The Frederick 40 Countdown: Parts VII & VIII

Tim Berry could fill a rotation spot for the keys in 2013.

By Mike Mueller | March 29, 2013 6:02 AM ET

Jesse Beal - RHP
Beal returned to the mound in 2012 with Delmarva after suffering an injury to his pitching shoulder late in the 2010 season that required surgery and kept him out for allof 2011. A 6-6, 210-pound right-hander, he finished last season 2-4 with three saves and a 4.70 ERA in 27 games.
Beal's injury ended his 2010 season with a record of 7-6 and an ERA of 3.86 after nineteen starts for Delmarva. Originally believed to be a right shoulder impingement, the injury was to his labrum. Beal was drafted by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 2008 draft out of South County Secondary School in Virginia. As a junior he went 8-4 with a 3.07 ERA and in one of his final high school games, he struck out 12 batters. Beal was committed to the University of Maryland but chose to sign with the Orioles, receiving a $275,000 signing bonus.

Sander Beck - RHP
A year after being drafted by the Orioles in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB draft, Beck signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent following his senior season at Maryland. Beck, 22, pitched in 17 games out of the bullpen for short-season-A Aberdeen after signing last season.
A Marylander from Millersville, Beck went 4-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 44 innings pitched, striking out 59 batters. Beck played for Maryland for four seasons, the last three primarily as a starter. As a senior, the 6-3, 215-pound right-hander started nine games for the Terrapins and made 14 total appearances, finishing with a 6-2 record and 2.87 ERA.
In his final season with the Terps, Beck dominated at home, going 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA and allowing just seven runs in 34.2 innings.

Tim Berry - LHP
After spending all of 2011 in Delmarva, Berry arrived in Frederick after 10 starts with the Shorebirds in 2012. With the Keys, the slender southpaw went 5-5 with a 4.32 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances. He was called up to Bowie late in the season, but was lit up for nine runs, seven
earned, in 1.2 innings in his only start. 
Previously ranked as the 20th-best prospect in the O's system by Baseball America despite being  picked in the last round of the 2009 draft and 1,496th overall, Berry impressed in his first two professional seasons. After posting a 1.35 ERA and a strikeout rate of 10.4 per nine innings in his first year for the GCL Orioles, Berry went 3-7 record with a 5.17 ERA in 26 starts as a 20-year old for Delmarva.
Committed to play for the University of Oregon, Berry starred at San Marcos High School in California. He threw a no-hitter early in his senior year, striking out 17 of the 21 batters he faced, but an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery ended his season shortly after. He led the San Diego
area his with 11.34 strikeouts per game as a junior.

Jason Esposito - INF
In his first professional season, Esposito never quite found his groove at the plate or in the field. The Orioles' second-round pick in 2011 out of Vanderbilt, Esposito spent 2012 in low-A Delmarva, playing 123 games for the Shorebirds.
Delmarva's starting third baseman batted .209, drove in 51 runs, slugged five home runs and struck out 113 times. In 119 games at the hot corner, Esposito, 22, committed 26 errors. In his final season at Vanderbilt, Esposito hit .340 with 22 doubles, nine homers and 59 RBIs in 66 games.
Kansas City drafted Esposito out of high school, but the Royals' seventh-round pick in 2008 turned down a reported $1.5 million deal to go to Vanderbilt. The O's signed Esposito, who closed for his high school with a fastball that touched 90 miles per hour, for $600,000.

Gregory Lorenzo - OF
Signed as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic, Lorenzo logged batting averages over .300 ateach of his three stops in 2012. Now 21, the speedy right-handed outfielder from the Dominican Republic played a total of 53 games with Gulf Coast, Aberdeen and Delmarva, hitting .323 and stealing
16 bases in his fourth professional season. 
Lorenzo hit .316 in 25 games rookie ball before being promoted to short-season-A Aberdeen, where he hit .317 in nine games. For his final 18 games, he was promoted to low-A Delmarva where he hit .333. He also went 2-for-3 for the Shorebirds in a game in late June. Power is not Lorenzo's game
-- he hit the first three home runs of his career in 2012 -- but speed is -- five of his 12 extra-base hits last season were triples.
Lorenzo committed five errors in 101 chances for a fielding percentage of .952 last season after committing no errors in 2011. He also made five errors in 2012.

Michael Mosby - 3B
After two seasons in rookie ball, Mosby jumped to advanced-A Frederick in 2012. Mosby, a 23-year-old third baseman, played in 82 games for the Keys, hitting .234 with four home runs and 35 RBIs.
Mosby had never hit above .230 in rookie ball and set career highs in most offensive categories last season. He struggled in the field, committing 19 errors at third base for a fielding percentage of .920. Drafted by the Orioles out of Wabash Valley College in Illinois in the 14th round of the 2010 draft,
Mosby dominated in junior college. He hit .451 with 18 home runs, 82 RBI and stole 19 bases as a sophomore before being drafted.

Connor Narron - UTL
Narron, son of former New York Yankees catcher  and Frederick Keys manager Jerry Narron, reached Delmarva last season, spending the whole season with the low-A Shorebirds. Baltimore's fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft, Narron hit .232 in 2012 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 58 RBIs, 39 walks and 101 strikeouts in 119 games in 2012. 
Baltimore drafted Narron, 21, out of high school, stealing a recruit from the University of North Carolina when the Orioles signed him for $650,000. Narron improved his power numbers last season, after hitting .211 with no home runs, 10 doubles and 16 RBIs in his first full professional season with
Aberdeen in 2011. He played in 71 games with the short-season-A IronBirds. Narron has yet to settle into a position in the minors, playing 51 games at first base, 48 at the corner outfield spots and seven at third base in 2012. With Aberdeen, he played primarily third base. His best fielding position has proven to be first base -- he has a .990 fielding percentage at first in 53 games.

Joe Oliveira - C
Oliveira spent all of 2012 with Frederick, playing 72 games and hitting .209. A right-handed catcher drafted out the University of the Pacific in the 15th round of the 2010 draft, Oliveira spent 36 games with short-season-A Aberdeen in his first professional season.
A good defensive catcher, he spent about four weeks with the Keys in 2011, hitting .308 in nine games, but was sent down to Delmarva to make room for another catching prospect, Justin Dalles. His promotion to Frederick for the 2012 season didn't yield similar offensive production and a bat to the head in late May caused a laceration that required stitches and sidelined him for over a week.
Oliveira, 25, spent five years at Pacific, hitting .238 for his career. For his final three season, he was named to the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's best collegiate catcher.

Tommy Winegardner - RHP
Signed by the Orioles as non-drafted free agent in 2011, Winegardner was pegged as a middle infielder. But after hitting .188 in 45 games between Baltimore's rookie league team and short-season-A Aberdeen in his first minor league season and returning in 2012 to again hit below .200 between
Delmarva and Aberdeen, a change was made.
Winegardner now works from the mound instead of the batter's box. A 5-10, 189-pound right-hander, Winegardner recorded a 0.90 ERA in 20 innings of relief with Aberdeen, striking out 21 batters. His first pitching appearance since his season at Polk State College (Fla.) in 2010 came on July 22, a
perfect ninth inning in which he struck out two of the three batters he faced. Winegardner, 23, started all 62 games at shortstop for Cumberland College in Tennessee - hitting .341 with 42 RBIs - in his junior season before being signed by Baltimore. After attending high school in Upper Marlboro, Md., he also made stops at Coastal Carolina, Polk State and College of Charleston during his college career.

Mike Planeta - OF
After struggling in his first stint in advanced-A baseball, Planeta hit .272 and stole 12 bases in low-A Delmarva. The 23-year-old outfielder opened the 2012 season with the Keys, hitting just .138 in 17 games.
Planeta spent all of 2010 and 2011 with low-A Delmarva after playing rookie ball for the Bluefield Orioles in his first professional season. After being sent down to Delmarva last season, Planeta posted his best numbers with the Shorebirds. In combination with his Keys stats, he set career highs in runs (46), doubles (21), stolen bases (15) and walks (27). Strikeouts have been an issue for Planeta, who whiffed 100 times last season. Planeta was drafted by the Orioles in the 27th round of the 2009 first-year player draft out of Glendale Community College in Arizona. In his lone collegiate season, Planeta hit .327 with 73 hits, 17 doubles, 10 triples and 44 RBIs for the Gauchos.

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