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ARoDfan4life
05-25-08, 11:18 PM
ATLANTA -- Brayan Pena's path to the big leagues took another detour on Friday, but those around the Braves organization said it won't be long before the switch-hitting catcher latches on with another Major League club.


Pena was activated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for the assignment on Friday. Over the next 10 days, he could be traded by the Braves or claimed off waivers by another organization. If neither of these moves is made, Pena will be sent back to Triple-A Richmond.

"It's going to be good for Brayan, he's going to be in the big leagues somewhere," Braves manager Bobby Cox said before Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. "Great kid. What an organizational treasure he is. But he's going to be in the big leagues, my feeling."


Pena was 4-for-14 this season catching behind two-time All-Star Brian McCann and fellow backup Corky Miller. With prospect Clint Sammons playing well in Triple-A Richmond, the Braves felt it was best to part ways with the 26-year-old Cuban who signed with the Braves as a non-drafted free agent in 2000.
Pena was placed on the disabled list on May 8 (retroactive to May 5) with a mid-back strain, but has fully recovered.


Pena spent much of 2007 with the R-Braves, batting .301 with six homers and 48 RBIs in 94 games. He had 33 at-bats with Atlanta last season, recording seven hits.
One Brave directly affected by the roster move is shortstop Yunel Escobar, who has been close friends with Pena since their childhood in Cuba and had a neighboring locker. Pena said he was grateful for the opportunity to play with the Braves and knew the move was just business.
"It's hard, but I have to keep my head up, and I know what happened to me is going to be good for me and my family," Pena said. "I feel like I'm doing everything that they asked me to do. ... In my own mind, I have to get better, and I have to work harder and work for the opportunity."
MLB (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080523&content_id=2754381&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl&partnered=rss_atl)

333/.333/.500 vs LHP in 08' btw nickname is The Cuban Ichiro because of how easily he puts the bat on the ball can play 1B too. The Yankees slow start should be used as an advantage w/ this guy as soon as he hits waivers.

Pena vs RHP (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=498107&w=2006/open/tp/archive05/052806_atlchn_pena_hr_tp_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2006/05/28/atlmlb-chnmlb-1&mid=200605281477322&cid=mlb&fid=mlb_tp350&v=2)

Pena vs LHP (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w=2007/open/tp/archive04/041307_floatl_pena_hr_tp_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2007/04/13/flomlb-atlmlb-1&mid=200704141897608&cid=mlb&fid=mlb_tp400&v=2&id=549349)

BennyTheJetRodriguez
05-26-08, 10:52 AM
Whats his glove like?

themgmt
05-26-08, 11:01 AM
Whats his glove like?

Leather

BennyTheJetRodriguez
05-26-08, 11:21 AM
LeatherBold strategy, lets see if it works out for him.

YanksFan1992
05-26-08, 12:09 PM
I definitely wouldn't mind giving him a shot.

ARoDfan4life
05-27-08, 09:48 AM
Whats his glove like?

some people say his glove was a C behind the plate, Jorge Posada like, but his versatility will allow him to play somewhere on the field, he can play 1B and the COF a bit, his bat is what we really care about right now, especially the way teams lineup LHP vs us.

Yankee Fan in Boston
05-27-08, 09:54 AM
The Yankees slow start should be used as an advantage w/ this guy as soon as he hits waivers.



There is no way he is going to hit waivers if he is worth anything, given the dearth of young catching talent in MLB. The question is how much teams are willing to give up for him.

indianyanksfan
05-27-08, 03:17 PM
any word on this guy?

natedewey
05-28-08, 12:24 PM
Bold strategy, lets see if it works out for him.

:2thumbs: nice

CyYoung4Vazquez
05-28-08, 12:31 PM
That kind of sucks. Sports Illustrated did an article a couple months about him and Yunel Escobar. Apparently they grew up together and dreamed of playing for the Braves. I thought that was a pretty cool story.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/04/22/brave.hearts0428/index.html

mbn007
05-29-08, 11:41 AM
With Anson, Montero and Romine in the distant future (2-3 years out) and Cervelli in the near future (1-2 years away), I think the Yankees will stick with the Molina (signed through 2009) and Moeller rotation for now, until Jorge comes back.

indianyanksfan
05-29-08, 03:45 PM
i'd take a risk on the guy...hopefully the yanks do as well.

bigjf
05-29-08, 05:33 PM
That kind of sucks. Sports Illustrated did an article a couple months about him and Yunel Escobar. Apparently they grew up together and dreamed of playing for the Braves. I thought that was a pretty cool story.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/04/22/brave.hearts0428/index.html

Playing for the Yanks ain't too bad either, I would imagine. THIS should be the guy to throw Morgan Ensberg off the team. Sign him up!

bigjf
05-29-08, 05:35 PM
With Anson, Montero and Romine in the distant future (2-3 years out) and Cervelli in the near future (1-2 years away), I think the Yankees will stick with the Molina (signed through 2009) and Moeller rotation for now, until Jorge comes back.

I'd rather carry 3 catchers on this team anyway when Jorge gets back, since Girardi can keep his bat in the lineup everyday when it's hot by DHing him. If you can get Brayan off waivers (which would be amazing), you have to do it.

indianyanksfan
05-29-08, 05:52 PM
yanks have all those kids in the lower minors as well but it would be nice to grab this guy too.

Kluivert4Ever
05-29-08, 05:56 PM
If anyone can give me a legitimate downside with getting this guy of waivers I would be very interested to hear it.

In other words, claim him if possible.

indianyanksfan
05-29-08, 05:58 PM
If anyone can give me a legitimate downside with getting this guy of waivers I would be very interested to hear it.

In other words, claim him if possible.

what would they be looking for in return?

indianyanksfan
06-02-08, 12:51 PM
is this guy still available?

ARoDfan4life
06-02-08, 01:04 PM
is this guy still available?
Royals picked him then DFA him so yup..completely available

ARoDfan4life
06-02-08, 01:06 PM
If anyone can give me a legitimate downside with getting this guy of waivers I would be very interested to hear it.

In other words, claim him if possible.
A bit of an issue w/ him blocking balls in the dirt, but he can improve in that. His bat is legit.

indianyanksfan
06-02-08, 01:45 PM
so if he's still available why havent we picked him up yet?

YASS
06-02-08, 01:54 PM
so if he's still available why havent we picked him up yet?
Who would you choose to remove from the 40-man roster to make room for him? If the Yankees can sign him to a minor league deal, they might consider it, but if signing him requires a major league contract, they just won't do it.

Yankee Tripper
06-02-08, 02:19 PM
Who would you choose to remove from the 40-man roster to make room for him? If the Yankees can sign him to a minor league deal, they might consider it, but if signing him requires a major league contract, they just won't do it.they could DFA Traber easy enough to make room and send Moeller down. But if they pick him up, he is out of options so he'd have to be on the MLB roster or go though the DFA process all over again. Does carrying 3 catchers on an AL roster really make sense? Molina is signed though next year and Posad for 4 so I'm not sure this guy makes sense unless he's be really useful in some other way besides 3rd cathcer.

THEBOSS84
06-02-08, 02:35 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080531&content_id=2807900&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

ARoDfan4life
06-02-08, 03:08 PM
http://rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=533