Ramiro Peña

Ramiro Peña

This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Peña and the second or maternal family name is Gauna.
Ramiro Peña
Atlanta Braves – No. 14
Born: (1985-07-18) July 18, 1985 (age 29)
Monterrey, Mexico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2009 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .244
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 44
On-base plus slugging .606

Career highlights and awards

Ramiro Peña Gauna (born July 18, 1985) is a Mexican professional baseball infielder with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Peña played with the New York Yankees from 2009 to 2012.

Professional career

Minor leagues

Peña was signed by the New York Yankees out of the Mexican League in 2005.[1] He played for the Tampa Yankees in the Class-A Advanced Florida State League and Trenton Thunder of the Class-AA Eastern League that season and in 2006. He played for Trenton in 2007 and 2008, and was selected to participate in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game.

New York Yankees (2009–2012)

In 2009, Peña made the Yankees Opening Day roster, beating out Ángel Berroa to be the utility infielder.[2] He made his major league debut on April 6, 2009, appearing in the game as a pinch runner. On April 9 he got a hit in his first major league at bat, off Chris Ray of the Baltimore Orioles. On April 14 against the Tampa Bay Rays, Pena started his first career game at third base, going 0 for 3 with a walk.

On April 30, Peña got his first career run batted in in the bottom of the 8th inning against Justin Speier of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by hitting a double down the right field line.

With the acquisition of Eric Hinske on June 29, 2009, Peña was optioned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the International League to receive regular at-bats and learn to play in the outfield. Manager Joe Girardi said he expected Peña to be back with the Yankees later in the season.[3] He was recalled to the Yankees on August 7.

Peña was recalled in September, and he hit his first major league home run on September 28, 2009 off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar at Yankee Stadium.[4]

Peña was a member of the Yankees 2009 World Series championship team which defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in 6 games.

Peña was optioned to Triple-A's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to start the 2011 season.[5] On May 6, he was recalled to the majors after Eric Chavez was placed on the disabled list.[6] On July 18, 2011, Peña required an emergency appendectomy.[7]

Ramiro was recalled on July 25, 2012 to replace Alex Rodriguez on the roster after A-Rod sustained a fractured left pinky during a game in Seattle. He was optioned back to Triple-A on August 1, 2012 after the Yankees acquired Casey McGehee.[8] He was designated for assignment on September 1.[9]

Atlanta Braves (2013–present)

After the 2012 season, Peña became a free agent. He signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.[10] On June 20, 2013 Peña was placed on the disabled list for right shoulder pain; it was later revealed that he would required right shoulder surgery, ending his season.[11]

International career

Peña was selected to play for the Mexican national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)