Tony Francisco Peña was born on March 23, 1981 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He is the starting shortstop for the Kansas City Royals.
Tonyis the son of former Major League player and current Royals manager Tony Peña. Although his name and his father’s (Antonio Francisco Pena) are not identical, the son is sometimes referred to as “Tony Pena Jr.” by fans to distinguish one from the other.
High SchoolTony attended Colegio Juan XXIII in the Dominican Republic.
Minor LeaguesTony was a non-drafted free agent. He signed with the Atlanta Braves on July 21, 1999. He made his big league debut with Atlanta on April 13, 2006.
He appeared in 40 games for the Braves, batting .227 with a home run and three RBIs in 44 at-bats.
On March 23, 2007, Tony was traded to Kansas City for pitching prospect Erik Cordier.
Peña finished 2007, his first full season at the major league level, hit .267.
However, Tony lost his starting job in June, 2008 due to low batting average, and has been replaced by Mike Aviles.
Career NoteTony made his major league debut as a pitcher on July 21, 2008. The Royals were blowing out the Detroit Tigers, 19-4. He needed only 12 pitches to end his inning.