JHONSON PENA, THIRD BASEMAN
Born: August 3, 2002
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 155
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Pirates signed Pena as a shortstop, but he’s played mainly third and second so far.  He was expected to bring good contact skills but not necessarily much power.

2020
DNP

2021
DSL:  321/463/359, 53 AB, 2 2B, 10 BB, 10 K, 7-8 SB

Pena made a brief debut, playing mostly third but a little at second.  He hit very well, with great plate discipline but no power.

2022
DSL:  248/415/376, 101 AB, 2 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 27 BB, 30 K, 7-9 SB

The Pirates sent Pena back to the DSL and he didn’t hit as well as in 2021, but he showed more power and continued to draw walks in huge numbers.  He played third, second and the outfield.

Pena has done fairly well in his first couple seasons, but it’s best not to get carried away by a hitter whose main skill so far has been drawing walks.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
September 13, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.

 

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