CALL-UPS: September 17-September 30, 2019

Michael King (RHP, NYY)

The players covered in this column are only those who have not exceeded 50 IP / 130 AB in their MLB career, or exceeded 45 non-September days on the MLB roster, and who have not already been written up earlier in 2019. Find previous Call-up profiles on News tab of the player's PlayerLink page. 

Contributing writers: Chris Blessing, Rob Gordon, Nick Richards, Matthew St-Germain, and Andy Smith.


September 20, 2019

Michael King (RHP, NYY)
Michael King has been called to take Domingo German's place on the roster while German goes on administrative leave. The 24-year-old King didn't start to pitch this year until early July as he recovered from a stress reaction in his right elbow. Since July, he worked his way back to Triple-A again, and once again began pitching as Michael King usually does. Standing 6'3" and weighing 210, King has been ready for the majors since last year. He has a nice four-pitch mix that he delivers with an easy three-quarter delivery. His FB is his plus pitch, a low-90s two-seamer with great movement. His cutter and change-up are both decent pitches in the mid-to-upper 80s and good fade that play off his fastball. His slider is his worst pitch, but is still effective enough. The sum of the package is not that of a top prospect, but he is very likely to reach a back-of-the-rotation level. With experience he could be a No. 5 starter and soon a No. 4. He probably won't ever be more than that, but with his great control, he won't hurt himself and he likely will help his team. With the Yankees he will need to wait for an opening, and now there's a small one. He will use the final week to show what he can do in the majors.
2019 STATS: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) – 4 g, 3 gs, 3-1, 4.18 ERA, 23.2 IP, 2.3 Ctl, 10.6 Dom, 4.7 Cmd, 3 HR, .227 oppBA, 1.099 WHIP
Trenton (AA) – 3 g, 2 gs, 0-1, 9.95 ERA, 12.2 IP, 1.4 Ctl, 5.7 Dom, 4.0 Cmd, 1 HR, .351 oppBA, 1.737 WHIP
OTHER COVERAGE: No. 10 on the Yankees Organization Report
CURRENT ROLE: Middle reliever
POTENTIAL: #4 starter


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Scale of (1-10) representing a player’s upside potential

10 - Hall of Fame-type player
9 - Elite player
8 - Solid regular
7 - Average regular
6 - Platoon player
5 - Major League reserve player
4 - Top minor league player
3 - Average minor league player
2 - Minor league reserve player
1 - Minor league roster filler

Scale of (A-E) representing the player’s realistic chances of achieving their potential

A - 90% probability of reaching potential
B - 70% probability of reaching potential
C - 50% probability of reaching potential
D - 30% probability of reaching potential
E - 10% probability of reaching potential

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