Francisco Pena
Francisco Pena
28-Year-Old CatcherC
St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Francisco Pena in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals in December of 2017.
Laces two-run single in loss
CSt. Louis Cardinals
July 2, 2018
Pena went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in a loss to the Braves on Sunday.
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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.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+601%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+80%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .470 61 4 1 2 1 .182 .233 .236
Since 2016vs Right .613 129 14 4 11 0 .236 .264 .350
2018vs Left .344 37 1 1 2 1 .091 .162 .182
2018vs Right .565 100 9 1 6 0 .242 .270 .295
2017vs Left .571 7 1 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286
2017vs Right 4.000 3 2 2 2 0 1.000 1.000 3.000
2016vs Left .708 17 2 0 0 0 .333 .375 .333
2016vs Right .394 26 3 1 3 0 .120 .154 .240
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+150%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+293%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .600 112 11 2 7 0 .245 .279 .321
Since 2016Away .524 78 7 3 6 1 .181 .218 .306
2018Home .545 75 6 1 4 0 .222 .253 .292
2018Away .458 62 4 1 4 1 .179 .226 .232
2017Home 1.000 6 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2017Away 2.500 4 2 2 2 0 .500 .500 2.000
2016Home .657 31 4 1 3 0 .250 .300 .357
2016Away .167 12 1 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083
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Stat Review
How does Francisco 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.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
4.4%
 
K Rate
30.7%
 
BABIP
.279
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.203
 
OBP
.241
 
SLG
.266
 
OPS
.507
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Pena, who had spent the past nine seasons climbing through the minor league ranks, did not figure to see much major league action entering the 2016 season. That was until an injury to the team's backup catcher, Caleb Joseph, opened up a spot on the Orioles' roster. Pena was soon called up to serve as Matt Wieters' backup in Joseph's absence. He saw action in 14 games and certainly did not make the most of his opportunity, posting a .200 average and a grotesque 32.6 percent strikeout rate in his 43 plate appearances. Though it was a small a sample size, his 33 wRC+ was the second worst mark of any of the team's position players. Following the signing of Welington Castillo to take over as the everyday catcher and Wieters' departure in free agency, Joseph should retain the backup duties while Pena lingers at Triple-A as organizational depth. This forecast was further promoted following Pena's designation for assignment in February.
Pena was called up the Royals on September first as one of Kansas City's roster-expansion callups. He came in as the third catcher behind Salvador Perez and Drew Butera. He earned the callup after posting a .251/.305/.430 slash line with 13 home runs over 95 games for the Storm Chasers. Pena appeared in eight games and had just one single in seven plate appearances. The 26-year-old catcher has the ability to hit for power and drive in runs, but there is a good chance that Pena will start the 2016 season in the minors after he was traded to Baltimore.
Pena had a strong season from a power standpoint for Triple-A Omaha in 2014, belting 27 four-baggers, which led to an impressive .275 isolated power mark. For his efforts, he was rewarded with his first taste of big league action as one of Kansas City's September callups, but was ultimately buried behind Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz. A similar siuation faces Pena in the 2015 season, as he'll likely need an injury above him on the depth chart if he's going to see the big leagues prior to September, and even in that case, the 25-year-old would likely still be the backup. Barring a major roster shakeup, Pena is likely once again in line to serve as organizational depth at the Triple-A level this upcoming season.
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Retaining larger share of catching starts
CSt. Louis Cardinals
June 3, 2018
Pena will be behind the plate and bat eighth Sunday against the Pirates.
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Launches second round tripper Tuesday
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 30, 2018
Pena went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs overall in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
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RBI double Wednesday
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 23, 2018
Pena went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.
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Day off Saturday
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 19, 2018
Pena is out of the lineup versus Philadelphia on Saturday.
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Picks up start Sunday
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 6, 2018
Pena will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Cubs, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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