Monday, July 9, 2012

Round 16: Ronald Pena, RHP, Palm Beach State JC

(via College of Charleston's official site)
College of Charleston Bio

Pre-Draft Rankings: #410 in Baseball America's top 500

Sean's one sentence analysis: Pena  has the ability to turn into a right handed power arm but needs to develop his secondary stuff and control his fastball.
Other news and notes:
Pena attended College of Charleston for his freshman year but transferred to Palm Beach State JC for financial reasons. He was planning to head back to CofC until he signed.

Pena has projectible size and still has room to put on some muscle. He hit 95 MPH for the first time during a JC tournament this season. His control doesn't appear to be as awful as Baseball America makes it sound (4.14 BB/9 this season) and according to his coach, it vastly improved as the season progressed.

"The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder touched 94 mph and can sit in the 90-92 range. His curveball and changeup have their moments. His command is below-average and just throwing strikes can be a challenge." - Baseball America

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