After getting drafted and then signing pro contracts earlier in the month, former UMaine shortstop Jeremy Pena and catcher Chris Bec started their climb to the big leagues over the weekend.

Pena joined the Tri-City ValleyCats (Troy, NY), the Short Season Single-A team of the Houston Astros. The team is a member of the New York-Penn League.

Pena has played in four games, hitting .250 (4-for-16). He has a double, a RBI and a stolen base. Pena has made three errors in the field.

Pena was taken in the 3rd round (#102) by the Astros.

Chris Bec starts his pro career with the Vancouver Canadians in the Northwest League. It is the Short Season SIngle-A team of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In his first three games, Bec is hitting .308 (5-for-11) with a double and a RBI.

He is one of three catchers on the roster.

Bec was taken by the Blue Jays in the 5th round of the MLB draft.