The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Michael King on November 20 when they sent first baseman Garrett Cooper and left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith to the Miami Marlins for King and international bonus pool money.
King was the Marlins 12th round pick in the 2016 draft out of Boston College and signed for $100,000 on June 20, 2016. At the time he pitched mostly in the high 80s, topping out at 92. In college, he had an 11-11 record with a 3.14 ERA over 46 games, 27 starts, in three seasons. He struck out 151 batters in 209 innings pitched in college.
After signing, he made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Marlins where he was 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA in four games. He struck out three batters in five innings of work. He then went to pitch for the Batavia Muckdogs where he was 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games, one start, throwing 21 1/3 innings. He finished his 2016 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers where he pitched just 4 1/3 innings of relief in one game.
King returned to the Grasshoppers for the 2017 season, this time as a full-time starter. He was 11-9 with a 3.14 ERA, and 106 strikeouts in 149 innings pitched. He pitched two complete games for Greensboro and earned South Atlantic League pitcher of the week honors on April 16, 2017.
King has a low-90s fastball, that is mostly around 92-94 miles per hour but has touched as high as 96 on the radar gun. It has good sinking action thus inducing a lot of ground balls. He compliments his fastball with an above average slider and a developing changeup.
King will likely open the 2018 season with the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League. He pitched well for the Greensboro Grasshoppers and has earned the promotion to High-A.
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