Made his only Opening Day roster in 2018 and spent that entire season with the Cardinals ... Along with father Tony Sr., is 1 of only 2 father-son tandems in Cardinals history each to hit a home run (Ed and Scott Spiezio) ... Played for the Royals during their 2014 and 2015 World Series seasons ... Made 2 apps for 2013 World Baseball Classic champion Dominican Republic ... Made his Major League debut in a 7-6 Royals loss on 5/20/14 vs WSox...caught the top of the ninth inning and threw out Adam Eaton trying to steal second base ... Recorded his first Major League hit on the final day of the 2015 season (10/4 at Min, pinch-hit single off Ryan O'Rourke) and his first career home run on 6/2/16 vs Bos (2-run off Noé Ramirez) ... On 5/6/18 vs the Cubs caught all 14 innings in a 4-3 Cardinals victory...6 days later caught 12 innings of StL's 13-inning, 2-1 loss at SD ... Is a 3-time minor league All-Star (2008 South Atlantic League, 2009 Florida State League, 2014 Pacific Coast League) and a 2-time MiLB.com Royals Organizational All-Star (2014, 2015) ... In 2014 for Omaha established a club record for home runs by a catcher (27) as a member of the Pacific Coast League champion ... His 3-homer game for Omaha on 6/16/15 vs Iowa was the first for a Royals Class AAA player since Mike Moustakas did it on 8/30/10 ... Missed most of the 2010 season with a broken foot...did not play until 8/14 ... Made his most recent Major League appearance on 9/30/18 for StL vs the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Attended Instituto Ibere High School in Santiago, Dominican Republic...is the son of 5-time All-Star and 4-time Gold Glove Award-winning catcher Tony Peña...Francisco's brother, Tony Peña Jr., from 2006-2009 made 327 career apps for the Braves and Royals...played on the 2001 Little League World Series team from Bronx, New York, where he was a teammate of star pitcher Danny Almonte...is lefthanded but at
an early age was taught by his father to throw righthanded.
In 74 apps at Class AAA affiliates for the Cardinals and Giants hit .290 with 20 doubles, 17 HR and 50 RBI for Memphis and Sacramento... Was a non-roster invitee to Cardinals Major League spring training camp... Began the season at Memphis...on 5/2 was traded to the Giants for cash and was assigned to Sacramento, where he spent the rest of the minor league season...On 11/4 elected free agency...on 12/10 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2020 Major League spring training camp.
Made his first Opening Day roster. Added to St. Louis' 40-man roster on March 28...Posted single-season highs in hits (27), runs (10), doubles (3), RBI (8) and walks (6)...Three of his six walks on the season were intentional walks...Started 30 games in 2018 (STL was 15-15); started 15 in previous four years of his MLB career...Appeared in 31 games (11 starts) after Yadier Molina returned from the disabled list on June 5... Started 17 games (STL was 9-8) when Molina was on DL, batted .242 (15-62, 2 HR)...Entered vs. LAD (9/14) on defense and threw out first runner of season...Scored twice vs. PIT (9/11), his first runs since 6/30 vs. ATL. Scored a career-high 10 runs...Recorded his first career bunt single 9/2 vs. CIN...Went 3-for-4 with his first Cardinals home run, a double and a career-high three runs scored vs. PHI (5/18), becoming 2nd father-son tandem (Tony) to each hit a home run in Cardinals history (Ed & Scott Spiezio)...Recorded three three-hit games, 13th-most by a National League catcher in 2018, accomplished all three in his first 22 games...Had back-to-back three-hit games (5/17-18), joining his father Tony (5/13-14/1988 w/STL) and was the first Cardinals catcher to do so since Yadier Molina (8/23-24/16)...Caught 14 innings on 5/6 vs. CHI, establishing his MLB game high. Caught 12+ innings less than a week later at SD (5/12)...Entered game defensively on 5/5 in the 9th following an injury to Yadier Molina...Batted .462 (6-13) with a home run and three runs scored in four games against the Phillies.
Blasted two solo home runs at KC (6/13), joining teammate Welington Castillo (twice) as Orioles catchers who posted a multi-home run game... Hit safely in three consecutive games in which he recorded an at-bat... Batted .500 (5-10) in five games with Baltimore including two multi-hit games... Played in 51 games with Norfolk (AAA) and recorded seven three-hit games... Started four games at first base and played in a fifth after starting the game at catcher.
Hit his first Major League home run on 6.2 vs. BOS (eighth inning off Noe Ramirez) ...Had a three game hitting streak from 6/2-7 in which he hit .455 (5-for-11) with one home run and two RBI...Caught 4-of-8 (50.0%) would-be base stealers and has caught 5-of-9 (55.6%) in his Major League career...Batted .246/.298/.377 (47-for-191) with 11 doubles, a triple, four home runs, and six RBI in 54 games with Triple-A Norfolk.
Made two stints with the Royals • Notched his first Major League hit on 10/4 at MIN with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning off Ryan O'Rourke • Spent majority of the season with Triple-A Omaha and finished second on the clube with 13 home runs • Finished third in the Pacific Coast League in catcher caught stealing percentage (32.5%) after throwing out 25-of-77 attempted base stealers • Slugged a season-high three home runs, four RBI, and scored four runs on 6/16 vs. Iowa • Batted .286/.354/.534 (46-for-161) with 21 extra-base hits and 30 RBI in 46 home games for Omaha...Hit .326 (28-for-86) when ahead in the count while playing for the Storm Chasers
Francisco made his Major League debut on May 20 against the Chicago White Sox, catching the final inning...Optioned back to Omaha on May 25...had a second stint with the Royals as a September call-up, but never appeared in a game...Threw out Chicago speedster Adam Eaton trying to steal second base in his inning behind the plate...Spent most of the season with Triple-A Omaha, where he hit .240 with 13 doubles, 27 homers and 61 RBI in 96 games...Tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 27 homers, which were also tops among backstops...Hit 18 of his 27 roundtrippers before the All-Star break.
Opened the year as the starting catcher at Binghamton (AA), before being promoted to Las Vegas (AAA) wherehe spent the remainder of the year...signed with the Royals as a Major League Free Agent on November 17, 2013... Threw out 30 percent of would-be base stealers (15-for-50) and allowed just two passed balls in 57 games withLas Vegas...batted .257 with 15 doubles, nine homers and a career-best .459 slugging percentage... Hit .300 (15-for-50) against left-handed pitching with four homers and 18 RBIs.
Played in the Florida State League All-Star Game and went 1-2 with a run
scored...Finished third in the FSL by throwing out 47 of 127 (37 percent) runners who
tried to steal against him...For the season, he had 15 games with two hits and three contests with three hits...Had two games with four RBI, May 12th and July 15th, both against Palm Beach...Picked up a home run in three straight starts from July 11th-July 15th and was
8-16 (.500) in those games...Slugged two home runs and drove in nine runs in 29 games for Aguilas
Dibaenas in the Dominican Winter League.
Named to the South Atlantic League (A) All-Star team.
Played with the Mets Instructional League team in Port St. Lucie, FL...Also performed for the Mets Instructional League team in the Dominican