Wily Modesto Pena...Resides in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Signed with Seattle as a minor league free agent on July 27...Appeared in 13 games with the Rainiers, batting .333 (17x51) with 11 runs scored, 4 doubles, 4 home runs and 14 RBI...Selected from Tacoma on Aug. 13 (Smoak DL)...made Mariners debut that night vs. Boston (0x4)...Hit first Mariners home run Aug. 21 at Tampa Bay, a game-tying 2-run HR in the 8th inning...HR traveled an estimated 468 feet, the longest by a Mariners hitter since Raul Ibanez also had a 468-foot homer July 15, 2006 at Toronto...Tied a career-high with 3 walks Sept. 19 at Cleveland (1x1, 2 R, RBI)...Split the first half of the season between AAA Reno and the Arizona Diamondbacks before being designated for assignment on July 15...Homered in his first appearance with Arizona on June 21 (1x4, R, HR, RBI)...his first appearance in the Major Leagues since July 12, 2008 vs. Houston (w/WAS)...Second career walk-off home run June 28 vs. Cleveland (2-run 2-out HR to snap 4-4 tie)...PCL POW for April 7-17 (.429/15x35, 6 HR, 14 RBI) & May 2-8 (.520/13x25, 5 HR, 8 RBI).
Began playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League on May 30 and batted .310 with 8 home runs and 34 RBI in 39 games until signing a minor league contract with the Padres on July 20...Spent the remainder of the season with Triple-A Portland and hit .324 (46-for-142) with 6 doubles, 9 home runs and
34 RBI in 40 games...Hit .440 (22-for-50) with 18 runs scored, 3 doubles, 7 home runs and 16 RBI against left-handed pitchers...batted .365
(19-for-52) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 24 RBI with runners in scoring position...Collected a season-high 5 hits on July 25 @ Las Vegas...also matched his season-high with 4 RBI in that game...Had 2-homer games on Aug. 6 @ Omaha and Aug. 25 @ Tacoma.
Played in 41 games with Triple-A Buffalo and hit .276 (40-for-145) with 5 doubles, 5 home runs and 21 RBI before being released on June 22...Hit .316 (12-for-38) with 3 doubles, a home run and 7 RBI against left-handed pitchers...Strung together a 13-game hitting streak from May 25-June 7 over which he batted .327 (17-for-52).
Played in just 64 games due to various injuries during his first full season with the Nationals...Recorded 3 outfield assists and hit .205 (40-for-195) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI...Opened the season on the disabled list with a left oblique strain...reinstated on April 13...Recorded 11 putouts on July 10 vs. D-backs, the most in a single game by any outfielder during the 2008 season...
the 11 putouts, the last 2 of which came in the 10th inning, also established a new Nationals single-game record...
became the first MLB outfielder to record 11 putouts in a game since the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki on June 27, 2007
vs. Red Sox...the last National League outfielder to record 11 putouts was the Cubs' Juan Pierre on Aug. 15, 2006 @
Astros...Underwent successful season-ending left shoulder surgery performed by Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati, Ohio on
Again battled part-time status before being acquired by the Nationals on August 18...combined to hit .253 (73-for-289) with 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 39 RBI in 110 games...hit .293 (39-for-133) with 4 doubles, 8 homers, 22 RBI, a .352 OBP and a .504 slugging percentage in 37 NL contests with the Nationals...upon joining Washington, added
depth to Manny Acta's lineup which did not exist prior to arrival...Washington averaged 5.0 runs per game in 40 games
(August 18-end of season) with Pena on roster, 3.9 in 122 contests without...during 40 games with Washington, led
the Nationals in homers (8)...was stout defensively with Washington, as evidenced by 34 errorless games (57 total
chances) in LF...for season, hit .330 (37-for-112) with 4 home runs off opposing left-handed pitchers...in 30 games
against the NL East, hit .324 (34-for-105) with 6 homers and 17 RBI...hit 4 home runs in 6 games against FLA...6 of 13
home runs came with 2 strikes...hit .293 (17-for-58) with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 7 RBI in 17 games at RFK.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Went 1-for-4 with a walk in Nationals debut on Aug. 18 vs. NYM...one day later, Aug.
19 vs. NYM, hit first homer with the Nationals, a solo shot off the facade in dead left field...in Kirk Gibson-esk moment,
hit go-ahead 2-run homer on August 27 at LAD just 2 pitches after fouling pitch off top of left foot...after receiving
medical attention from the Nationals athletic training staff, homered and severely limped around the same basepaths
that Gibson made famous on October 15, 1988...left the game due to the contusion after the homer, however, x-rays
returned negative...blasted 2-run homer in a 6-3 win vs. FLA, Sept. 2...set up game-winning 2-run rally in the 9th inning,
and scored the game-ending run, of a 4-3 win vs. FLA, Sept. 4...snapped 4-4 tie with 7th-inning 2-out RBI single
in a 6-4 win, Sept. 5 vs. FLA...8th career 2-homer effort, September 10 at FLA, included a 3rd-inning laser down the
left-field line that 3B Miguel Cabrera almost caught...homered again 2 days later at Dolphin Stadium, September 12...
laced game-winning 2-run double to erase 6-5 deficit in eventual 9-6 win on September 26 at NYM...with Boston, went
2-for-4 with a double and homer and 4 RBI in a 5-2 win at BAL on April 26...finished 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home
run and 4 RBI in BOS' 14-9 win at CLE, July 26.
Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on March 20, Pena batted a career-best .301 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 42 RBI and 36 runs in 84 games in his first season with Boston...posted an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .838 (.349 OBP, .489 SLG)...made 73 starts: 35 in right, 25 in center, 11 in left and 2 as the DH...committed 3 total errors, 2 in right, one in left and none in center...
had the American League's 7th-best batting average in May with a .354 (23-for-65) mark in 18
games...saw regular action while Coco Crisp was on the disabled list from April 9-May 27, making
30 starts, including 20 in center...batted .321 (35-for-109) with 4 homers and 17 RBI in 34 games
overall during that stretch...was limited to just 84 total games in part due to injuries...joined the
Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League late in their regular season...Was placed on the D.L. on May 28 and underwent surgery on June 1 for a
fractured hamate bone in his left wrist...was batting .321 (36-for-112) with 4 homers and 18 RBI
in 35 games at the time of the D.L. stint...was activated on July 18 after a rehab assignment with
Single-A Lowell (2 G, 1-for-6, R) from June 30-July 1 and Triple-A Pawtucket (12 G, .244, 10-for-41,
2 HR, 7 RBI) from July 2-17...hit .287 (47-for-164) with 7 homers and 24 RBI in 48 games after being
reinstated...also missed 8 games from August 26-September 2 with soreness in his left wrist and 5
games from September 17-21 with tightness in his right quadriceps muscle...Had a season-high 9-game hitting streak from August 6-15, batting .361 (13-for-36)
with 2 doubles, a triple, 3 home runs, 9 RBI and 9 runs scored...was 2 games shy of his career-best
11-game run with the Reds from June 24-July 5, 2005..Fell a single shy of the cycle on August 12 vs. Baltimore, going 3-for-4 with a
homer, triple, double, 3 RBI and 3 runs...was the first Sox player to be a single away from the cycle
since Johnny Damon on June 12, 2005 at Wrigley Field...was the first Sox player to do so at Fenway
since Nomar Garciaparra on July 24, 1997 vs. Oakland...Fared far better against righties, batting .326 (56-for-172) compared to
a .260 (27-for-104) mark against lefties...batted .322 (48-for-149) at Fenway and .276 (35-for-127)
on the road...hit just .256 (21-for-82) with runners in scoring position, including .150 (6-for-40) in
those situations with 2 outs...made 7 appearances as a pinch hitter, going 2-for-5 (.400) with 2
doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs and a walk...Played for the Dominican Republic in the inaugural World Baseball
Classic, batting .400 (4-10) with an RBI and a run scored in 3 games.
Had a career-high 17 doubles...from 5/9-6/6 missed 26g while on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps muscle...suffered the injury on 4/23 at Fla, then started just 1 of the Reds' next 13g before he went on the DL...in 19g before he went on the disabled list hit .313 (6hr, 12rbi)...in 80g after he came off the DL hit .243 (64-263, 13hr, 39rbi)...didn't play after 9/28 at Mil, when he suffered a hyperextended lower back while slamming into the outfield wall on Bill Hall's triple...x-rays were
negative but he didn't play in any of the Reds' last 4g of the season...on 8/10 at Chi left the game with a sprained left wrist but did not go on the DL...didn't play again until a pinch-hitting appearance on 8/15 and didn't start again
until 8/17...hit .280 (12hr, 32rbi) before the All-Star break and .224 (7hr, 19rbi) after the break...made 78 starts (47g in RF, 22g in CF, 9g in LF)...in the batting order hit fourth (11g), fifth (14g), sixth (25g), seventh (25g) and eighth
(3g)...produced 11 2-hit games and four 3-hit games...from 4/7-4/21 produced at least 1 extra-base hit in each of his first 9 starts of the season, the second-longest such streak in the Major Leagues over the last 2 seasons (Abreu, 11g,
May 2005)...in all of the previous season, no player in the National League produced an extra-base hit in 9 straight starts...from 6/24-7/5 put together a career-high 11-game hitting streak (.348, 3hr, 10rbi), raising BA from .275 to
.297...had four 2-homer games (4/20 vs Pit, 6/8 vs TB, 8/21 vs Ari, 9/12 at Chi)...on 5/1 at Mil hit his third career pinch hit HR (off Doug Davis)...in the 11-9 victory on 6/8 vs TB (Wily Mo Pena Bobblehead Doll Night) went 3-for-5 with 2hr and 3rbi, including a dramatic 2-run walkoff homer off Danys Baez...on 8/21 vs Ari produced 2 homers and a career high 6rbi...on 4/17 vs Hou hit a 498-foot HR into the LF bleachers (off Brandon Duckworth), the second-longest homer
on record at Great American Ball Park...on 6/29 at StL hit a 492-foot HR off the CF batter's eye (off Matt Morris), the longest homer on record by an opposing player at Busch Stadium...on 9/18 at Pit produced his first Major League sacrifice fly (off Brian Bullington) in his 870th career plate appearance and his 40th career plate appearance with a runner on third and less than 2 outs...in last 11g of the season went 6-for-37 (.162, 1hr, 3rbi)...following the season played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League (21g, .363, 7hr, 20rbi, 1sb)...agreed to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, scheduled for March 2006, if selected to the Dominican Republic team.
In the best season of his young career produced 26hr and 66rbi in just 110g and 336ab...ranked second on the team in HR and fourth in RBI...didn't play after 9/21 because of a strained right hamstring suffered that night at Atl...in July ranked among the National League leaders and led the club in both
homers (9) and RBI (19)...was National League Player of
the Week for 7/15-7/18 (7-14, .500, 2hr, 6rbi)...in May
became an everyday player following injuries to Ken Griffey Jr. and Austin Kearns...in his last 89g of the season
beginning 5/18 hit .271 (25hr, 61rbi)...in his last 53g beginning 7/9 produced 19hr and 43rbi...from 7/9-7/26 put
together one of the best 15-game stretches of any player in the majors all season (.364, 9hr, 18rbi, 11r)...made 85
starts, including a 44gs in CF and 41gs in RF...beginning 7/26 made his last 37 starts in CF...made most of his starts
batting sixth in the order (30gs) but also hit fourth (1gs), fifth (29gs), seventh (17gs) and eighth (8gs)...on 7/23 at Pit
made his only career start batting cleanup...was one of the team leaders in batting with RISP (.294)...produced three
2-homer games (7/11 at Mil, 8/14 vs SD, 9/18 vs Chi)...hit his first 2 career grand slams (6/13 at Cle off Cliff Lee, 6/
25 vs Pit off Mike Gonzalez) and his first 2 career pinch-hit HR (5/30 at Mtl off Tomo Ohka, 6/25 vs Pit off Mike
Gonzalez)...on 5/18 vs Col snapped a career-high 0-for-19 skid with a solo HR off Shawn Estes...on 7/11 at Mil
produced 4 hits and 2 homers, both career highs...on 8/8 at Col produced 3 hits and a career-high 5rbi before leaving
the game with dehydration that led to cramping in his right hamstring...his 5rbi on 8/8 at Col tied Griffey, Kearns and
Adam Dunn for most in a game by a Reds batter all season...on 8/20 at Ari hurt his left wrist checking his swing on
a Randy Johnson pitch and missed 5 starts...on 8/31 vs Hou suffered a bruised left chest wall after running into the
outfield wall and missed 6 starts...missed the last 12g of the season with the strained right hamstring...following the
season played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League (25g, .202, 7hr, 20rbi).
In his first full season in the Major Leagues appeared in 80g, including 39 starts...started the club's last 27g of the season (25-92, .272, 5hr, 12rbi)...in September produced all 5 of his homers and 12 of his 16rbi...from 7/5-7/29 was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring...suffered the injury on 7/4 vs Mets during a
pinch-hitting appearance...beginning 7/17 made 14 rehab apps at Louisville before rejoining the club on 7/30, after OF
Jose Guillen was traded to the Athletics...made 24 of his 39 starts in CF...also started in LF (4gs) and RF (11gs)...as a
pinch runner/defensive replacement on 5/28 at Atl made his only career appearance in the infield (3B)...in the batting
order hit fifth (4gs), sixth (17gs), seventh (6gs) and eighth (12gs)...had six 2-hit games and a career-high 3-hit game
(9/5 at StL)...had 7 infield hits...on 6/29 at Cle recorded his first career stolen base...on 8/1 vs SF produced his first
career 2-hit game...on 9/1 at Mil hit his first homer of the season (solo off Dave Burba)...in the 12-inning, 4-2 win on
on 9/5 at StL had a career-high 3 hits, including the first triple of his career that drove in a run to snap the 2-2 tie...on
9/12 at Chi produced the only sac bunt of his professional career...following the season played for Aguilas in the
Dominican Winter League (27g, .182, 1hr, 5rbi).
Career highlights: Following the 2001 season was named the organization's best power hitter and third best
prospect by Baseball America...also was named best power prospect in the Midwest League...in 2001 had 26
homers and 26 stolen bases at Class A Dayton, 1 of only 3 minor league players to record at least 25 homers and 25
stolen bases that season (Class AA Midland's Jacques Landry, 36hr/37sb & Class AA Reading's Marlon Byrd, 28hr/
32sb)...also in 2001 led all Class A players with 113rbi, the fourth-highest total among all minor leaguers...along with
OF Adam Dunn represented the Reds organization in the 2001 Futures Game held in Seattle during All-Star
Weekend...was a 2001 Midwest League and TOPPS Class A All-Star...twice during the 2001 season was named
Midwest League Batter of the Week...in 1999 was a member of Howe Sportsdata's All-Teenager team.
On 10/18 had surgery to repair a torn left hamstring (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...spent most of the season at Chattanooga, where in his first stint at Class AA he hit .255 in 105g (11hr, 47rbi, 8sb)...from 4/19-5/10 was on the Lookouts' disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle...on 9/10 was recalled by the Reds, along with Gookie Dawkins, when Sean Casey and Brandon Larson went on the disabled list...for the Reds hit .222 (1hr, 1rbi) in 13g and 4 starts (3g in LF, 1g in RF)...became the first 20-year-old player to appear for the Reds since Dawkins in 1999 and the sixth Reds player in the last 2 seasons to make his Major League debut while skipping Class AAA (OF Austin Kearns in 2002; RHP Jose Acevedo, RHP Piersoll, RHP Brian Reith, RHP Chris Reitsma in 2001)...made his Major League debut on 9/10 vs Pit and produced an infield single as a pinch hitter (off Kip Wells)...on 9/12 vs Chi made his first Major League start (in LF) and went 1-for-3 with his first career home run, a solo shot off Steve Smyth...hit a grand slam on 6/7 vs Birmingham ...following the season appeared in 3g for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League (.286, 1hr, 5rbi) before suffering a torn left hamstring that required surgery.
Was named the organization's best power hitter and third-best prospect by Baseball America
...In 2001 had 26 homers and 26 stolen bases at Class A Dayton, one
of only three minor league players to record at least 25 homers and 25 stolen bases last season (Class AA Midland's Jacques Landry, 36HR/37SB & Class AA Reading's Marlon Byrd, 28HR/32SB)...Also in 2001 led all Class A players with 113 RBIs...Along with OF Adam Dunn represented the Reds organization in the 2001 Futures Game held in Seattle during All-Star Weekend...was a 2001 Midwest League and Topps Class A All-Star...twice during the 2001 season was named Midwest League Batter of the Week...Enjoyed a tremendous season at Class A Dayton after he was acquired from the Yankees on 3/21 in exchange for OF Michael Coleman and 3B Drew Henson...led the Dragons' offense by hitting .264 with 26 HR, 113 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 135 games...Led all Class A players in RBIs and ranked second in the Midwest League in homers...also ranked among ML leaders with 248 total bases (3rd) and 56 extra-base hits (5th)...In an 8-6 win vs Lansing on 4/25 recorded a pair of homers, including a solo shot and a grand slam, and five RBIs...On 5/25 vs Cedar Rapids had 5 RBIs and three doubles, including an RBI-double in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Dragons a 10-9 walkoff victory...From 6/11-6/13 vs Beloit homered in three straight games (3HR/8RBIs)...Stole home in an 8-2 win on 7/20 at Beloit...On 8/9 at Cedar Rapids, in his best game of the season, went 4-for-6 with three HR and six RBIs in a 21-5 win...On 8/27 vs Michigan collected five RBIs, including a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning that gave the Dragons an 8-4 win.
Began the season at Class-A Greensboro, batting .205 with ten HR and 28 RBIs in 67 games...Hit two solo homers on 4/12 at Hickory...Had back-to-back three hit games on 6/15-16 vs. Columbus...Was transferred from Greensboro to the Staten Island Yankees on 6/17 and finished the season there, contributing to their New York Penn League Championship...batted .301 with ten RBIs in 20 games...Was ranked as the #9 prospect in the Yankee organization by Baseball America
Signed a 5-year major league contract with NYY and debuted with NYY's' Rookie-level GCL entry...rated as the No. 7 prospect in NYY's organization by Baseball America and was member of Howe Sportsdata's All-Teen Team.