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3.85 Baltimore Orioles - Dan Klein, RHP, UCLA

The Orioles spent the 85th overall pick on Dan Klein.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Dan Klein   Position: RHP   School: UCLA   State: CA   Year: So.   Height: 6’3’’   Weight: 190

Birth Date: 7/27/88   Seiler Rating: 1C4   Last Drafted: 2007 (BAL-24)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

2

2

7.64

7

2

0

17.2

28

16

15

0

3

13

2009*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2010

5

0

2.13

33

0

9

42.1

33

10

10

3

8

48

*Missed due to injury

Dan Klein is a right-handed collegiate relief pitcher from the University of California at Los Angeles. Klein originally came to UCLA from Servite High School in Anaheim, California, the same high school that produced Steve Buechele, Ben Francisco, Ryan Garko, Marc Rzepczynski, and Brian Wolfe, among others. Klein was known as much for his football exploits as his baseball exploits in high school, as he was a nationally-recruited quarterback. However, he chose not to commit to a school for football, and the Orioles selected him in the twenty-fourth round of the 2007 draft. He didn’t sign and headed to UCLA, where he played a small bullpen role before going down with shoulder soreness halfway through his freshman year. He ended up missing the rest of that season and the following season, never having surgery, and he came into the spring without high hopes for the draft as a redshirt sophomore. However, he exploded onto the scene this year with solid stuff, and he’s a potential setup man at the next level with plenty of pitchability. His fastball is an above-average pitch that sits 92-94, touching 96, and he commands it well to both sides of the plate. He throws a pair of breaking balls in a potential plus curveball and a solid-average slider, and he throws in a solid-average changeup for good measure. Such a pitch mix is usually only used by a starter, but with a deeper arsenal, he could become a multi-inning late-inning reliever for a team in need of a good arm. He has the talent to go as high as the supplemental first round, and he should be off the board by the end of the third round. The variation is due to his signability, as scouts are unsure how he’ll play his cards as a draft-eligible sophomore.