Orioles Prospect Profile #11: Daniel Klein

Orioles Prospect Profile #11: Daniel Klein

O's hope Klein is fully recovered from last season's shoulder injury.

Daniel Klein

Position: RHP

Height: 6'2”

Weight: 190 lbs

Born: 7/27/1988

Throws: Right

Bats: Right

Background:

The Orioles third round selection in the 2010 MLB amateur draft, Klein hails from one of the best known colleges in the country; UCLA.

He pitched in a select few games in his draft year as he threw five scoreless innings for short-season Aberdeen. In 2011, Klein started with high-A Frederick and pitched well as he compiled a 1.15 ERA in seven appearances out of the bullpen. The Orioles elevated him to Bowie as he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.08 ERA in nine appearances before he was shut down with a shoulder injury.

Scouting Report:

Klein touts a fastball that sits in the 92-94 mph range, a slider that has a hard bite to it especially to right-handed hitters, a curveball that ranges in the 76-79 mph range and a developing changeup in the mid-80s. His arsenal of pitches creates huge matchup problems for opposing managers late in games.

Klein has good composure on the mound and doesn't get rattled easily. In the A.L. East where pitchers suffer headaches facing those lineups, it's a good quality to own on the mound. He is a pitcher that throws strikes consistently and hits spots well. He is not likely to give up on any batter. Injury history is the only major concern moving forward.

Performance

                                                                                                                           

Level

Team

Games

Starts

W

L

ERA

K

BB

K/9

SO/BB

A+

Frederick

7

0

0

1

1.15

21

3

12.1

7.00

AA

Bowie

9

0

3

0

1.08

16

3

8.6

5.33


Health Record:

Shoulder surgery ended the 23-year-old's 2011 season prematurely as he first discovered soreness, but was in reality a tear in right labrum.

Klein also had shoulder issues in college as he missed part of his freshman year and the entire sophomore season with a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Future

Klein's future is bright as long as he can stay healthy. The ability to have a pitcher come out of the bullpen and throw three or four quality pitches is a huge advantage for the Orioles.

The California native will likely be a setup man or closer in the future. The injury history might prevent him from throwing an accelerated amount of innings.

Klein is expected to return during the summer of 2012. The set back will likely cost him a shot at the majors in 2012, but '13 is a lock if he can stay on the mound.

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