World Series MVP Jeremy Peña, Who Is He?


Hwichan (Bright) Jun, Contributor

  As the Houston Astros ended the MLB season by bringing a World Series trophy home against the Philadelphia Phillies, one player stood out very brightly during his regular and playoffs season. The rookie’s name is Jeremy Peña who is a shortstop for the Astros, a major role player during the World Series, and most importantly, the 2022 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). 

  Peña was born on September 22, 1997, in the city of Santo Domingo, a city located in the country of the Dominican Republic. He lived there as a child and then when he was nine, he moved to Rhode Island. As a kid, it was easy for Peña to start baseball since he had a father who was a former infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cleveland Guardians during the 1990s. Years passed, and Peña was playing baseball and track for his high school, the Classical High School located in Providence, Rhode Island. He became a phenomenal player for his team, batting an average .352 in his junior year and .390 in his senior year in 2015. The same year, Peña was selected by the Atlanta Braves, but he refused the offer and decided to go play college baseball at the University of Maine. 

  Peña was an astounding player for the Maine Black Bears, playing three seasons until he jumped into the MLB Draft. Then, in 2018, Peña was selected by the Houston Astros in the third round. After signing with Houston, he played shortstop for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Quad Cities River Bandits, and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, all minor league teams, and became an all-star in 2019. After all those years of minor league baseball, he finally showed his appearance in an Astros jersey in April 2022. The Astros went through a very good regular season, and as they faced the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, Peña showed some staggering baseball, batting an average of .353 during the series. Peña was named Gold Glove the same year, and the Houston Astros beat the Phillies 4-2, taking home the World Series trophy. Peña made many records during his rookie season in 2022, and now he is like a rising star, as he continues to shoot high.