Jeremy Peña is only 22 years old and is a graduate from the University of Maine. He’s the son of a big league veteran, Geronimo Peña, who played in the MLB for six years. During spring training, Peña played with the Astros major league camp. During spring training, utility man Aledmys Díaz took Peña under his wing. What all Astros fans are wondering is if he is our future short stop?
By The Numbers:
In 2018, as a junior, Peña started 54 games, slashing .308/.393/.469 with five home runs, 28 RBIs, and ten stolen bases. He earned American East Second-Team honors as well. After the season, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the third round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.
Peña signed with Houston and made his professional debut with the Tri-City ValleyCats. There, Peña batted .250 with one home run and ten RBIs over 36 games, earning New York-Penn League All-Star honors. In 2019, Peña began the year with the Quad Cities River Bandits. While playing at Class-A, Peña was named a Midwest League All-Star. He then got promoted to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers in June. Over 109 games between the two teams in 2019, he slashed .303/.385/.440 with seven home runs, 54 RBIs, and twenty stolen bases.
From A to AA:
With his amazing performance in A-ball last season, the Astros should feel very comfortable assigning Peña to Double-A Corpus Christi once the 2020 begins. If he can show more power on offense, while maintaining his defense there should be plenty of national attention for him to follow. If all goes well, Astros’ fans should see Peña providing in-field support with the Astros in the major leagues in 2021.
Should Carlos Correa eventually leaves in free agency, it’s possible that Jeremy Peña could be the Astros’ future shortstop. Check out this recent interview he did at spring training.
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