CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #216
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CTBC Brothers News: Francisco Peña
The CTBC Brothers are also getting a foreign hitter this year! On January 12, the CTBC Brothers announced the signing of Francisco Peña as their fourth foreign player.
According to the team, the 32-year-old Dominican catcher / first baseman is currently playing in the Dominican Winter League and will arrive in Taiwan around early February.
Francisco Peña played five seasons in MLB for the Royals, Orioles and Cardinals. From 2014 to 2018, he compiled a slash line of .216/.249/.311 over 86 games.
In 2021, Francisco Peña spent the entire season in Triple-A and posted a .250/.322/459 with 23 home runs over 105 games. Prior to this signing with the Brothers, he is active in the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM), playing for the Águilas Cibaeñas.
It seems the Brothers are having a little fun with the translation of Francisco Peña’s name. The team told the media that his Mandarin name in the CPBL will be “福來喜 / Fú-Lái-Xǐ”, which means “bring luck and happiness”.