Height/Weight: 6’3”/195 lbs
One of college baseball’s elite relievers in 2011, Kline has made an impressive transition to the starting rotation this season. Although he started from time to time in his first two seasons at Virginia, 2012 marks the first time he’s worked exclusively as a starter.
The right-hander’s fastball works in the low-to-mid-90s with late life, and is complemented by a hard slider—both are at least above-average pitches. In preparation for his new role, Kline added a changeup that may ultimately be another above-average offering once he gains a better feel for it.
Virginia’s decision—and who doesn’t trust the Cavaliers when it comes to pitching?—to lengthen out Kline also saves an extra season of development in the minor leagues. However, he’ll still need to develop his changeup and consider adding a fourth pitch, so there’s a strong chance that Kline doesn’t reach the big leagues until 2016—at the earliest.