Happy Dyngus Day, and Happy Birthday to Tony Pena, Jr.

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2008

Pena will offer good fantasy value in 2008, and here’s why.Tony Pena is making the transition to small ball with the Kansas City Royals to make himself more valuable to the team. Link.

In 2007, the son of all-time great Tony Pena walked an irresponsible 10 times for the season, while batting .267. Pena wanted to be a free swinging SS and it was retarding his development as a productive major leaguer.

This spring manager Trey Hillman has Pena working on patience at the plate to garner more walks and also on bunting for base hits.

Pena is a free swinger, when he walked last July 26 against the Yankees, he had set a franchise record with 65 games and 244 plate appearances without a walk.

Pena has put up numbers of .284/.356/.640 and has great range as a SS. With his quickness on the base paths his batting average and steals stats will improve this season.

Use Pena. Jr for your rotisserie or ESPN Baseball Challenge team.

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