Jeremy Peña

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jeremy Peña is the son of Gerónimo Peña. He became the Houston Astros' starting shortstop seemingly by default in 2022 when the Astros failed to re-sign free agent Carlos Correa. He had been a 3rd round pick by Houston in the 2018 amateur draft; even though he was born in the Dominican Republic, he had attended both high school and college in the United States, making him subject to the draft, both times in institutions better known fro their academic strength than their baseball prowess. He was first drafted in the 39th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 2015 amateur draft coming out of Classical High School in Providence, RI, after which he went to the University of Maine. He confirmed his status as a top prospect with a very good second season in the Astros' system in 2019, when he batted .303/.385/.440 in 109 games between the Quad Cities River Bandits and Fayetteville Woodpeckers. He then had to sit out the 2020 season when the minor leagues were shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in 2021 he was limited to 30 games for the AAA Sugar Land Skeeters (and 7 more on rehabilitation outing), explaining why he was completely under the radar by the time spring training rolled around in 2022.

He hit his first big league homer in his second game, on April 8th, off Mike Mayers of the Los Angeles Angels. Coincidentally, his parent were being interviewed live on AppleTV's broadcast of the game when he came up, making for an unforgettable television moment. He had three hits in that game, after being shut out in his major league debut the day before. His first major league hit had come off Reid Detmers earlier in the contest. On April 24th, he hit the first walk-off homer of his career, connecting off Jordan Romano of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th inning with the designated runner on second base to give Houston an 8-7 win. He had a great game on July 3rd against the Angels when he went 4 for 5 and belted two homers, the second one a walk-off shot off Ryan Tepera that gave Houston a 4-2 win.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Brian McTaggart: "Peña's first homer interrupts parents' interview", mlb.com, April 9, 2022. [1]
  • Bob Nightengale (USA Today): "Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña making the Astros forget all about Carlos Correa", Yahoo! Sports, May 8, 2022. [2]

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