Mets prospect Francisco Pena did not expect to be playing this soon for the triple-A Las Vegas 51s, but after injuries to other players and his own quick start in double-A Binghamton, he got his chance. He’s made the most of it, hitting five home runs and knocking in 18 runs in his first month at minor league baseball’s highest level. Little does he know that he’s destined for stardom now, as our previous interview subjects, Charles Brewer in the Diamondbacks system and Ben Paulsen in the Rockies system, have advanced to higher levels after speaking with us.
In the game I saw, a 4-1 win over the Salt Lake Bees June 22, Pena went 1-for-2 with an RBI hit-by-pitch (though on his one hit, he got thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple). He very kindly took a moment to speak with me after the game.