Wily Mo Pena has been tearing it up in the minor leagues this season. The 29-year-old outfielder was called up by the Diamondbacks yesterday to be the DH while the team is playing on the road. Pena batted .363 with 21 home runs with 63 RBIs and 41 extra-base hits in 237 at-bats at Triple-A and showed the ability to make more contact, which has always been an issue at the major league level.
Pena went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and hit a homer over 440 feet to centerfield last night against the Royals. The power is apparent, but he did swing and miss at several pitches out of the zone. It was his first major-league game since 2008. He will be the DH for the next five games and then the Diamondbacks are on the road July 1 for a three-game series in Oakland.
There are no guarantees with his playing time. This could be an audition for him and if he perfoms well, maybe he gets playing time at first base or leftfield. I'd add him in NL-only leagues and consider him in deeper mixed leagues. I added him in a 14-team mixed leagues with 29 roster spots where the waiver wire is thin and power is difficult to find. It's a weekly league and he's on the bench for now. In an 18-team mixed league, I put in a claim but someone else had higher priority. There's no need to add him in shallow leagues yet.