From UVa and Liberty athletics:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Three Virginia baseball players were selected Tuesday in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Branden Kline (Jr., Frederick, Md.), Chris Taylor (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) and Stephen Bruno (R-So., Audubon, N.J.) all were picked Tuesday in the draft.
Kline was a second-round selection (65th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. Taylor was picked in the fifth round (161st overall) by the Seattle Mariners, and Bruno was selected in the seventh round (224th overall) by the Chicago Cubs. UVa has had 12 players selected in the top 10 rounds over the last three years and 20 total players overall over the past three seasons.
Kline was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2012 as a starting pitcher, as he went 7-3 with 3.56 ERA. In 93.2 innings, he struck out 94 batters and limited foes to a .241 batting average. Kline moved to the starting rotation this year after earning first-team All-America honors as a sophomore while serving as UVa's closer. He recorded an ACC-record 18 saves last year while helping UVa to the College World Series. In three years, Kline is 16-5 with a 3.22 ERA; in 201.1 innings he has struck out 206 batters.
Kline was drafted for the second time. He was a sixth-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2009 coming out of high school.
Taylor hit .284 with five home runs and 47 RBI in his junior campaign. He played in all 127 games for Virginia for the last two seasons. Taylor has played 156 games in a UVa uniform, with a .297 career batting average and 172 hits. He played some of his baseball during the NCAA tournament, with a .400 career average (22-for-55) in the postseason.
Taylor is the fourth Virginia player selected by Seattle in the last two years. Taylor joins four former Cavaliers currently in the Seattle organization (Andrew Carraway, John Hicks, Danny Hultzen, Steven Proscia).
Bruno had a huge 2012 season, batting .370 and finishing with 88 hits, which is tied for sixth most in a single season in program history. Twenty-three of his 88 hits were doubles, as he matched the single-season UVa doubles record.
LYNCHBURG, VA. - The Liberty Flames baseball program had three players selected during the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, Tuesday.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Parmley in the seventh round, while the Texas Rangers took pitcher John Niggli in the ninth round of the 201 Major League Baseball Draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected pitcher Blake Forslund (RUSTBURG H.S.) in the 15th round, the final round of the day.
With the selections of the trio, Liberty has had 49 players selected in the 39-year history of its program and had a player selected in every draft since 2000.
Parmley, who completed his career as a Flame this spring, becomes the highest Liberty draft pick since Jason Jones was taken by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Draft. The 235th pick of the draft, he becomes the second player in Liberty history to be selected by the Blue Jays. Left-hander Ryan Page was drafted by the same team in 20th round in 2008.
Parmley earned Big South All-Conference first team honors this past season, starting every game and serving leadoff hitter for the 41-19 Flames. The outfielder hit .312 with 66 runs scored, 26 RBIs and 30 stolen bases this past season. The Maltby, Wash., native posted single-season career highs in runs scored, RBIs, stolen bases, hits (78), doubles (10) and walks (36) during the 2012 season.
Parmley tied for the Big South Conference lead in runs scored and stolen bases, while ranking fifth in hits and second in walks. He finished his career with 57 stolen bases, placing the senior sixth on Liberty's all-time stolen bases list. In addition, his 66 runs scored during 2012 are the second most in a single season by a Flame.
NIggli, who completed his Flames' career this past season, becomes the highest Liberty pitcher to be taken in the MLB Draft since Jones in 2004. The 306th selection of the draft, the right-hander becomes the first Flame ever to be taken by Rangers.
Niggli posted a 9-4 record with one save and a 2.17 ERA in 2012. His nine wins and 2.17 ERA rank fifth on each of Liberty's single-season lists. He led the Big South with 103 2/3 innings pitched, while ranking second in the conference in wins and fourth in ERA. The Tulare, Calif., native was selected the Big South Pitcher of the Week three times during the year. (Feb. 19, Mar. 4 & Apr. 16).
This past year, Niggli was part of three shutouts, as the Flames set a Big South and school record for blanking in as season with 11. In two seasons at Liberty, Niggli fashioned a 2.86 career ERA, the lowest for pitchers who pitched 100 or more innings in Liberty history.
Forslund, the 483rd player selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, worked exclusively out of the Flames bullpen in 2012. The right-hander, who was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round of the 2011 Draft, becomes the third player selected by Arizona in program history. The Diamondbacks took third baseman Tyler Bream 42nd round in 2011 and right-hander Michael Solbach in both the 2006 (48th) and 2007 (19th) Drafts.
In his second year at Liberty after transferring from Virginia in 2010, Forslund made 20 appearances in 2012, recording a 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA over 33 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out 34 and walked 34. One of his 2012 wins came against his former team. The Rustburg, Va., native pitched 3 2/3 scoreless, hitless inning in Liberty's 8-0 win over then No. 14 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 28.