TJ/UVA Pitcher Branden Kline selected in 2nd Round of MLB Draft

Published 06/05 2012 12:21PM

Updated 06/06 2012 03:31PM

Former Thomas Johnson High School product and University of Virginia Standout Branden Kline is a 2nd Round Pick, with the 65th selection, to the Baltimore Orioles.

According to MLB Draft Scouting Reports,Kline has a projectable Brandon Morrow-like frame. Kline has a very live arm with clean action that delivers fastballs regularly in the low-90s, and there might be more velocity in the future.

He throws a hard curve and is willing to throw it at all times. He commands both pitches well and has the mentality that works in the back end of a bullpen.While Kline closes in college, he may not fit that role ideally at the next level, though increased velocity might help in that regard. Even if he doesn't rack up saves, he could reach the big leagues quickly as a setup man.

WHAG Sports caught up with Kline and he said, "I heard my name and it took me a second for it to sink in a little bit.  And then everybody started jumping saying 'That's You, That's You.'  I guess that's when it finally hit me, so it's a great moment I could share with my teammates."

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