Astros: Breaking Down 40-Man Roster Rule 5 Draft Protection

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Jeremy Pena, Infielder, added to 40-man roster

Jeremy Pena’s been profiled a bunch lately, and we even imagined where he would fit in the 2022 Astros lineup should he make the club in the spring as a replacement should Carlos Correa leave in free agency.

Pena is the team’s fourth ranked prospect and spent a good portion of 2021 with an injured wrist, seeing action in only 37 games. Still, the Astros see him as a potential every day shortstop eventually, whether that be in 2022 or 2023. Pena continues to gain experience and at-bats in the Dominican Winter League, where he’s slashing .288/.333/.462 in 52 at-bats.