Thomas Johnson graduate Branden Kline was designated Tuesday by the Orioles to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander was one of eight Orioles prospects named to the roster of the Surprise Saguaros of the Fall League. The team is also affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.
Kline, along with Frederick Keys players Tim Berry and Michael Ohlman, were the only Class A players for the Orioles named to the team. Kline is the only Low-A Orioles representative on the team. He plays for the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Keys are the High-A affiliate of the Orioles.
"It's a huge honor to be one of the representatives from the Orioles," Kline said on his Twitter account.
It has been a while since Kline last pitched in a professional game. He broke his right leg in May while performing conditioning drills between starts. He was expected to miss six to eight weeks for the Shorebirds, but just started running again Aug. 15.
Tuesday marked the first day he was able to throw off a mound after a wait of more than three months.
In his last start prior to breaking his leg, Kline struck out a career-high 13 batters. He was 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA in seven starts for the Shorebirds this season. He struck out 32, while allowing 41 hits and 14 walks over 35 1-3 innings.
The Arizona Fall League is comprised of six teams that play six games per week in the Phoenix area from October until mid-November. It features some of the best prospects in baseball. The season is scheduled to start Oct. 8.