Michael King
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries throughout the Yankees' rotation presented King a chance to make an impact at the big-league level last season. However, he couldn't take advantage of the opportunity, ending the campaign with a 7.76 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over 26.2 innings. King's 5.09 xFIP implies he wasn't quite as bad as the surface numbers suggest, but it was nonetheless a disappointing showing in light of the team's need for pitching help. Despite yielding relatively modest hard-contact numbers, King was stung by both a high BABIP (.325) and high home-run rate (1.69 HR/9). Perhaps that provides an avenue for improvement, but King will also need to bring down last season's 9.1 BB%, especially given his low strikeout ceiling. He'll turn 26 years old in May, so the organization is likely more interested in seeing what King can do now than in further development. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
Lasts 3.2 innings
PNew York Yankees
June 10, 2021
King didn't factor into the decision Thursday against the Twins after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks across 3.2 innings, He struck out three.
ANALYSIS
King has shifted between the bullpen and the rotation this season and while his recent outings have been underwhelming, he still owns a 3.77 ERA across 10 appearances (three starts) in 2021. The right-hander has a good shot at staying in the rotation for the upcoming few weeks with Corey Kluber (shoulder) sidelined through the All-Star break, but he'll need to show more in his upcoming outings to remain in the rotation. King tentatively lines up to start next week against the Blue Jays on the road.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
51
Last 10 Games
51
Last 5 Games
57
How many pitches does Michael King generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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121+
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Michael King generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .231 110 24 15 21 6 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .276 158 31 9 40 6 1 4
2021vs Left .200 50 10 6 8 2 0 1
2021vs Right .266 88 18 7 21 4 0 2
2020vs Left .255 56 13 9 12 4 0 3
2020vs Right .295 65 13 2 18 2 1 2
2019vs Left .250 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .200 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.77 1.32 31.0 1 1 0 7.3 2.3 1.2
Since 2019Away 7.22 1.53 28.2 0 4 0 9.4 5.0 1.3
2021Home 2.41 1.18 18.2 0 1 0 7.2 2.4 1.0
2021Away 5.84 1.62 12.1 0 2 0 9.5 5.8 0.7
2020Home 5.84 1.54 12.1 1 0 0 7.3 2.2 1.5
2020Away 9.42 1.53 14.1 0 2 0 10.0 5.0 1.9
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0.00 1.00 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 0.0 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Michael King compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.15
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
3.8
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
3.77
 
WHIP
1.35
 
BABIP
.304
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Left On Base
71.4%
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2286 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.8%
 
Swinging Strike
8.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
King missed a good chunk of 2019 with a stress reaction in his elbow and ended up pitching fewer than 50 innings on the season. Over his four-year minor-league career, King has a 2.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, with a stingy 1.6 walks-per-nine-innings rate. He doesn't have one particularly great pitch, but a handful of pitches with excellent command help him get enough strikeouts to work as a starting pitcher. It's easy to slap a Kyle Hendricks label on him with those types of numbers, but that is unfair to King given the fact he has all but two innings of major-league experience to his name. King may lack the upside of other pitchers, but the tools are there for him to be a successful back-end starting pitcher in the major leagues, with the right defense and run support behind him. If it doesn't work out in the rotation, his lack of velocity (91 mph sinker is his fastest pitch) limits his ceiling as a reliever.
King spent time at each of the three highest levels of the minors last season, posting good numbers at each stop. In 24 total starts and one relief appearance, the 23-year-old recorded a stellar 1.79 ERA. He backed that number up with excellent peripherals, striking out 24.4% of opposing batters while walking just 4.4%. The breakout season was something of a surprise for a pitcher who hadn't recorded a strikeout rate higher than 17.8% at any prior minor-league stop and who was a 12th-round pick in 2016. He had hardly any hype when the Yankees acquired him in exchange for Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith last offseason, but New York has one of the best reputations for player development in the league, so there's reason to believe his improvements will stick. Grades on his stuff remain mediocre, but it's possible he gets a shot as a control-first back-end starter as soon as this summer.
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Awarded second straight start
PNew York Yankees
June 10, 2021
King is slated to start Thursday's game against the Twins.
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Gives up four runs in loss
PNew York Yankees
June 4, 2021
King (0-3) allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while striking out five in 5.1 innings to take the loss against the Red Sox on Friday.
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Starting Friday
PNew York Yankees
June 3, 2021
King will start Friday's game against the Red Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Takes loss Sunday
PNew York Yankees
May 30, 2021
King (0-2) was tagged with the loss Sunday against the Tigers after allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks while fanning two across 2.1 innings.
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Starting Sunday
PNew York Yankees
May 29, 2021
King will start Sunday against the Tigers, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
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