Jeremy Pena

24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Pena would have been excused for having a lost season in 2021 after undergoing wrist surgery in April, but he returned in August and did enough damage at Triple-A to be firmly on the redraft radar with the offseason departure of Carlos Correa. Seen as more of a glove-first, light-hitting shortstop in 2019, Pena transformed his body over the last two seasons and he's now a ripped 6-foot, 202 pounds and has a chance to regularly impact the baseball. Pena hit .287/.346/.598 with 10 home runs, five steals (on six attempts), a 26.3 K% and a 4.5 BB% in 30 games at Triple-A, good for a 126 wRC+. As an above-average runner with improving power and a clear path to playing time, Pena is a viable mid-round pick in 50-round draft and holds and an endgame option in competitive 15-teamers. He has sacrificed his hit tool to unlock this power, and there is some risk that he could post a harmful batting average if he wins the starting shortstop job in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#412
ADP
$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2018.
Homers in return
SSHouston Astros
May 18, 2022
Pena went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Red Sox.
ANALYSIS
Pena returned from a four-game absence caused by a knee injury, and he recorded his seventh home run of the season in his first plate appearance. He's also riding a 10-game hitting streak, during which he has gone yard three times while driving in 11 and scoring six runs. Pena has put together an impressive .282/.341/.536 line across 123 plate appearances to begin the campaign.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
1
8
6
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
6
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .891 31 6 2 4 0 .286 .355 .536
Since 2020vs Right .845 99 14 5 17 2 .273 .333 .511
2022vs Left .891 31 6 2 4 0 .286 .355 .536
2022vs Right .845 99 14 5 17 2 .273 .333 .511
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .891 48 9 4 9 2 .256 .333 .558
Since 2020Away .835 82 11 3 12 0 .288 .341 .493
2022Home .891 48 9 4 9 2 .256 .333 .558
2022Away .835 82 11 3 12 0 .288 .341 .493
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jeremy Pena compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
23.3%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.235
 
AVG
.277
 
OBP
.338
 
SLG
.513
 
OPS
.851
 
wOBA
.369
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
10.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
Pena was selected in the third round of the 2018 draft on the strength of his shortstop defense, and with each ensuing year he has made enough offensive strides to keep the dream of him becoming an everyday MLB shortstop alive. He impressed all summer at the alternate training site and then capped a strong 2020 season with a quality showing in the Dominican winter league. If he hits enough to play every day, Pena has the speed to steal 15-20 bases annually. At 6-foot, 202 pounds, Pena has the potential to tap into 20-homer power, but he figures to always be hit over power. He has always logged strikeout rates below 20 percent and is a career .290 hitter in the minors. Look for him to spend his age-23 season at Double-A and Triple-A, setting up a potential 2022 MLB debut.
If Pena were a couple years younger, he would be a much more exciting prospect, but we are forced to wait and see how the 22-year-old shortstop handles his first exposure to Double-A before jumping in with two feet. A plus defender, Pena was drafted in the third round in 2018 for his glove, but he has added muscle and did all he could with his bat to prove he can hit enough to be a regular. He logged a 138 wRC+ with excellent plate skills at Low-A. After his promotion to High-A, he had a 146 wRC+ with fewer strikeouts (17.8 K%) and much fewer walks (6.5 BB%). Pena is pretty good at using the whole field, but his linedrive rate was below-average at both stops. His ability to make contact at a solid clip combined with his above-average speed (20-for-30 on SB attempts) makes him interesting. However, even with his defensive chops, he probably needs a trade to have a realistic shot at being an everyday player.
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Good to go
SSHouston Astros
May 17, 2022
Pena (knee) will bat seventh and play shortstop Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Remains out
SSHouston Astros
Knee
May 16, 2022
Pena (knee) remains on the bench for Monday's game against Boston.
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Going through workouts
SSHouston Astros
Knee
May 16, 2022
Pena (knee) went through baseball activities in front of the Astros coaching staff and training staff Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Knee still sore
SSHouston Astros
Knee
May 15, 2022
Pena (knee) woke up sore Sunday and is being held out of the lineup against the Nationals as a precaution, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Out again Sunday
SSHouston Astros
Knee
May 15, 2022
Pena (knee) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Nationals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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