Originally written on i70baseball  |  Last updated 11/21/13
With pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training February 14, the Royals made several moves to fill out their 40-man roster. Last week, the Royals signed minor league catcher Francisco Pena to a Major League contract. Pena is the son of former Royals manager Tony Pena and brother of former Royal Tony Pena Jr. Pena, 24, spent the last seven years in the Mets farm system. Last year he played 89 games, 21 with AA Binghamton and 68 with AAA Las Vegas. He ended up with a .254/.300/.429 average with 43 RBI and 9 homers. Defensively, Pena committed six errors and threw out 19 of 62 base stealers, giving him a 31% caught stealing percentage. He’ll compete for the backup catcher job, along with Brett Hayes and George Kottaras. If Pena impresses the Royals this spring, he’ll be the Royals backup catcher. If not, he’ll catch in AAA Omaha and move up when Kottaras and Hayes move on. Pena’s signing wasn’t the only roster move. To protect minor league players from the December 12 Rule Fi...
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