Jeremy Pena
22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Houston Astros A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2018.
Will join big-league camp
SSHouston Astros  A+
January 21, 2020
Pena will take part in the Astros' big-league camp this spring, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pena capped off a productive sophomore campaign for High-A Fayetteville by hitting .317/.378/.467 in 167 at-bats. The shortstop that's been praised for his defensive ability and speed has improved at the plate with every minor-league promotion thus far. The highly rated prospect will spend a few weeks with the big-league coaching staff but is still a few seasons away from actually contending for a roster spot.
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Headed to Houston
SSHouston Astros  A+
June 5, 2018
The Astros have selected Pena with the 102nd overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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