Carlos Pena is the fourth best position player in Tampa Bay Rays history
By Rylan Stiles
The top five countdown of Tampa Bay Rays position players continues with number four, Carlos Pena
The Tampa Bay Rays were home to Carlos Pena for five years of his fourteen year Major League career. In his career, Carlos Pena was an all star, a gold glove winner, and a silver slugger winner.
Pena was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round with the tenth pick in the 1998 draft.
Carlos Pena made his Major League Debut in 2001 at age 23 and played his last game in 2014 at age 36.
With the Tampa Bay Rays, Carlos Pena finished ninth in MVP voting during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, where he won his silver slugger and gold glove respectively.
For the Tampa Bay Rays, Carlos Pena logged 726 games and walked to the plate almost three thousand times. Pena hit for a .230 average and got on base at a .230 percent clip. Pena also clubbed 163 homers in his five year Tampa Bay Rays career. He plated 468 runs with 460 walks.
Pena had 1,146 hits in his career, 559 of which coming as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. The infielder with the Tampa Bay Rays had a .843 OPS and .483 slugging percentage.
In the postseason with the Tampa Bay Rays, Carlos Pena hit for a .500 average in the ALDS, that number dipped down to .269 in the ALCS and fell all the way down to .118 in the World Series.
Pena clubbed three postseason homers all of which coming in the 2008 ALCS against the division rival Boston Red Sox.
In 2010 for the Rays in the postseason, he hit for a .286 ALDS average and hit a home run while plating four runs against the Texas Rangers.
In 2007 Carlos Pena won comeback player of the year for the American league. In that season he had a 7.2 WAR.
The great fielder held a .994 fielding percentage throughout his career.
Most importantly, Carlos Pena is seventh all-time in Rays history with an 18.1 WAR.
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