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Branden Kline Agrees to Contract with Orioles

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Former UVA pitcher Branden Kline and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed in principle on a contract, pending the passing of a physical next week.

The O's selected Kline in the second round of June's Major League Baseball Draft.

Kline played three seasons at Virginia, coming out of the bullpen as a freshman and sophomore.

He earned first-team All-American honors as a closer in 2011 with an ACC record 18 saves.

The right-hander went 7-3 with a 3.56 ERA as a starter in his junior season, recording 94 strikeouts in 93 and 2/3 innings of work.

The Boston Red Sox drafted the Maryland-native in the sixth round coming out of high school, but Kline opted to go to UVA.

He went 16-5 with a 3.22 ERA in his Cavalier career.

Kline signed for just under $800,000 as the 65th overall pick in the draft.