Brayan Eduardo Pena
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 220 lb.
Brayan Peña was signed by scouts Julian Perez and Rene Francisco for the Atlanta Braves in 2000 after defecting from the Cuban junior national team following a qualifier for the 1999 Pan-American Games. He made his pro debut with the Danville Braves the next summer.
In an improbable twist, the only other Brayan in big league history, pitcher Brayan Villarreal, played at the same time as Pena. Even more unlikely—they were teammates in 2013, and fate so aligned it that Brayan the catcher caught Brayan the pitcher just once, on April 17.
Pena became a manager with the GCL Tigers West in 2018 and Connecticut Tigers in 2019. He was slated to manage the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the minor league season.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2018||GCL Tigers West||Gulf Coast League||37-16||2nd||Detroit Tigers||League Champs|
|2019||Connecticut Tigers||New York-Penn League||34-42||10th||Detroit Tigers|
|2021||West Michigan Whitecaps||High-A Central||Detroit Tigers|
- Brayan Peña: "The Window", The Players' Tribune, January 7, 2016.