The Orioles selected right-handed pitcher Dan Klein out of UCLA with the 85th pick in the third round of the amateur draft,
Klein, 21, is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and was the Bruins' closer this season after missing all of last year with shoulder surgery. He is 5-0 with a 2.33 ERA and nine saves in 35 appearances, all in relief. In 44 1/3 innings this year for UNCLA, he has allowed 35 hits and eight walks while striking out 48.
The scouting reports say his fastball sits between 91 and 93 miles per hour and he has a good sinker and chengeup. His curveball is described as average.
With three decent pitches, there are some questions as to whether Klein will be a starter or reliever at the next level. We'll have to ask Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan when he meets the media later, but we all know this team's needs at the back end of the bullpen. Most scouting reporters say that he's very poised and he'll move through the system quickly.
The Orioles then used their fourth-round pick on Trent Mummey, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Auburn University. Mummey, a 21-year-old who is 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, is hitting .366 with 17 homers, 54 RBIs and eight steals this season.
Mummey won a 2009 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove last year after posting a .995 fielding percentage with seven outfield assists and just one error while playing center field for Auburn.
The Orioles did not have a second-round pick after signing Type A free agent Michael Gonzalez this past offseason.