August 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM
In each of the last three years, we've taken a detailed look at New England natives playing in Major League Baseball. We New Englanders undoubtedly enjoy watching our homegrown players succeed -- as long as it’s not in Yankees pinstripes. Here's a list of 32 players from New England high schools or colleges who have appeared in the majors in 2013 (sorted by career Wins Above Replacement).
1. Carlos Pena, 1B, Tampa Bay
Haverhill High School, 1995 (Haverhill, Mass.)
Northeastern University, 1998 (Boston, Mass.)
Pena moved to Massachusetts from the Dominican Republic at the age of 12, and spent the next six years living in Haverhill. The 36-year-old also has a few other New England ties, being a Northeastern University alumnus, having played for the Cape Cod League in 1996 and 1997, and having played for both Boston and Pawtucket in 2006. Pena has 285 career home runs and a .465 career slugging percentage.
Check out the full column on ESPN Boston.