RHP Branden Kline headlines Orioles second day Draft haul
The Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Branden Kline from the University of Virginia with their first pick on the second day of MLB’s First-Year Player Draft – the fifth pick of the second round and No. 65 overall.
Kline, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, is a local product for the Orioles. Kline hails from Frederick, Md., the home of Baltimore’s Single-A Advanced affiliate.
Kline spent two seasons in Virginia’s bullpen but has become a starter in 2012, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.56 ERA in 15 starts. He has struck out 94 and walked 43 in 93 2/3 innings.
Kline throws a fastball in the low 90s and a powerful, 12-to-6 curveball.
He was selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft but elected to attend Virginia.
While there, he was named First Team All-American by NCBWA, Second Team All-American by ACBA, Third Team All-American by Louisville Slugger, First Team All-ACC and a NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist in 2011. He was also named to the USA Collegiate National Team.
Kline pitched in a team-high 32 games in 2011 as a sophomore, going 4-1 with 18 saves, a 1.88 ERA and 56 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .207 batting average.
The recommended bonus for the No. 65 pick is $793,700.
*With the fourth pick in the third round, No. 99 overall, the Orioles selected shortstop Adrian Marin from Gulliver Prep School in Miami, Fla.
Marin, 5-foot-10 and 165 lbs., signed a letter of intent with the University of Miami.
*The Orioles selected first baseman Christian Walker from the University of South Carolina No. 132 overall in the fourth round.
Walker (6-foot-0, 220 lbs.) was a member of South Carolina’s back-to-back College World Series title teams and is hitting .319/.447/.548 with 11 HR and 53 RBIs in 58 games in 2012.
*In the fifth round, the O’s took left-handed pitcher Colin Poche from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.
Poche (6-foot-3, 185 lbs.) has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Arkansas.