Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on March 9, 2009 (CHC).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 36 games at Iowa (Triple-A), striking out 81 and walking 23 while allowing 46 hits in 63.1 IP.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Iowa August 19 along with LHP Rob Zastryzny when RHPs John Lackey and Hector Rondon were placed on the 15-day DL and RHPs Aaron Brooks and Dallas Beeler were transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 8/19/2016
|August 19, in a 7-6 10-inning loss to the Rockies. The fourth of six pitchers, he tossed a perfect ninth inning, throwing only 10 pitches, seven for strikes. In relief of Carl Edwards, Jr., he started the ninth with the score tied at 4-4 and struck out the first big-league batter he faced, Daniel Descalso swinging. Nick Hundley then grounded out to first base, and Ryan Raburn struck out swinging.|
|Pena’s move back to reliever (where he spent his first several minor league seasons) from starter (where he’d spent the last few) certainly accelerated his arrival in the big leagues, as he made it up in just his first year working exclusively out of the bullpen. In 2015, he went 7-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 25 games at Tennessee (Double-A), leading the Cubs organization with 140 strikeouts while walking 49 in 129.2 IP, and allowing just 111 hits. In 2014, he split his season between Daytona (High A) and Tennessee, combining to go 6-10 with a 4.15 ERA. While he excelled in the Florida State League with a 3.19 ERA in 19 starts, he struggled in his six outings at Tennessee for a 7.48 ERA before adjusting in his return there in ’15. He was a member of his respective leagues’ mid-season All-Star Teams in 2013 (Midwest), 2014 (Florida State) and 2015 (Southern).|