11/05/2022 9:34 PM
Article By: Michael Lane
In 2017, the Astros won their first World Series in franchise history. That same year, Jeremy Pena spent his summer playing for the Chatham Anglers.
Last night Pena was named the 2022 World Series MVP as the Houston Astros won their second title in franchise history.
Pena was the best hitter in Houston’s lineup throughout the entire postseason. He hit the series-clinching home run in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Mariners. He was named ALCS MVP after hitting .353 in the Astros sweep of the Yankees. That success didn’t slow down in the World Series.
Over the course of the series he slashed .400/.423/.600 with a critical home run and two RBI in Game 5. Pena’s impact carried onto the field, flashing his stellar defense numerous times throughout the series. Pena also became the first rookie in MLB history to record a hit in each of his first six World Series games.
During his summer in Chatham, Pena was named to the Eastern Division All-Star team and appeared in 36 of Chatham’s 44 games. While he hit just .228 on the season, he hit three home runs and played strong defense every night. It’s another example of elite player development in the Cape League translating to the MLB just a few years later.
Playing for the Astros, who have been to four World Series over the past six years, this likely won’t be the last time we’re watching Pena on baseball’s biggest stage.