July 26, 2021

What prospect Michael King can bring to the Yankees’ rotation (Pinstripe Alley)

While the Yankees are first focused on relief pitchingTim Hill and Blake Treinen, come on down – the team still needs their rotation gaps filled. Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery will fill the first four slots, but there’s real discussion about whether J.A. Happ should be the fifth starter, relegated to the bullpen, or should simply be part of a payroll-cutting move. Even if Happ is in the rotation, you can never have too much pitching depth, and the Yankees will inevitably need extra arms ready to go once a starter hits the injured list.

Enter Michael King. The righty will be in his age-25 season in 2020, and after progressing through an injury of his own, King made his major-league debut in late September. King could have a major role to play in the team’s rotation with a strong spring training and bad injury luck on the depth chart.

What will he look like? King’s game is all about command and contact – he’s run a groundball rate at about 45% at every level of the minors with both Miami and the Yankees, and balanced that with a huge jump in strikeout rate once settling in with Triple-A Scranton. If you figure that K-BB% is…

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