PENA, FIDEL

Position: Infield / Catcher

DOB: July 19, 1991

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 165

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (January 16, 2016)

Profile: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, Pena moved slowly through Arizona’s system, spending a year in the Dominican Summer League, then two at rookie Missoula and two more at Low-A South Bend.  He split the 2014 season between South Bend and High-A Visalia and returned to Visalia in 2015.  He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in 2016 and played for their High-A affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees, then spent the 2017 season at Low-A Wisconsin, though he never appeared in a game there.  A versatile player who was once rated as the top defensive catcher in the Diamondbacks system, Pena has played all over the diamond during his minor league career, but has seen the bulk of his work come at second base.  The son of Jose Pena, a coach in Milwaukee’s minor league system, Fidel spent the 2017 season working as the first base coach at Wisconsin and given his versatility, knowledge of the game, ability to speak multiple languages and family coaching history, he would make a fine coaching candidate himself when his playing days are done.

2009:  After agreeing to a contract with Arizona, Pena was assigned to their affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.  In 51 games with the DSL Diamondbacks, he hit .267 with six doubles, two triples and a home run, driving in 26 and scoring 38 runs.

2010:  The Diamondbacks opted to bring Pena stateside in 2010, assigning him to their Pioneer League team, the Missoula Osprey. He appeared in 33 games there and wound up batting .272/.336/.359 with two doubles, two triples and a home run.

2011:  Pena returned to Missoula for a second season in 2011 and saw action in 61 games there, showing marked improvements with his offensive numbers.  In 240 at-bats, he hit .308 with ten doubles, six triples and five home runs while also stealing 12 bases.

2012:  Arizona rewarded Pena for his terrific 2012 season by sending him to Class-A South Bend for his first taste of full-season ball.  He played in 72 games for the Silverhawks and put together deecent numbers, batting .261 with 14 doubles.

2013:  Returning to South Bend for a repeat season in 2013, Pena appeared in a career high 129 contests.  He logged 540 at-bats, hitting .256 with 33 doubles, six triples and ten home runs and finished second on the team in RBI (75) and stolen bases (18).

2014:  Pena moved up to High-A Visalia to start the 2014 season, but he struggled early on and wound up hitting just .236 with seven home runs in 64 games.  He was sent back down to South Bend in July and appeared in 43 more games there, batting .260.

2015:  The Diamondbacks had Pena return to Visalia in 2015 and he again showed improvements in his second stint in High-A.  In 93 games for the Rawhide, Pena hit .275 with 21 doubles and three home runs while also stealing 13 bags and scoring 49 runs.

2016:  A minor league free agent following the 2015 season, Pena inked a free agent deal with Milwaukee in January and was assigned to their High-A affiliate in Brevard County.  He appeared in 88 Florida State League games, batting .247/.291/.322.

2017:  Milwaukee sent Pena to Low-A Wisconsin for the 2017 season, but he did not appear in any games for the Timber Rattlers.  Instead, he served as the team’s first base coach, perhaps preparing for a future coaching role with the organization.