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Trio of Cavaliers Taken on Day Two of MLB Draft

Three years ago, Branden Kline turned down the Boston Red Sox to play baseball at Virginia. Now the junior right-hander has been drafted again, by another American League East team.

The Baltimore Orioles took the Maryland native with the No. 65 overall pick in the second round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.

Kline was the first of three Cavaliers taken on the draft's second day. The Seattle Mariners selected junior shortstop Chris Taylor in the fifth round, pick No. 161 overall. Junior third baseman Stephen Bruno was picked at No. 224 overall in Round 7 by the Chicago Cubs.

Kline was a second-team All-ACC selection after going 7-3 with a 3.56 ERA as the Cavaliers' top starter this season.

The Red Sox took Kline in the sixth round when he was coming out of high school in 2009, but the right-hander chose to attend Virginia.

Kline is 16-5 in 70 appearances, including 23 starts, over his three-year Virginia career. He spent the 2010 season as the Cavaliers' closer, matching the school record with 18 saves and being named first-team All-ACC as a relief pitcher. The National College Baseball Writers Association named Kline a first-team All-American after the season.

Taylor is the fourth former Cavalier drafted by the Mariners in the past two years. Seattle selected lefty Danny Hultzen with the second overall pick in 2011, then catcher John Hicks in Round 4 and infielder Steven Proscia in Round 7.

Taylor hit .284 with 13 doubles, 13 triples, and five homers as the Cavaliers' leadoff man in 2012. He was one of two players to start all 59 games for Virginia this season.

Bruno bounced back from an injury that caused him most of the 2011 season to lead the Cavaliers in several statistical categories, including batting average (.370), slugging percentage (.559), on-base percentage (.424), and RBI (54). His six home runs were second on the team.


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