The Royals are going to convert struggling shortstop Tony Pena Jr. into a pitcher after hitting an abysmal .098 with one extra-base hit. Once a promising shortstop in the Royals organization, Pena Jr. could not find his consistency at the plate, but the Royals are encouraged by his athleticism in the field and the life he has to his raw fastball.
The Royals ought to take their time with Pena Jr. as they convert him into a full time pitcher. He needs to build up his arm strength and get comfortable throwing from different arm angles before he can start facing hitter regularly. The now 28-year old pitcher will have to work his way up the minor league ladder and hopefully help the Royals pitching staff down the road.