• Full name Carlos Felipe Pena
  • Born 05/17/1978 in Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Northeastern
  • Debut 09/05/2001
  • Drafted in the 1st round (10th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 1998 (signed for $1,850,000).
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    Pena stamped himself as a first-round pick with an MVP season last summer in the Cape Cod League. He hasn't consistently played to that level this season. He has not shown the quick hands and short, powerful lefthanded swing that turned scouts on to him. He has lunged at pitches and has been indecisive at the plate while vulnerable to breaking balls. Still, he's an athletic first baseman with big power potential and sound defensive skills. His intangibles are outstanding for a 20-year-old -- a year younger than most draft-eligible college players. If he lasts to the Red Sox with the 12th pick, there will be immense local pressure to draft him, as he has become something of a Boston folk hero. With the assistance of Red Sox righthander Pedro Martinez, a fellow native of the Dominican Republic, he has helped galvanize Boston's growing Dominican community.

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