Blast from the Past
Remember Wily Mo Pena?
The hulking slugger stomped around Buffalo for a short period in 2009, but left after a disagreement with management.
It turns out that Pena has been pounding the ball out of the park for AAA
Las Vegas Reno this year, with 21 homers in 225 at-bats (that’s a homer for every 10.7 ABs) and a 1.176 OPS in 60 games. Because of his prodigious power output, the Arizona Diamondbacks are considering promoting Pena for interleague play, to serve as DH.
You may wonder why a team would keep a slugger like that down in the minors. It’s probably not so much because Pena is a liability in the field, but rather because the D-Backs are leading the NL in homeruns, total bases, and doubles — they don’t necessarily need any more power. However, they could use pitching help, so using Pena in interleague play could be a way to showcase him as a trading piece.
I’m interested to see how this develops; I’ve always found Wily Mo to be a fun hitter to watch. (The rest of his game, not so much.)