Carroll County Times

Orioles add more arms on draft's second day

The Orioles kept adding arms to their organization's pitching staff during the second day of the First-Year Player Draft, and they went local with their first pick Tuesday.

Baltimore selected Virginia junior Branden Kline, a former standout at Thomas Johnson High in Frederick County, with the 65th overall pick (fifth in the second round). Kline, 20, spent two seasons as a closer in the Cavaliers bullpen but became a starter in 2012 and posted a 7-3 record (3.53 ERA) in 15 starts.

The right-hander was drafted in 2009 by Boston but opted to go to college instead. In 2011, Kline earned first-team all-ACC honors as a relief pitcher.

Westminster Optimist Little League fans might remember Kline as a youth standout on Frederick National's all-star teams almost a decade ago.

In 2003, Kline tossed a complete-game two-hitter against Westminster National in the District 2 Little League tournament. The following year, Kline smacked a two-run homer and came on in relief in Frederick's win over Westminster in the tourney semifinals.

The Orioles drafted 14 players Tuesday, and nine of them were pitchers. Baltimore snagged LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman, the first pitcher drafted, with the fourth overall pick Monday.

Of course, the Orioles added some offensive players as well. And one of them came from the University of South Carolina, the two-time reigning NCAA national champions.

Baltimore took junior first baseman Christian Walker with its third pick Tuesday (fourth round, 132nd overall). Walker was a first-team all-SEC pick this season and holds a .319 batting average for the Gamecocks with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs.

The Orioles took another South Carolina player when they drafted senior right-handed pitcher Matthew Price in the seventh round (222nd overall). Price is the Gamecocks' all-time leader in saves and appearances.

Michigan State junior outfielder Torsten Boss went in the eighth round (252nd overall) as the Orioles snared a left-handed hitter who led the Spartans this season with 43 RBIs.

Baltimore drafted 15 players between the first and 15th rounds, and 11 of the 15 were college products. The Orioles chose four left-handed pitchers, six right-handers, one catcher, one first baseman, two shortstops and one outfielder.

The draft concludes today with rounds 16-40.