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 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).