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King Named Pinstriped Prospect’s Prospect Breakout Player of the Year

Throughout the month of September, we have hosted various polls on Pinstriped Prospects so that our readers may help us name the top players throughout the system during the 2018 season.  The fans have spoken and named right-handed pitcher Michael King the 2018 Pinstriped Prospects Breakout Player of the Year.

With a total of 68% of the vote, King beat out Dom Thompson-Williams and several others to win the honor.

The 23-year-old from Rochester, New York was acquired by the Yankees before the season in a trade with the Miami Marlins which saw lefty Caleb Smith and infielder Garrett Cooper go to Miami.

King started his season in the Florida State League, where he was 1-3 with a 1.79 ERA in seven starts for the Tampa Tarpons.  He struck out 45 batters in 40 1/3 innings pitched, allowing just eight earned runs.  He was then promoted to Double-A on May 19.

With the Trenton Thunder, he was 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts, striking out 76 batters in 82 innings pitched.  On August 4 he was promoted yet again, this time to Triple-A.  He was even better with the RailRiders where he was 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in six starts, striking out 31 batters in 39 Innings.

In total, he threw 161 1/3 innings, which is a career-high.  Throughout the season he hit double-digit strikeouts in three games, striking out 11 batters on May 3 and June 30, while striking out 10 batters on July 6.

King led the entire Yankees farm system in innings pitched and strikeouts, while being second behind Nick Nelson in games started and second behind Adonis Rosa in total victories.

In all, it was a somewhat successful first season with the Yankees for Michael King.  One that got him noticed by fans and the industry in general.

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