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January 13, 2021 09:36 AM
Branden Kline: Ends playing days
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline announced Wednesday via his personal Instagram account that he has retired from professional baseball.

A second-round pick of the Orioles in 2012, Kline had a slow climb through the Baltimore system due to a series of arm injuries, but he finally reached the big leagues in 2019. He ended up making 37 appearances for Baltimore across the past two seasons, posting a 5.48 ERA in 46 innings. After being outrighted off the 40-man roster in October, Kline likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal this winter if he wanted to keep his career going, but the 29-year-old apparently determined he was better off stepping away from the game.

October 30, 2020 05:40 PM
Branden Kline: Refuses outright assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and was released by the Orioles, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The 29-year-old elected free agency rather than heading back to Triple-A. Kline appeared in three games this season and gave up one run with seven strikeouts and three walks over five innings. He had a 5.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in a larger sample size (41 innings) during 2019.

October 29, 2020 03:36 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

Kline was shuffled between the major-league roster and the alternate training site in 2020, and he'll be cast off the 40-man roster heading into the offseason. The right-hander made three relief appearances during the abbreviated 2020 season, recording a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts over five innings.

September 23, 2020 03:56 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Back with big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Orioles recalled Kline from their alternate training site Wednesday.

He'll rejoin the Baltimore bullpen as a replacement for Evan Phillips (elbow), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Over 35 career relief appearances spanning 42.2 innings, Kline owns a 5.70 ERA.

September 17, 2020 07:32 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Optioned following Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was optioned to Baltimore's alternate training site following Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Rays.

Kline was called up for the first game of the day, but he'll head right back down after failing to make an appearance. He's pitched in one game this season, tossing 1.2 scoreless frames while allowing one hit and fanning three.

September 17, 2020 01:00 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Rejoins big-league club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was recalled from the alternate training site Thursday.

Kline made his major-league debut in early September and will rejoin the Orioles with less than two weeks left in the regular season. The 28-year-old should fill a low-leverage role out of the bullpen.

September 8, 2020 11:24 AM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Optioned to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was optioned to the team's alternate site Monday.

Kline was recalled for the team's weekend series, but he is being optioned so that Carson Fulmer can be activated. Kline appeared in one game, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out three.

September 4, 2020 02:20 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Recalled from alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline's contract was purchased by the Orioles on Friday.

The 28-year-old threw 41 innings in his debut season last year, posting a 5.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. He was expected to serve as the 29th man for Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees, but the placement of Alex Cobb (undisclosed) on the injured list led to Kline receiving a traditional promotion.

June 28, 2020 05:44 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Added to 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline will be a part of the Orioles' 60-man player pool this season.

Kline was outrighted off the 40-man roster back in February, but he is now eligible to pitch in the majors this season. He logged a 5.93 ERA in 41 MLB innings last season.

February 5, 2020 01:40 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.

Kline debuted as a 27-year-old last season, posting an unimpressive 5.93 ERA in 41 innings of work. Neither his 18.6 percent strikeout rate nor his 10.4 percent walk rate were particularly good.

January 30, 2020 02:20 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Dropped from 40-man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Thursday.

Kline broke into the majors in 2019 but struggled across 34 appearances, finishing with a 5.93 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 34:19 K:BB across 41 innings. Pat Valaika was claimed off waivers in a corresponding roster move.

September 1, 2019 08:40 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Called up from Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Orioles recalled Kline from Triple-A Norfolk ahead of Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Royals.

Kline has previously logged 25 appearances out of the Baltimore bullpen this season, posting a 7.44 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 32.2 innings. He's unlikely to consistently receive high-leverage work in September.

August 12, 2019 04:44 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Orioles optioned Kline to Triple-A Norfolk ahead of the second game of Monday's doubleheader with the Yankees, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

Kline worked the seventh inning of the Orioles' 8-5 loss in the first game of the twin bill, giving up a run on one hit and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander, who owns a 7.44 ERA over his 25 appearances at the big-league level this season, was sent out to Triple-A to clear room on the roster for pitcher Ty Blach, who was recalled to start the nightcap.

August 3, 2019 05:44 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Back in big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday.

Kline has shuffled between Norfolk and Baltimore throughout the season. He hasn't been good at either level, posting a 6.18 ERA in the majors and an even-worse 7.80 mark with Norfolk. Jose Rondon was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

July 23, 2019 10:24 AM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Orioles optioned Kline to Triple-A Norfolk following Monday's 6-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

After a short start by Aaron Brooks, Kline helped save the bullpen by covering 2.1 scoreless frames in relief. The Orioles' decision to send Kline back to the minors after the stellar outing is likely just a means of exchanging him for a fresh arm. Expect Baltimore to recall another reliever from Triple-A prior to Tuesday's contest.

July 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Recalled from Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday.

Kline has a 6.75 ERA in 25.1 innings in the majors this season. He should pitch in low-leverage situations. Keon Broxton was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

July 1, 2019 11:12 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Sent back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline (1-4) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk and failed to record an out Monday against the Rays. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game.

Kline entered the contest with a one-run lead, but he gave up a three-run blast in the sixth inning and the Rays would end up securing a 6-3 victory. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 6.75 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 25.1 innings this season in the big leagues, and his latest performance understandably resulted in a demotion.

June 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Rejoins Orioles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline was recalled from Double-A Bowie on Friday.

Kline was optioned to the minors in early June but makes his return to the majors two weeks later. The 27-year-old had a decent start to the season with a 3.95 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 13.2 innings, but he allowed runs in five consecutive outings prior to his demotion.

June 8, 2019 04:36 PM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Shuttled to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline (1-3) allowed one run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning and took the loss Friday night against the Astros. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

Kline has allowed at least one run in each of his last five outings, so the Orioles have elected to demote him until he can figure things out. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.

May 28, 2019 10:20 AM
Orioles' Branden Kline: Candidate for save chances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kline could see some save opportunities in the near future with Mychal Givens temporarily demoted to a low-leverage role, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

Givens' recent struggles have led to a change in the Orioles' ninth-inning plans. Kline has been working a fairly high-leverage role already, so he could get the chance to close some games until Givens sorts himself out. Kline's 4.30 ERA doesn't seem like classic closer material, but the bar to be an Orioles' closer is quite low these days, and his 25.0 percent strikeout rate and 6.7 percent walk rate are at least both better than average.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2021BAL00---00000000000000
2020BAL001.803000005.02110037
2019BAL145.93340000141.0442827911934
Total145.4800000146.0462928912241
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SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2021BAL000---00000------0---
2020BAL0350.6000000.1181.000209.00
2019BAL040440.9000003.2751.53718314.05
Total043490.9000003.2601.47820313.50
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2012ASX-Aberdeen Ironbirds 12.0440000124124.501.333
2013AFX-Delmarva Shorebirds 35.17701203214415.901.567
2014AFA-Frederick Keys126.22323086095321433.851.387
2014AA-Bowie Baysox 16.2330020911186.111.790
2015AA-Bowie Baysox 39.18803302719353.681.381
2018AFA-Frederick Keys 20.21200102233201.341.139
2018AAX-Bowie Baysox 45.0320044154815321.801.044
2019AAX-Bowie Baysox 3.03001004210.001.000
2019AAA-Norfolk Tides 21.018001122713276.861.905
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/210
Birthdate:
09/29/1991
Age:
30
Hometown:
Frederick, MD
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Baltimore Orioles
College:
Virginia
MLB Experience:
0