Brayan Peña

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Brayan Eduardo Pena

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 220 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pena and a member of the Navy in 2005

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.

Peña hit .261/.370/.478 for the Águilas Cibaeñas in the 2008 Caribbean Series.

In an improbable twist, the only other Brayan in big league history, pitcher Brayan Villarreal, played at the same time as Peña. 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.

Peña 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. Peña did manage the Whitecaps in 2021-2023.

In addition to his work with the Detroit Tigers organization, Peña was the bench coach for the Gigantes del Cibao during the 2020/2021 Dominican League season.

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
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 56-62 7th (t) Detroit Tigers
2022 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 72-59 5th Detroit Tigers
2023 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 68-62 3rd Detroit Tigers

Further Reading[edit]

  • Brayan Peña: "The Window", The Players' Tribune, January 7, 2016. [1]

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