Carlos Peña - Early Life

Early Life

Peña is the eldest of four children born to Felipe and Juana Peña. The family moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic when Peña was 12, initially living with one of his uncles.

He graduated from Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1995. Peña initially went to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, but returned home after one quarter and attended Northeastern, where he studied electrical engineering. As a collegiate player, he competed in the Cape Cod League, which showcases top amateur prospects every summer. He was a member of the Wareham Gatemen in 1997. During his time at Northeastern, Peña led the Huskies to one NCAA tournament. Peña's career batting average at Northeastern was .324 and he finished with 24 home runs in two seasons.

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