Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena

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Carlos Pena Player Bio

1B, DH, LF, OF
May 17, 1978
6' 2"
225 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-05-2001 with TEX
Allstar Selections:
2007 SS, 2008 GG


On May 27, 2004, Carlos Pena had one of the greatest days a batter has ever enjoyed in the big leagues. That day, in Kansas City, the Detroit first baseman collected six hits, two of them home runs, as the Tigers won 17-7. His six hits matched a Tiger nine-inning record set by Ty Cobb. That big day not withstanding, Pena gained the reputation as a streak hitter, suffering through slumps producing torrid hitting binges. Originally selected as the 10th pick overall by the Texas Rangers in the 1998 June Draft, he was later traded in two blockbuster deals to Oakland, and then Detroit, in 2002.

Quotes From

"Every time I get the opportunity to play, I'm going to give it all I have and just have fun."

Minor Leages

After hitting .181 with three homers and 14 RBI, Pena was sent down to AAA Toledo on May 31, 2005. Playing in a winning atmosphere and with far less pressure in Toledo, Pena found his swing and was recalled to Detroit on August 19. In his first game back he belted a pair of home runs, including one on the first pitch he saw back in the major leagues. Two days later he hit another home run as Detroit swept the Toronto Blue Jays in Comerica Park.

Best Season

In 142 games, Pena hit a team-high 27 homers and drove in 82 runs. He also scored 89 runs and slugged .472 with 22 doubles. He came on late, as is typical of Pena, hitting 14 of his 27 homers in the final two months of the season.

Factoid 1

Carlos Pena was named Most Valuable Player of the Cape Cod League in 1997, and also received the Sportsmanship Award.


Selected by Texas Rangers in the 1st round (10th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 2, 1998); Traded by Texas Rangers with Mike Venafro to Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jason Hart, Gerald Laird, Ryan Ludwick and Mario Ramos (January 14, 2002); Traded by Oakland Athletics with Franklyn German to Detroit Tigers as part of 3-team trade in which Detroit Tigers sent cash to Oakland Athletics; New York Yankees sent Ted Lilly, Jason Arnold and John-Ford Griffin to Oakland Athletics; Detroit Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to New York Yankees(August 22, 2002) ; and Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman to Detroit Tigers(August 22, 2002).


Range to his right at first base and digging throws out of the dirt.


Hitting the breaking ball.


Enjoyed a six-hit, two homer, five-RBI, game on May 27, 2004, in Kansas City against the Royals. He collected 13 total bases in the game... On May 19, 2003, at Jacobs Field against the Tribe, Pena belted three homers and drove in seven runs in the Tigers 10-9 loss.

Scouting Report

Pitch him down and in and in with the breaking ball or high and sinside with the fastball, but don't miss with the fastball or he can hurt you. Has trouble with slow stuff almost everywhere.


Pena looks like a great ballplayer. He's built solid, but not too muscular. He's handsome, has a beautiful left-handed swing, and he plays first base with great range. Despite inconsistent playing time, he was one of the finer first basemen in the American League in the early 2000s.


Through 2004, Pena had hit 10 homers in 82 at-bats in Cleveland's Jacobs Field... Through 2005, Pena had a career batting average of .216 in April and May... Entering 2005, Pena was hitting .291 for his career in June and had hit 35 of his 67 (52%) homer sin August/September.

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