Height: 6ft 2 in Weight: 190 lb
Born: 7/27/1988 Position: Right Handed Relief/Starting Pitcher
Acquired: Selected by Baltimore in the 24th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. Selected again in the 3rd round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft
Starter or reliever? Dan Klein has four pitches that he can throw for strikes, so that tends to make one believe he will be a starter. However due to his injury history, shoulder soreness in college that resulted in exploratory surgery, Klein worked out of the UCLA bullpen as the teams closer where he opened eyes with his dominance. Originally drafted in the 24th round by Baltimore in 2007, Klein decided to attend UCLA instead. Not to be deterred, the Orioles took Klein again in the 2010 draft, signing him for $419,000. Used exclusively as a reliever, the popular thought is that the Orioles will work with him to build up arm strength so that he can be developed as a starter, which would seem to fit his pitch arsenal. Pitchers who can throw four pitches for strikes are generally wasted in the bullpen. Klein's bread and butter is a two seam fastball that sits in the low to mid 90s. He compliments it with a slider, change-up and curve. It would be good for him to stay healthy this season and have continued success at AA Bowie, but right now it seems that building innings is going to be the tough part as he has been shut down with some shoulder soreness that has been diagnosed as a SLAP tear of his labrum.