching Friday, which means Devin Mesoraco (who was originally supposed to get a day off Thursday) is on the bench.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Brayan Pena had to be scratched from the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday due to illness.

Pena was set to catch Johnny Cueto with Devin Mesoraco taking a day off, but Mesoraco will now suit up. Pena should be ready to go on Friday. He's been seeing semi-regular starts at both catcher and first base.
Source: MLBlogs
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Anthony Garcia
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Carlos Peguero
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Mike Leake
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Tyler Lyons
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Seung-Hwan Oh
3Kevin Siegrist
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Sam Tuivailala
8Miguel Socolovich
9Mitch Harris
10Jayson Aquino
11Matt Bowman
12Juan Gonzalez
13Dean Kiekhefer