Francisco Pena
Francisco Pena
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Francisco Pena in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in January of 2020.
Signs minor-league contract
CCincinnati Reds  NRI
January 4, 2020
Pena signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Saturday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Pena failed to reach the majors in 2019 after making brief appearances in the big leagues over the four prior seasons. The 30-year-old spent time at the Triple-A level for the Cardinals and Giants, where he hit .290/.327/.547 with 17 home runs over 74 games. Given his past major-league experience, Pena will likely serve as a non-roster invitee during spring training.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+601%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .434 46 2 1 2 1 .143 .196 .238
Since 2017vs Right .649 106 11 3 8 0 .257 .283 .366
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .408 39 1 1 2 1 .114 .179 .229
2018vs Right .548 103 9 1 6 0 .235 .262 .286
2017vs Left .571 7 1 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286
2017vs Right 4.000 3 2 2 2 0 1.000 1.000 3.000
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Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
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+16%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+150%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .579 81 7 1 4 0 .244 .272 .308
Since 2017Away .593 71 6 3 6 1 .200 .239 .354
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .545 75 6 1 4 0 .222 .253 .292
2018Away .470 67 4 1 4 1 .180 .224 .246
2017Home 1.000 6 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2017Away 2.500 4 2 2 2 0 .500 .500 2.000
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Francisco Pena
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June 4, 2017
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pena, who had spent the past nine seasons climbing through the minor league ranks, did not figure to see much major league action entering the 2016 season. That was until an injury to the team's backup catcher, Caleb Joseph, opened up a spot on the Orioles' roster. Pena was soon called up to serve as Matt Wieters' backup in Joseph's absence. He saw action in 14 games and certainly did not make the most of his opportunity, posting a .200 average and a grotesque 32.6 percent strikeout rate in his 43 plate appearances. Though it was a small a sample size, his 33 wRC+ was the second worst mark of any of the team's position players. Following the signing of Welington Castillo to take over as the everyday catcher and Wieters' departure in free agency, Joseph should retain the backup duties while Pena lingers at Triple-A as organizational depth. This forecast was further promoted following Pena's designation for assignment in February.
Pena was called up the Royals on September first as one of Kansas City's roster-expansion callups. He came in as the third catcher behind Salvador Perez and Drew Butera. He earned the callup after posting a .251/.305/.430 slash line with 13 home runs over 95 games for the Storm Chasers. Pena appeared in eight games and had just one single in seven plate appearances. The 26-year-old catcher has the ability to hit for power and drive in runs, but there is a good chance that Pena will start the 2016 season in the minors after he was traded to Baltimore.
Pena had a strong season from a power standpoint for Triple-A Omaha in 2014, belting 27 four-baggers, which led to an impressive .275 isolated power mark. For his efforts, he was rewarded with his first taste of big league action as one of Kansas City's September callups, but was ultimately buried behind Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz. A similar siuation faces Pena in the 2015 season, as he'll likely need an injury above him on the depth chart if he's going to see the big leagues prior to September, and even in that case, the 25-year-old would likely still be the backup. Barring a major roster shakeup, Pena is likely once again in line to serve as organizational depth at the Triple-A level this upcoming season.
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Sent to San Francisco
CSan Francisco Giants  NRI
May 2, 2019
Pena was traded from the Cardinals to the Giants on Thursday for cash considerations, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Loses out on backup job
CSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
March 22, 2019
Pena lost the backup catcher job battle to Matt Wieters and can now either accept an assignment to Triple-A Memphis or sign with another team, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Still in contention for backup role
CSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
March 16, 2019
Pena (oblique), who went 0-for-3 and threw out a runner in his return to the lineup against the Nationals on Saturday, remains in contention for the backup catcher role, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
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Checks into lineup
CSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
March 16, 2019
Pena (oblique) will start behind the plate and bat fifth Saturday in the Cardinals' Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
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Expects to play Saturday
CSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
Oblique
March 15, 2019
Pena (oblique) should return to action for Saturday's spring game against Washington, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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