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June 29, 2020 03:08 AM
Reds' Francisco Pena: Added to 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season.

He is not on the 40-man roster and was in camp on a minor-league contract, but Pena is now eligible to provide catching depth this season. That said, he is at best fourth on the depth chart, so don't look for him to see much, if any, playing time in 2020.

January 4, 2020 03:56 PM
Reds' Francisco Pena: Signs minor-league contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Saturday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

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.

May 2, 2019 02:12 PM
Giants' Francisco Pena: Sent to San Francisco
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena was traded from the Cardinals to the Giants on Thursday for cash considerations, Maria I. Guardado of reports.

Pena will provide organizational catching depth for the Giants, who recently promoted veteran backstop Stephen Vogt to the big-league roster. The 29-year-old Pena owns a career .216/.249/.311 slash line across parts of five major-league campaigns (86 games). He'll report to Triple-A Sacramento.

March 23, 2019 01:08 AM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Loses out on backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 reports.

Pena has an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to be granted a release in order to sign with another team as Grapefruit League play concludes. Pena had a solid spring at the plate, hitting .278 with a double and three RBI over 18 at-bats. The 29-year-old backstop's agent will now survey the landscape over the coming days to see if there is interest from another big-league club in Pena.

March 17, 2019 01:28 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Still in contention for backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 reports.

The fact Pena returned to action Saturday after an 11-day absence still gives manager Mike Shildt a few games to evaluate him before a final decision, one which the skipper said will be made "within a week." Pena had gone 5-for-14 with three RBI over five Grapefruit League games before his injury, so he'd put together a solid body of work that helped him maintain his candidacy during his absence. Notably, both Pena and Matt Wieters are in the same boat with respect to their contracts -- both have opt-out clauses in their minor-league deals that would allow them to become free agents if they don't make the Opening Day roster.

March 16, 2019 11:00 AM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Checks into lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena (oblique) will start behind the plate and bat fifth Saturday in the Cardinals' Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

The Cardinals' choice to use Pena at catcher rather than as a designated hitter in his first spring action since March 5 implies that he's moved past the left oblique strain that sidelined him for a week and a half. The 29-year-old will face a stiff test in his return with three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer on the bump for Washington.

March 15, 2019 08:20 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Expects to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena (oblique) should return to action for Saturday's spring game against Washington, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

As previously anticipated, the 29-year-old backstop will return to spring games over the weekend after recovering from a left oblique strain. Pena was off to a strong start at the dish prior to suffering the injury, going 5-for-14 with three RBI.

March 12, 2019 02:56 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Could be back by weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena (oblique) could be cleared to return to the Cardinals' Grapefruit League lineup by the end of the week, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Since suffering a side injury in a March 5 game against the Phillies, Pena has been cleared to resume swinging, suggesting his oblique strain is of the mild variety. The injury has nonetheless damaged Pena's already minimal chances of breaking camp with the big club, as non-roster invitee Matt Wieters looks like the clear frontrunner to emerge as the backup to top backstop Yadier Molina.

March 6, 2019 04:52 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Out two weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena will miss 10-to-15 days with an oblique injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Pena suffered the injury during Tuesday's game against the Phillies. A two-week return timeline would still give him a bit of time to get ready for Opening Day, though his chances of breaking camp with the big-league team were reduced when the club signed Matt Wieters in late February.

March 6, 2019 06:28 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Removed with possible side injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena exited Tuesday's game against the Phillies with an apparent side injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Pena was removed after wincing and grabbing his side during an at-bat in the seventh inning. He was promptly replaced by Andrew Knizner behind the dish. Pena should be considered day-to-day until he's further evaluated.

February 26, 2019 06:52 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Drives in two Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Pena struck out in his first at-bat, but responded by producing a double and run-scoring single in his next two trips to the plate. The veteran backstop is expected to compete with Andrew Knizner and Matt Wieters -- who was signed to a minor-league contract Tuesday -- for the team's backup catching gig.

December 27, 2018 01:52 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Back with Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

Pena will return to St. Louis after appearing in 58 games for the Cardinals in 2018. The 29-year-old hit just .203/.239/.271 and doesn't project as anything more than a backup to Yadier Molina in 2019.

November 1, 2018 09:44 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Cast off 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.

Pena appeared in 28 games for the Cardinals in 2018, slashing .203/.239/.271 with two homers and eight RBI. He'll head into spring training without a spot on the 40-man roster.

July 2, 2018 03:28 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Laces two-run single in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in a loss to the Braves on Sunday.

Pena's timely hit in the seventh actually opened the scoring on the afternoon for the Cardinals, giving him his fifth and sixth RBI of the season. The 28-year-old continues to only see occasional starts behind iron man Yadier Molina, so his fantasy value remains extremely limited across all formats.

June 3, 2018 04:40 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Retaining larger share of catching starts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena will be behind the plate and bat eighth Sunday against the Pirates.

Pena was expected to surrender primary catching duties when Carson Kelly was reinstated from the disabled list May 26, but the former has yet to see his opportunities dry up. With Kelly mustering just two hits in 25 at-bats this season, it appears Pena will continue to retain the top spot on the depth chart until Kelly's bat heats up, though Yadier Molina is expected back this week. With an unremarkable .243/.280/.357 season line of his own, Pena hasn't quite done enough to warrant a roster spot outside of NL-only and deep mixed leagues that start two catchers.

May 30, 2018 09:12 AM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Launches second round tripper Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs overall in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old backstop has come on at the plate since mid-May, hitting .324 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and five runs over the 38 plate appearances covering his last 10 games. Pena has been squaring up on the ball impressively during that stretch, as evidenced by a 36.7 percent hard contact rate. Regular catcher Yadier Molina (groin) has just recently begun light workouts in catcher's gear again, but he's still multiple weeks away from a return. Therefore, Pena should continue seeing a fair share of playing time while splitting time behind the dish with Carson Kelly in Molina's stead.

May 24, 2018 12:16 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: RBI double Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Pena has filled in admirably so far for Yadier Molina (groin), who is expected to remain on the shelf for at least the next couple of weeks. With three multi-hit efforts over the last six games, the 28-year-old is hitting .275 in 51 at-bats. He hasn't been adding much in counting stats, though, as he has just one home and two RBI on the season. Notably, Pena suffered a significant knee bruise after being clipped by a foul ball Wednesday, although he was able to finish the game and stated he doesn't expect to miss any time, Sean Collins of reports.

May 19, 2018 02:52 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Day off Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena is out of the lineup versus Philadelphia on Saturday.

Pena will receive a standard day off following three straight starts behind the plate, including a pair of back-to-back three-hit games to begin this series. In his stead, Steve Baron will catch John Gant and bat eighth.

May 6, 2018 04:20 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Picks up start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Cubs, Joe Trezza of reports.

With Yadier Molina (groin) landing on the 10-day disabled list Sunday and expected to miss at least a month, Pena and Triple-A Memphis callup Carson Kelly will battle for playing time behind the plate. Pena will get the first crack at replacing Molina, but the 28-year-old's prior track record at the big-league level doesn't inspire much confidence that he'll emerge as a viable fantasy asset outside of NL-only formats. In 70 career plate appearances in the majors, Pena has slashed .239/.261/.373 while striking out nearly a third of the time.

March 23, 2018 08:12 PM
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Wins spot on roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pena will be the backup catcher on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Joe Trezza of reports.

Pena joined the Cardinals on a minor-league deal in mid-December and turned a solid spring into a spot on the big-league roster. With Yadier Molina firmly entrenched as the starting backstop, Pena may only see a little action every week, but the 28-year-old is next in line were Molina to miss an extended period of time due to injury.

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