Tony Peña (pitcher)

Ramon Antonio Peña (born January 9, 1982), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

He throws a 4-seam and 2-seam fastball, slider, and a changeup. Pena's slider is considered to have above average break, and his 4-seam fastball is better than his stats would indicate, judging by velocity and control.

Ramon Peña
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Peña with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Relief pitcher
Born: January 9, 1982 (age 37)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 2011, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record23–19
Earned run average4.43
Strikeouts264
Teams

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

Peña was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an undrafted free agent on June 13, 2002. Peña played under the identity of his nephew Adriano Rosario in his first two seasons of Double-A baseball.[1]

He made his major league debut on July 18, 2006. As a rookie, he went 3–4 with a 5.58 ERA over 30 ​23 innings. He struck out 21, while walking eight and giving up six home runs. After boasting a 1.04 ERA in the month of July, Peña struggled in August with a 6.59 ERA and September with a 9.82 ERA. In the last month of the season, he posted two scoreless outings over six appearances.

Peña made the Major League roster out of spring training for the first time in his career in 2007. He made his season debut on April 3 against the Colorado Rockies, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. He earned his first win on April 18, pitching a perfect inning of relief. He finished the month of May going 2–1 with a 1.88 ERA with three holds. Peña picked up his first save of the season on May 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies, second of career. He pitched 12 scoreless innings of relief from June 5 to 28, the longest streak of the season by a D-backs reliever. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 32 career holds and is second on the single-season franchise record list with 30 holds, 5 behind Brandon Lyon. Peña picked up his first Major League hit on May 25 against the Houston Astros, a RBI single to right field.

His 23 holds led the team and tied for fourth in the National League in 2008. His 55 career holds are second only to Brandon Lyon's 62 in team history. He recorded 5 consecutive holds for the second time in his career from April 21 to 30. Peña earned his first save of the season on May 16 against the Detroit Tigers.

Chicago White Sox

On July 7, 2009 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Brandon Allen.[2]

He went 1–2 with the Sox in 2009 and a combined 6–5 with two saves, 55 strikeouts and a 3.99 ERA in 72 games.

On May 29, 2011, Peña was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis retroactive to May 28.[3] He would later be transferred to the 60-day DL, where he spent the rest of the season. He was released by the White Sox following the season.

York Revolution

He became a free agent from the York Revolution after the 2016 season.

References

  1. ^ Farrey, Tom (May 18, 2004). "Boras confirms player used false identity". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  2. ^ White Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Tony Pena from Arizona in exchange for Minor League infielder Brandon Allen Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [1]

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Chicago White Sox all-time roster

The following is a list of players and managers (*), both past and current, who appeared at least in one regular season game for the Chicago White Sox franchise.

Players in Bold are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Players in Italics have had their numbers retired by the team.

List of people with surname Peña

This is a list of persons with the surname Peña.

Tony Peña (disambiguation)

Tony Peña is a former catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and coach for the New York Yankees.

Tony Peña may also refer to:

Tony Peña, Jr. (born 1981), his son, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox

Tony Peña (pitcher) (born 1982), pitcher for the Chicago White Sox

Villano IV, professional wrestler who used the ringname Tony Pena briefly in World Championship Wrestling

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