"This is like my second home, it's an honor to be part of this family," Peña said about his time with the Yankees since signing on last July. "I had the chance to work with great coaches during my time here."
Regarding the aspects of his game that Peña is actually looking to improve, most of it has to do with getting experience.
"There are a few things that I'm paying attention, following my coaches' advice," said Peña.
"With Peña, it all starts with playing time and getting experience," stated DSL Yankees 2 batting coach Freddy Tiburcio. "He's a hitter that could easily hit for .300 in any league.
"He came in as a very polished kid with great knowledge of the strike zone. That's making our job with him easy. Don't be surprised if you see him batting for .330-.340 at some point."
His bat hasn't started to shine just yet. He's hitting just .216 through his first 15 games, but his patience and maturity at the plate have backed up Tiburcio's statements as his 13 walks lead his team by far in the early going.
Talking about his childhood baseball hero, Peña doesn't have to look far. Bobby Abreu is the type of player Peña is looking to become.
"I don't like to be compared to anyone," he admitted. "I'm looking forward to make my own way up, but definitely I'm a big fan of Abreu's game."
Like Abreu, Peña considers himself as a player that could hit for average, with some power added.
Maybe defense is the other aspect of Peña's game that needs the most improvement.
"I'm working on my footstep in the field. I would like to attack the ball faster," Peña said about the key things to improving on the defensive side.
The Bani native [the same place where Miguel Tejada was born] is not upset about not starting his career stateside.
"I'm feeling comfortable here. I know I have the tools to start higher, but I guess it's up to them to determine how fast I'll go," he concluded.
Peña Looking To Put Up The Numbers
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