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[Interview] A Chat with Draft Prospect Charles King

Is your listed weight and size of 6’5 202 LBS still accurate?
“Right now I am 6’5” and weigh 210 pounds.”
When was the first time you realized you could do something with baseball?
“I think it was probably in my sophomore year. I had come in to close a high school game and hit 94 mph.”

Do you remember the first time you hit 90 MPH?
“The game above was the first time I hit over 90 mph.”

Do you play any sports competitively other than baseball, what would you say was your favorite sport growing up?
“I played basketball up until high school but quit to focus on baseball. I think I would say basketball because my dad coach both my sister and I and we really had a lot of fun through elementary and middle school.”

Did you have a favorite player growing up? Were there any players you looked up to?
“I don’t really have a favorite player. I like to watch all types of pitchers to see how they use their styles to be successful. I really admire Jake Arietta. He played for a few year for TCU which is where I am committed. I am really impressed by his story of how he went to Baltimore and hit a slump because of trying to change his mechanics and some other issues. The fact that he never gave up, always worked to make himself better and is now throwing no hitters is a real inspiration to me.”

Can you give me a detailed description of your arsenal?
“I have a low 90s two seam fastball, lot of arm side run, pretty much a sinker, changeup that I have worked to improve this last year, hard breaking slider, and working on a larger breaking curve ball.”

What major leaguer, past or present, do you think your game resembles?
“Not sure about that.”

What is your outward demeanor on the mound?
“I try to take one pitch at a time and execute every pitch to the best of my ability.”

What would you say has been your best baseball moment so far?
“I had the opportunity to play in the Perfect Game All American at Petco park last August. It was incredible to be around so many talented players from around the country and to also play for a cause; Rady’s Childrens Hospital.”

How much have you been thinking about the draft?
“I have been trying to focus on the games in front of me. We are doing well in my high school season and I am taking it one day at a time.”

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How many teams have you heard from?
“All of them.”

Are the Yankees one of the teams that have shown interest?
“Yes I have received their questionnaire.”

What goes into deciding between turning pro or heading to college?
“There are so many variables to consider that it is hard to express. At this point I am just looking at all of my options and evaluating my best opportunity moving forward.”

Did you have a favorite Major League team/player growing up?
“My parents grew up in Pittsburgh so I grew up loving the Pirates, the Steelers and the Penguins.”

Why did you pick TCU, what other schools showed interest?
“I received interest from several schools including Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, Virginia, most Big 12 teams and TCU. I picked TCU because the school had everything I wanted. They have a great coaching staff with Coach Schlossnagle, Coach Saarloos, and Coach Mo and the team has been very successful. It is in a district where my parents and sister can watch me play and the school itself is really nice. I feel like I will get the best of both in baseball and academics.”

Is playing professionally out of high school something that interests you, or are you completely locked into TCU?
“I am looking forward to playing for TCU but am keeping all of my options open.”

How do you deal with the pressure that comes along with these two amazing opportunities—pro, or college baseball– you have in front of you? How do you balance that pressure with just trying to be a normal high school teenager?
“The pressure can be pretty tough at times. You just have to make time to go out and do other things you enjoy like hanging out with friends, or playing another sport so you don’t get burned out. Baseball season is a long one so you have to pace yourself and realize you can’t put to much pressure on yourself if you want to make it through. I love baseball so I just try to go out to each game and enjoy the sport I love playing.”

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