Felix Pena
Felix Pena
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pena spent much of the first half shuttling between Triple-A Salt Lake and Anaheim before being called up for good in mid-June. Working primarily as a starter, Pena showed promise, logging seven quality starts (including six of his last eight efforts). In fact, from Aug. 15 on, Pena recorded a 3.49 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, fanning 45 in 49 frames. Even with that strong finish, Pena isn't assured of breaking camp in the rotation. The Angels fortified their staff with a couple of veteran hurlers and it's unclear if they intend to stick with a six-man rotation. Pena relies mostly on a sinker to generate groundballs. Pena's whiffs emanated from his slider with a 20.9% mark and changeup at 16.3%. Pena won't be highly sought after, making him enticing (if he's starting) in deeper formats as well as shallower leagues where streaming pitchers is a common practice. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cubs in March of 2009.
Hit hard in loss
PLos Angeles Angels
July 17, 2019
Pena (7-3) was charged with the loss against the Astros on Wednesday, surrendering eight runs on nine hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts over 4.2 innings.
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Pena struggled against a tough Astros lineup, giving up three runs in the first inning on an RBI double to Alex Bregman and a two-run homer to Michael Brantley. He then allowed a two-run double to Jose Altuve in the second, surrendered another run on a wild pitch in the third, and was unable to finish the fifth inning after hitting Brantley with a pitch and surrendering a single to Robinson Chirinos. It was a rare outing in which the Angels did not use an opener ahead of Pena. The right-hander was coming off a dominant performance against the Mariners during which he threw seven no-hit innings to complete a combined no-hitter. Pena now owns a 4.92 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 91:28 K:BB over 20 appearances.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .265 443 93 48 103 24 0 19
Since 2017vs Right .217 465 120 26 93 18 0 17
2019vs Left .270 172 41 16 41 10 0 10
2019vs Right .185 192 50 12 33 7 0 6
2018vs Left .274 194 34 18 48 11 0 6
2018vs Right .220 195 51 10 39 4 0 6
2017vs Left .226 77 18 14 14 3 0 3
2017vs Right .288 78 19 4 21 7 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.10 1.31 114.2 4 4 0 9.3 3.1 1.3
Since 2017Away 4.12 1.22 98.1 7 4 0 8.7 3.2 1.7
2019Home 5.12 1.24 51.0 3 1 0 9.7 3.0 1.6
2019Away 4.63 1.11 35.0 4 2 0 9.3 2.8 1.8
2018Home 5.06 1.31 48.0 1 3 0 8.1 2.6 1.3
2018Away 3.22 1.16 44.2 2 2 0 8.5 2.8 1.0
2017Home 5.17 1.53 15.2 0 0 0 11.5 4.6 0.6
2017Away 5.30 1.55 18.2 1 0 0 8.2 4.8 3.4
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Stat Review
How does Felix Pena compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.25
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
4.92
 
WHIP
1.19
 
BABIP
.277
 
GB/FB
1.28
 
Left On Base
64.1%
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.0%
 
Spin Rate
2193 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.0%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Pena spent 2016 primarily in Triple-A Iowa before finishing the regular season with the Cubs after getting called up to make his major league debut on Aug. 19. He was fairly unexceptional in his 11 appearances with Chicago, posting a 4.00 ERA along with a 2.70 FIP. Prior to his call up, The 26-year-old right-hander produced better numbers in Triple-A, earning a 3.41 and 3.20 FIP over 31 appearances. Pena has always had major league caliber stuff, as evidenced by his 31.6 strikeout percentage, but his success in 2017 will likely come down to his command. Pena's 9.0 percent walk percentage in Triple-A last season will need to come down if he is going to be able to stick around in the Cubs' bullpen in 2017. Nonetheless, he will have a good chance to find a middle relief role in the Cubs' bullpen if he is able to pitch effectively in spring training.
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Starting without opener
PLos Angeles Angels
July 17, 2019
Pena will start Wednesday's game against the Astros without an opener, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Dominant in no-hit effort
PLos Angeles Angels
July 12, 2019
Pena (7-2) picked up the win Friday against the Mariners after tossing seven no-hit innings with two strikeouts and one walk.
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Following opener again Friday
PLos Angeles Angels
July 11, 2019
Pena will follow opener Taylor Cole on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Nabs sixth win
PLos Angeles Angels
July 5, 2019
Pena (6-2) picked up the win Friday, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks over four innings of relief while striking out five in a 5-4 victory over the Astros.
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Now slated to go Friday
PLos Angeles Angels
July 4, 2019
Pena is in line to make his next appearance Friday against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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