The Orioles selected University of Virginia junior right-hander Branden Kline, a graduate of Thomas Johnson High in Frederick, in the second round with the 65th overall pick.
Kline, who spent time as both a starter and reliever in three seasons with the Cavaliers, was ranked the 87th-best prospect in the nation by Baseball America.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Kline was a reliever his first two years at Virginia, including time as the team's closer as a sophomore, but he moved to the starting rotation this past season, going 6-3 with a 3.52 with 76 strikeouts and 31 walks in 72 innings.
He was somewhat streaky as a starter, but there was one stretch when he allowed just 19 hits and struck out 40 with 8 walks in 34 innings.
Kline owns a low-90s fastball and a developing slider in the low-80s. It will be interesting to see how the Orioles decide to develop him, as a starter or a reliever.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun