Brayan Pena Named Player of the Week


Royals catcher Brayan Pena was named the American League’s player of the week for the week of September 6-12.

During the week in question, Pena hit .435 and drove in 9 RBI and also hit the first homer by a catcher for Kansas City.  He also threw out two of five basestealers.

The trials of Pena have been well-discussed in 2010, as he only started to get any sort of partial playing time after Jason Kendall had torn his rotator cuff and continued to play.  When Kendall finally gave in and had surgery, Pena stepped in and since has made the playing time situation from earlier in the year look like a poor decision.

Granted, his batting average hovered around .200 most of the season, but only getting occasional at bats will do that sometimes.  His current hot streak has his batting line up to .264/.331/.364/.695 while he’s driven in 17 RBI in 125 plate appearances.

With Kendall on the shelf until next spring at the earliest, Pena may have a shot at sticking on the roster going into 2011.  Luke May is also with the big league club after a solid Triple A season but has just one hit in nine at bats in the majors (all with Kansas City this month).  May is the favorite to start next season, but Pena is making a case to get that honor as well.

For those interested, Miguel Olivo hasn’t homered since July and John Buck has only recently started to get his power back after hitting just one homerun in all of July and August.

(Though we still should have kept one of them, if you ask me.)

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