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The Frederick 40 Countdown: Part VI
03/18/2013 10:09 AM ET
Jerome Pena hit .308 with one home run in 20 games for the Keys last season.
Jerome Pena hit .308 with one home run in 20 games for the Keys last season. 

Jerome Pena - After spending his first professional season in rookie ball, Pena advanced three levels to reach Frederick for the final month of the 2012 season.   A switch-hitting second baseman, the 24-year-old hit .308 in 20 games with the Keys, scoring 12 runs, stealing four bases and striking out 20 times.

Drafted by the Orioles in the 38th round of the 2011 first-year player draft following his junior season at TCU, Pena started 2012 in Aberdeen, played 13 games with the IronBirds and hit .319 before being promoted to Delmarva. With the Shorebirds, he hit just .250 in 21 games but found more success at the plate with the Keys. He hit one home run at each level last season after hitting one in 49 games with the Gulf Coast League Orioles in 2011.

Pena hit 11 homers and drove in 52 runs as a sophomore at TCU, but hit just one and drove in 31 as junior.   At 5-11, 185 pounds, Pena was drafted by the Mets in the 40th round of the 2009 draft after he led Western Nevada Community College to the Junior College World Series.  He hit .530 with eight home runs as a senior at Cactus Shadows High School.

Matt Price - A fixture in the bullpen during South Carolina's back-to-back College World Series victories in 2010 and 2011, the Orioles drafted the Gamecocks' right-hander in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.  The 22-year-old saved 43 games for South Carolina in his final three seasons after missing most of the 2009 campaign with a broken right wrist.

Price was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 draft by Arizona, but returned for his junior year, helping the Gamecocks back to the College World Series final for the third straight year.  For his career at South Carolina, he struck out 267 batters in 212.1 innings and recorded a 2.76 ERA.  Price went 5-5 with a 3.48 ERA as a senior, starting five games and appearing in 23 more. As a junior he posted a 1.83 ERA in 36 relief appearances, recording 20 saves and striking out 75 batters in 59 innings.

Price is a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, was named an All-American in 2011 and was selected to the freshman All-America team in 2010. As a senior in high school, he recorded a 7-4 record and a 0.40 ERA.

Chase Johnson - After three years in Philadelphia's system, Johnson was released in March 2012. The 6-5, 245-pound right-handed reliever spent last season with the Amarillo Sox, an independent league club in Pensacola, Fla., before the Orioles signed him in December.

Johnson, 24, went 5-5 with a 3.66 ERA for Amarillo, making 44 appearances, striking out 46 in 46.2 innings and saving 11 games.  A 21st round pick of the Phillies in 2009, Johnson reached low-A Lakewood in 2011, throwing 71 innings in 38 games, striking out 64 batters and walking 67.  He went 4-6 with a 4.31 ERA the season before he was released.  A Scottsdale, Ariz., native, Johnson was drafted out of South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. During his season with the Cougars, Johnson appeared in 20 games, striking out 37 batters in 25.1 innings.

Wynston Sawyer - After an impressive senior season at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, Sawyer was selected by Baltimore in the eighth round of the 2010 first-year-player draft.  Sawyer hit .221 in 81 games as a 20-year-old with Delmarva last season, driving in 49 runs and homering twice from the right-handed batter's box.

He split time catching, playing first and serving as the Shorebirds' designated hitter in 2012, after playing a similar role for short-season Aberdeen in his first full season in the minors.  In his senior high school season, Sawyer hit .391, drove in 39 runs and hit seven home runs, leading his team to a league championship. He committed to play at the University of California-Riverside, but opted to take a $300,000 payday with the Orioles.

Nick Delmonico - Named Most Valuable Player of the South Atlantic League all-star game last season, Delmonico spent the entirety of his first professional season with low-A Delmarva.   After 95 games with the Shorebirds, Delmonico injured his knee, sidelining him for the rest of the 2012 season.

Seeing time at first and second base, he drove in 54 runs, walked 47 times and 33 of his 84 hits went for extra bases.  Listed as the fourth-best prospect in the Baltimore organization by Baseball America, Delmonico was drafted by the Orioles out of Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn., in the sixth round of the 2011 first-year player draft.

The son of former University of Tennessee baseball coach Rod and brother of former Dodgers minor league pitcher Tony, Delmonico led his high school team to a state title as a senior, going 17-for-31 during the final weeks of its championship run while catching and pitching in relief.  Farragut went 38-8 during Delmonico's senior season.

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