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Virginia Baseball’s Branden Kline Retires

After a career beset by injuries, Kline calls it a career

Branden Kline was the top Cavalier draft pick and is yet to sign. I'm not sure he'll be at the Dav next year though. (Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE)
(Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE)

After a stellar career with the Virginia Cavaliers, Branden Kline was selected 65th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Since then, he has made appearances with the Orioles and been a mainstay with the Bowie Baysox and Norfolk Tides in the Orioles’ farm system.

Today, after a career beset with injuries, Kline called it a career.

Kline ended his MLB career with 37 appearances over two seasons including 34 in 2019. Over those two seasons, he registered a 5.48 ERA and a 1-4 record while making appearances for the Orioles out of the bullpen.

While some have followed his career, most UVA fans will remember him for his stellar time in the orange and blue from 2010-2012. A highly rated recruit from Frederick, Maryland, Kline was a two time All-ACC selection and his 18 saves in 2011 while helping UVA to their second College World Series appearance was an ACC record. His 21 career saves still ranks third overall in Virginia history. During his three years in Charlottesville, on top of those saves, he posted a 16-5 record, a 3.22 ERA, and struck out 206 batters in 201.1 innings.