Noted for his large assortment of off-speed pitches, Pena was a standout in the minors
(146-85). He was used regularly as a major league starter only by the A's, for whom
he lost a league-high 20 games in 1963. He teamed in Kansas City's rotation, and
later in the St. Louis bullpen, with fellow Cuban Diego Segui. After a poor year
in Triple-A ball in 1969, he was signed by the Royals in 1970 as a batting practice
pitcher, and was impressive enough that the Pirates signed him that June. His 22-3
(1.25) record in two minor leagues in 1972 earned him three final ML seasons. He
later scouted for the Tigers.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 21, 1963:
At Kansas City, Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Orlando Pena, then adds another in the 5th. Roger Maris follows with another homer and New York wins, 7–4.