Florida Instuctional League Game 10/3/13 - Rehab start Kline
The game was originally supposed to start at 1pm but was moved ahead to 10am due to the weather forecast. The Orioles were in town from Sarasota and brought their low level prospects but the same can also be said for Twins. Apparently from what I could gather is that the higher level prospects (A+ and some A-) wouldn't be involved much in team play and a few had already left Camp. So the game was played by mainly young international signings, SS players and draft picks. The crowd was peppered by a few former great baseball players in Twins instructor Paul Monitor who has been working with the infielders on charging the ball. Also in the stands was Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez who was there to watch his son Dereck play the outfield.
2012 2nd round pick Branden Kline made the rehab start for the Orioles and had a solid performance as this was his last of the instructional league. His fastball was 90-92 mph and topped at 94 and was rather flat and straight. The slider looked good at 79-82 mph with nice bite. He only showed his changeup twice which registered 78-80 mph. Overall, Kline went three innings, striking out three, walking two and giving up a two singles. His control of the fastball was very shaky and definitely commanded his slider the best of his pitches . Kline wasn't impressive overall but seems like someone who has the ability to be an end of the rotation guy if everything clicks or mid-relief.
Unfortunately, the FIL ends on Tuesday.
The Orioles have some of the most amazing software I've seen at these Instructional games, especially for a traveling team. Just goes to prove that these games mean at least something to someone. I wish this picture got bigger on here as you can see all the touch screen capabilities and how the machine breaks down each at bat. On the other hand, the Twins (and most clubs) use a handheld camera very much to what I'm shooting with.
I forgot to include that former top Orioles' positional prospect Mychal Givens threw the ninth for the O's and struck out the side fanning Engelb Vierma, Adam Walker, and Pimiental in 17 pitches. They didn't really have a chance as he was hitting 93-95 mph with an 85-87 mph slider.