Full name is Michael McRae King...Graduated from Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) High School, where he was named the 2013 Rhode Island Gatorade “Player of the Year” as a senior…was also a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American and the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Association “Player of the Year.”...In three seasons with Boston College (2014-16), went 11-11 with four saves and a 3.14 ERA (209.1IP, 73ER) in 47 games (27 starts)…his 3.14 career ERA ranks second all-time at Boston College.
Went 2-4 with a 3.55 ERA (63.1IP, 57H, 29R/25ER, 24BB, 62K, 6HR) in 22 games (six starts) in four stints with the Yankees (4/1-6, 4/16, 4/27-28, 5/1-10/3)…opponents hit .236 (57-for-242, 6HR); LH .256 (21-for-82, 4HR); RH .225 (36-for-160, 2HR)…made his second career Opening Day roster...In 16 relief appearances, went 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA (38.2IP, 10ER) and 42K compared to 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA (24.2IP, 15ER) and 20K in six starts...Was the first Yankees pitcher in franchise history to record at least four outs in each of his first 15 relief appearances of a season from 4/4-9/30 (previous record: Ron Davis’ 14G from 4/11-5/27/80)…Held opponents to a .207 average (30-for-145) as a reliever...Tossed at least 1.1 innings in 15 of his 16 relief appearances...Recorded multiple strikeouts in 11 of his 16 relief appearances, including seven straight from 5/25-9/25...His four scoreless relief appearances of at least 3.0 innings were the most by a Yankees reliever since Adam Warren (also four in 2013)...Tossed at least 4.0 scoreless innings of relief twice in 2021…was just the third Yankees reliever since 2006 to record multiple relief outings of at least 4.0 scoreless innings…joined Adam Warren (three in 2013) and Alfredo Aceves (two in 2009)…Did not allow a run in his first four appearances of the season from 4/4-5/9…was only the fourth Yankees reliever in franchise history to toss more than an inning and not allow a run in each of his first four relief appearances of a season, joining Rich Monteleone (first five relief appearances in 1992), Luis Arroyo (first five relief appearances in 1961) and Hal Reniff (first four relief appearances in 1964)...His season-opening 12.2 scoreless inning streak was the longest scoreless inning streak of his career...Made his season debut on 4/...vs. Toronto and tossed 6.0 scoreless innings in relief, retiring his final 16 batters faced (1H, 1BB, 3K)…marked a career high in innings pitched (previous: 4.0IP in a start on 9/4/20 at Baltimore-G1)…matched the longest scoreless appearance by a Yankees reliever since 2006: also Kei Igawa on 4/28/07 vs. Boston (2H, 4BB, 6K) and Adam Warren on 6/13/13 at Oakland (4H, 2BB, 4K)…was the first Yankee to toss at least 6.0 scoreless innings in relief while allowing 1H-or-fewer since Bob Shirley on 9/21/86 at Detroit (6.0IP, 0H, 2BB, 3K)…became the first Yankee to retire at least 16 straight batters in his season debut since Ron Guidry on 4/5/79 vs. Milwaukee (also 16 in-a-row)…was the first Yankee to retire at least 16 consecutive batters in relief since Neil Allen on 5/31/88 vs. Oakland (19 straight)—credit: Elias...Made his second appearance of the season on 4/16 vs. Tampa Bay, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings (2H, 3BB, 4K, 1HP)…became the 17th player in franchise history to toss at least 3.0 scoreless innings in each of his first two appearances of a season and first since Luis Severino in 2019…was just the third Yankee to accomplish the feat as a reliever, joining Al Gettel in 1945 and Al Downing in 1967...Made his third appearance of the season on 4/28 at Baltimore, closing out the game with 2.0 scoreless innings (1H, 2K)…was just the 10th Yankees reliever in franchise history to toss at least 2.0 scoreless innings in each of his first three appearances of a season and the first since Domingo Germán (3G from 4/13-9/18/19)…only Hal Reniff had a longer streak (first four games in 1964)...Made his first start of the season on 5/30 at Detroit and took the loss (2.1IP, 3H, 4R/2ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR, 2HP)… marked his first start since 9/21/20 against Toronto in Buffalo...Made six starts for the Yankees from 5/30-6/28, going 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA (24.2IP, 15ER). Tossed an immaculate inning in the fourth inning on 6/...vs. Boston (L, 5.1IP, 6H, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 1HR)…King was one of two Yankees pitchers to throw an immaculate inning in 2021 as Chad Green threw one later in the season in Game 2 on 7/...vs. the Mets…according to Elias, the Yankees were just the third team in the last 20 seasons to have two immaculate innings in a single season, joining the 2019 Boston Red Sox (Chris Sale threw one on 5/8/19 and 6/5/19) and the 2017 Boston Red Sox (Craig Kimbrel on 5/11/17 and Rick Porcello on 8/9/17)…according to Elias, the Yankees have had six immaculate innings since 2000…King and Green are joined by Dellin Betances (8/2/17 vs. Detroit), Brandon McCarthy (9/17/1...at Tampa Bay), Iván Nova (5/29/13 vs. the Mets) and A.J. Burnett (6/20/09 at Florida)…Baseball Almanac notes that Ron Guidry (8/7/8...vs. Chicago-AL) and Al Downing (8/11/67 at Cleveland) have also thrown immaculate innings…his 5.1 innings marked the longest start of his career...Notched a career-high 9K over 4.0 scoreless innings of relief on 7/3 vs. the Mets (3H, 1BB)…was the 11th Yankees reliever in franchise history to notch 9K in a game and just the fourth since 1955, joining David Phelps (9K in 4.0IP on 4/26/13 vs. Toronto), Jay Howell (9K in 4.2IP on 4/6/83 at Seattle) and Steve Hamilton (11K in 8.1IP on 5/11/63 at Baltimore)…joins Phelps as the only two Yankees relievers who have recorded 9K in 4.0IP-or-fewer… marked his second scoreless relief appearance of at least 4.0 innings (also 6.0IP on 4/4/21 vs. Toronto)…was the first Yankees reliever to notch two such appearances in a season since Adam Warren recorded three in 2013...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 7/8 (retroactive to 7/5) with a right middle finger contusion…was transferred to the 60-day injured list on 7/27…missed 57 team games…in three rehab appearances (one start) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from 8/31-9/7, was 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA (5.2IP, 3ER) and 11K…was reinstated from the I.L. on 9/10...After being reinstated from the I.L. on 9/10, went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA (15.0IP, 5ER) and 15K in eight relief appearances...After allowing a one-out single to Javier Báez in the seventh inning on 9/10 at the Mets, did not allow a hitto his next 24...batters faced (1BB, 8K, 2HP) over a four-game span (9/10-21)...Retired nine of his 10BF on 9/1...at Baltimore, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief (1BB, 2K)...On 9/17 vs. Cleveland, retired all six batters he faced in relief (2.0IP, 3K)...Earned his first win of the season on 9/28 at Toronto, allowing 1ER in 2.2 innings of relief (2H, 1BB, 1K)...Earned his second win in as many appearances on 9/30 at Toronto, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief (1H, 1BB, 1K)...Allowed 3ER in 0.1IP on 10/2 vs. Tampa Bay (4H, 1K, 1HR), his shortest relief appearance of the season…allowed a solo HR to Brandon Lowe in the seventh, his first HR allowed since 6/28 vs. Los Angeles-AL.
Went 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA (26.2IP, 23ER) in nine games (four starts) in his only stint with the Yankees (7/23-9/21)...In four starts, went 0-2 with an 8.36 ERA (14.0IP, 13ER)…was 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA (12.2IP, 10ER) in five relief appearances…tossed at least 3.0 innings in six of his nine appearances overall (three starts)...Made his first career Opening Day roster... Made his season debut on 7/25 at Washington, allowing 4ER in 3.1IP (4H, 2K, 1HR)…entered the game in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs, allowing only one inherited runner to score...Served as the Yankees’ “opener” in Game 2 on 8/8 at Tampa Bay, allowing 3ER in 3.2IP (1H, 5BB, 4K) to record the loss…was his first career game started... Earned his first Major League win on 8/17 vs. Boston (3.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 2K, 1HP)...Tossed a career-high 4.0 innings in Game 1 on 9/4 at Baltimore, allowing 3ER without recording a decision in the start (4H, 2BB, 3K, 2HR, 1HP)...Made his postseason debut—and only playoff appearance—in ALDS Game 3 vs. Tampa Bay at Petco Park, tossing 2.0 perfect innings…struck out Brett Phillips (foul tip) in the eighth for his first career postseasons strikeout… was added to the Yankees’ postseason roster for the ALDS (was not on the AL Wild Card Series roster)...Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as having the “Best Control” among Yankees farmhands.
Saw his first Major League action, making just one appearance (2.0IP, 2H, 1R/0ER, 1K) in his only stint with the Yankees (9/19-29)...Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' active roster on 9/19...Made his Major League debut in 9/27 win at Texas, allowing 1R/0ER in 2.0IP (2H, 1K)..collected his first career strikeout (Shin-Soo Choo, swinging) in the eighth...Spent the first four months of the season on the minor league injured list..combined with the GCL Yankees West, short-season Single-A Staten Island, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to go 3-2 with a 5.48 ERA (46.0IP, 28ER) and 44K in 11 games (eight starts)...Also made two postseason appearances, one with the RailRiders (start at Durham on 9/6, L, 5.0IP, 6H, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, 2HR) and one with the Thunder (relief appearance at Bowie on 9/12, W, 4.0IP, 1H, 2BB, 5K)...Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee with the Yankees, but did not pitch.
Combined to go 11-5 with 2CG and a 1.79 ERA (161.1IP, 118H, 43R/32ER, 29BB, 152K, 8HR) in 25 games (24 starts) with Single-A Tampa (7GS), Double-A Trenton (12G/11GS) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6GS)… ranked second among all minor leaguers in ERA (min. 50.0IP)… his 5.24 K/BB ratio ranked sixth among all minor leaguers (min. 100.0IP)… was the lowest season ERA recorded by a Yankees farmhand (min. 20GS) since Dietrich Enns in 2016 (1.73 ERA with Trenton and Scranton/WB)… among Yankees farmhands, led in strikeouts and ERA and was second in wins… allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 21-of-24 starts… started the season with Single-A Tampa and was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star after going 1-3 with a 1.79 ERA (40.1IP, 8ER) in seven first-half starts… was promoted to Double-A Trenton on 5/19, where he went 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA (82.0IP, 19ER) with 76K… earned Eastern League "Pitcher of the Week" honors from 6/25-7/1 after throwing his first 9.0-inning complete game shutout win on 6/30 vs. New Hampshire (3H, 0BB, 11K)… went undefeated in his final 4GS with Trenton from 7/14-31, going 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA (28.0IP, 6ER) with 24K… was transferred to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 8/4 and went 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA (39.0IP, 5ER) with 31K with the RailRiders… allowed more than 1R in just one-of-six starts with the RailRiders and recorded a 16.1IP scoreless streak from 8/18-29… earned the International Leauge's August "Pitcher of the Month" honors after going 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA (33.0IP, 4ER) in five Aug. starts with the RailRiders… made two postseason starts for the RailRiders, going 0-1 with a 3.37 ERA (13.1IP, 5ER) with 12K… following the season, was named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Second Team… was named an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star… enters the 2019 season tabbed by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the Yankees system and to have the organization's "Best Control".
Went 11-9 with a a 3.14 ERA (149.0IP, 141H, 55R/52ER, 21BB, 106K, 14HR) in 26 games (25 starts) with Single-A Greensboro… was tied for second in the South Atlantic League in wins and ranked third in innings pitched and 10th in ERA… also posted the fifth-highest K/BB ratio (5.05) in the SAL (min. 100.0IP)… ranked third in ERA and wins among all Miami farmhands… posted a 2.08 ERA (60.2IP, 14ER) in 10 starts from 6/8-8/4.
In his professional debut, combined with the GCL Marlins, short-season Single-A Batavia and Single-A Greensboro to go 3-3 with a 4.11 ERA (30.2IP, 37H, 16R/14ER, 9BB, 20K) in 15 games (one start)… made his first four appearances with the GCL Marlins, going 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA (5.0IP, 11H, 6ER, 2BB, 3K) in four relief appearances… was transferred to Batavia on 7/16 and went 2-2 with one save and a 3.38 ERA (21.1IP, 22H, 8ER, 6BB, 15K) in 10 appearances (one start)… made his final appearance of the season with Greensboro on 9/2 (4.1IP, 4H, 2R/0ER,1BB, 2K).