Jerome Pena: I was lying in bed playing my PSP and I started to receive a lot of text messages saying congrats. My phone started ringing off the hook. I pulled up the draft tractor and saw that I was taken by the Orioles so I ran over to my roommate and gave him a great big hug. It's a dream come true. I want to get my foot in the door and prove to people that I can play.
ITO: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Orioles?
Jerome Pena: I always have fun, and I am a contagious player. I keep everything in prospective. I will be playing pro baseball which I love and it's now my job. I feel like every team I have been on we have found a way to win. It's a great organization.
ITO: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Pena: I need to work on handling the wood bat. I have to shorten up my swing and get use to it. I can touch up my infield a little bit and steal a little bit more. I need to see how pitchers get into rhythms and know when to steal in the right counts at the pro level.
ITO: How about your defensive game?
Pena: I feel like I am a great infielder. I just can't take plays off and I have to be in every single play at all times. I am good with the glove just stay focused.
ITO: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Orioles' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Pena: I like to play like Robinson Cano because he is hard nose. Also a little bit of Pete Rose because I have that bull dog mentality. Nick Swisher too because I love how he plays the game he always laughs and is outspoken; Love how he carries himself.
ITO: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Orioles or were you surprised they selected you?
Pena: I was talking to other teams more heavily. The Orioles called me one time and said that's it were taking you and next thing you know I was drafted by the Orioles.
ITO: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Pena: I caught in college and have played outfield as well so I wouldn't be opposed as long as I am out there playing
ITO: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Pena: My greatest memory was hitting a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game. It's something ill never forget.
ITO: Who was your favorite team?
Pena: I was from Arizona so I liked the Diamondbacks because it is my home state. When I went to junior college my love went to the Giants. I love Tim Lincecum and I got to go to the ball park all the time and I like their whole team.
ITO: Where level will you start out at in the organization?
Pena: I will be starting out in the Gulf Coast League. My first scrimmage is Wednesday but I am not cleared to play yet. Our season starts Monday and hopefully ill be ready to play then.