Hindsight 2020: Kline becomes county’s highest drafted baseball player in 2012 | Hindsight


Tuesday, June 5, 2012, proved to be one of the hallmark days in Frederick County baseball history as Gov. Thomas Johnson High School graduate Branden Kline was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. Selected near the beginning of the second round as the 65th overall pick, Kline became the first baseball player from the county to be drafted that high.

It wasn’t the pitcher’s first flirtation with the big leagues. Three years prior, in 2009, Kline was drafted by the Boston Red Sox, his favorite MLB team. Yet after some consideration, he decided to opt for a career playing college ball at the University of Virginia, where he amassed a 16-5 record over three seasons.

He told The Frederick News-Post at the time that it was a mixture of factors that led to his decision to forego his senior season at the University of Virginia. Among them was the ability for his parents to see him pitch in the minor leagues as most of the O’s minor league franchises are within driving distance of Frederick — including, of course, his hometown Frederick Keys, the Class A affiliate of the…

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