Hanser Joel Alberto Pena…earned the nickname "Radio" from minor league teammates due to his tendency to pretend to call play-by-play around the batting cage and dugout… father hosts a sports radio show that airs in the Dominican and has appeared on television as well…father has also been part owner of the Dominican Winter League club Gigantes del Cibao and has called some of the team's games in the past…won Rangers' inaugural spring training free throw competition in 2016…played volleyball and basketball in his youth…favorite player growing up was Edgar Renteria…was signed by Rodolfo Rosario, Willy Espinal, and Mike Daly on 11/23/09.
Spent the entire season on the disabled list with right shoulder problems and had right rotator cuff debridement surgery on 6/19…the procedure was performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister…only regular season action came in the form of 5 games on injury rehabilitation assignment at Frisco (6/1-4) and Round Rock (6/5-6)…also played in 11 spring training games, the last on 3/12 at CWS, before opening the year on the 10-day DL with right shoulder tightness…transferred to 60-day DL on 5/16 for duration of the season…reinstated from 60-day DL on 11/6 and was not tendered a major league contract offer prior to the deadline on 12/1, making him a free agent…re-signed to a minor league contract on 12/14.
Despite making his 1st career Opening Day roster, Alberto still saw less action with Texas than in his rookie 2015 campaign…saw three stints with Texas (Opening Day-6/3, 7/20-8/2, 9/2-end of season) and spent 2 1/2 months with Triple-A Round Rock…made 14 starts at SS (6), 3B (4), 2B (3), and 1B (1)…joined Jurickson Profar as the only Rangers to make starts at all 4 infield positions, including his 1st career action at 1st base…played just 2 games with Texas from June through August…lone extra-base hit was a double on 7/31 vs. KC, and had no multi-hit games…had game-tying single in 9th inning in last PA of season finale on 10/2 vs. TB, snapping 0-for-15 drought…4 of his 8 hits came with RISP…went 0-for-2 as a pinch-hitter.
Was not on the Rangers' roster for the 2016 ALDS, but saw action as replacement for injured third baseman Adrian Beltre in the 2015 ALDS against Toronto, going 2-for-10 in 3 games/2 starts…entered Game 1 after Beltre's exit and went 1-for-2…started at 3B in Games 2-3, with first postseason hit being tie-breaking 2-R, 2-out single off Liam Hendriks in 14th inning of Game 2…became just 2nd rookie in MLB history with GW RBI in 14th-or-later, joining HOU's Chris Burke (18th inning of ALDS G4 vs. ATL on 10/9/05)…doubled in Game 3 and did not play in Games 4-5 following Beltre's return.
Batted .222 (22-99) with 2 doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI in 41 games over 2 stints with the Rangers last season (5/28-7/4 and 8/19-end of season) in his first major league action…was 1-for-3 in 3 PA's as a pinch-hitter…club had 18-8 (.692) record in his 26 starts...Hit safely in 6 straight (5/29-6/4) and 7 of 1st 8 ML games at .344 (11-32), with Rangers going 7-1 in those contests…beginning 6/7, batted .164 (11-67) over final 33 games/18 starts with Texas to finish at .222…just 8 G after 9/1 (0-for-2 in 2 PA's), last start was 8/30 vs. BAL (2nd base)… his career-opening 6-game hit streak was longest for a Texas batter since Chris Davis in 2008 (6 G, 6/26-7/2/08)…became 5th Ranger in history to record hits and RBI in 1st 2 ML games, joining Roy Howell (1974), Chad Kreuter (1988), Rusty Greer (1994), and Fernando Tatis (1997).
Rated statistically as the best defender among Texas League shortstops with at least 50 games played...appeared at shortstop in 114 of 120 games played...posted career-best .979 fielding percentage, including a .980 mark at shortstop...combined to bat .273 (120-440) with 21 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, and 58 RBI in 120 games with Myrtle Beach (A+) and Frisco (AA)...hit .284 (101-356) vs. right-handed pitching and .226 (19-84) vs. southpaws...batted .349 (45-129) with RISP...returned to Myrtle Beach for the start of the campaign and was promoted back to Frisco on 7/4 after hitting .313 with 12 extra-base hits in June...compiled a career-best 13-game hit streak from May 25-June 14...was chosen as the Rangers Minor League Defender of the Month for July...batted .330 (30-91) over final 25 games.
Batted .390 (30-77) with 7 doubles, a home run, 14 runs scored, 5 walks, and 5 stolen bases in 26 games with Cibao in the Dominican Winter League...saw action at second, shortstop, and third...played in 14 postseason games for the DWL Champion Gigantes and participated in the Caribbean Series.
Played in 129 games between Frisco and Myrtle Beach...combined to bat .223 (101-453) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, and 47 RBI...hit .235 (85-361) against right-handers and .174 (16-92) versus southpaws...opened the season with Frisco and batted .288 (34-118) over his first 31 games...hit .176 (42-238) over next 69 contests and was transferred to Myrtle Beach on 8/1...batted .183 (11-60) with a double, 4 RBI, and 6 runs over 20 games with Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.
Split the campaign between Hickory (A) and Myrtle Beach...combined to bat .299 (157-525) with 28 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 72 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 128 games...posted the 2nd-highest average among Texas prospects on full-season clubs and collected the 5th-most RBI...selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game...named the 12th-best prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America...opened season with Hickory and posted the 2nd-highest first half average in the league at .339 (83-245)...was the 2nd-youngest regular in the CL following a promotion to the Pelicans on June 22...batted .303 (37-122) over final 30 games with Myrtle Beach...hit .397 (25-63) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 RBI in 17 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League...posted the 3rd-highest batting average on the circuit.
Spent first season stateside with Spokane (SS)...batted .301 (44-146) against right-handed pitching and .146 (6-41) versus southpaws.
Spent first professional season with DSL Rangers...claimed the Dominican Summer League batting title and was a mid-season All-Star...tallied 4 different hit streaks of 5-or-more games, including a season-high 6 games twice.