As we head into the 14th game of the season, one has to wonder:
Who is Brayan Pena and why is he on our roster?
Originally, the company line was that B. Pena was being kept on the 25-man roster to provide flexibility and give him a chance to audition for a spot. Neither has occurred.
Brayan has exactly one start in the first 13 games...at DH. He has yet to audition for, or provide flexibility at, the catcher position.
Even more puzzling is the fact that the Royals' starting catcher, Miguel Olivo, has struggled mightily. Consider this, Olivo has struck out twice as many times as Pena has even had at-bats (13 vs. 6).
Pena is 2-6 with two doubles in his limited exposure. We have no idea how he might call a game, handle pitchers, throw out runners, etc. Olivo has 28 plate appearances. He has struck out half of those appearances. Last night, when I actually prayed for a strikeout as he came up, he hit into a crucial ending-inning double play. On the year, Olivo has a whopping 4 hits, exactly twice the number of the forgotten Bryan Pena.
At the end of the day, I'm not holding any grand illusions that B. Pena is some sort of saviour sitting on the bench waiting to reveal himself if given the chance. I am saying, however, that if we aren't serious about him possibly contributing, let's trade him and get something in return.
Soon, Guillen and Bale will return (and God forbid even Waechter). The roster will have to adjust, and it will become apparent (even to Hillman), that carrying 3 catchers is not practical. Will Pena get a chance prior to that, or will he always be the guy that Royals fans refer to as the guy who was "probably" a better choice than Olivo?