Michael King

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Michael McRae King

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Biographical Information[edit]

Michael King, also called Mike King, was the 261st and last player to make his major league debut during the 2019 season when he pitched 2 innings for the New York Yankees on September 27th in a 14-7 win over the Texas Rangers. It was his only major league appearance of the year.

His first major league appearance came after four years in the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees organizations. Most notably, in 2018 he had a record of 11-5 largely as a starter with an ERA of 1.79. In 2019, he appeared in only 11 games at four minor league levels before coming to the majors, as he was injured for much of the season. He was acquired by the Yankees in return for 1B Garrett Cooper and P Caleb Smith after the 2017 season.

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he shuttled between the Yankees and their alternative training site, pitching in 9 games, including 4 starts, and logging 26 2/3 innings. He went 1-2, 7.76 and saw action in the postseason, pitching 2 innings in Game 3 of the Division Series on October 7th, in an 8-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He saw more major league action in 2021, once again in a swingman role, with 6 starts in 22 games. The results were better than the previous campaign, as he went 2-4, 3.55. The 2 wins were both against the Toronto Blue Jays at a key juncture of the season, on September 28th and 30th at the height of the race for a postseason slot, and were key to the Yankees finishing just one game ahead of Toronto. In both 2020 and 2021, he recorded almost one strikeout per inning: 26 in 26 2/3 innings the first years, and 62 in 63 innings the second. He also made 3 appearances in AAA with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2021, but did not take part in the Yankees' lone postseason game, a loss to the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card Game.

Mike continued to climb up the Yankee pitching ladder in 2022, securing a job a set-up man in the bullpen on the Opening Day roster. On April 14th, he had another memorable outing against Toronto, coming in to bail out closer Aroldis Chapman in the 9th after he had loaded the bases without retiring anyone, putting in peril a 3-0 lead. Michael came in at this point and needed just firve pitches to extinguish the fire, striking out George Springer on three pitches, then getting Bo Bichette to pop-up into a double play in shllow right field. It was his first career save. On April 22nd, he had another great outing, as he struck out 8 batters, including 7 in a row, in just three innings of relief in a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians.

"Mike King finished the 2018 season recognized as the Yankees minor league pitcher of the year . . ." - from an article about Mike King [1]

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