Dan Klein was ranked #5 last year, but he’s had quite a few shoulder issues, so he’s dropped to #10 just by not playing, I suppose. It’s not his fault at all, and to be honest, we could really, really use a replacement for Kevin Gregg. Dan might just be that replacement. In 2011, he pitched in a total of 16 games between Frederick and Bowie, but after May 1st he was shelved and he finally had a labrum tear fixed and his shoulder capsule loosened in August. He’s expected to be back by June, so here’s hoping.
Here he is pitching against my beloved Stanford Cardinal:
Klein has the best changeup in the Orioles’ system, according to BA, which is always a good sign. He also has a plus curveball and his fastball sits at 91-93 mph. Since his surgery went well, he might have better range of motion in his arm now, which could add a little extra zip and versatility. He may be 23, but he’s already in AA Bowie, so he’s likely on the fast track to the Majors once he recovers. You never know, we might get a sneak peek this September.