Mike King is just the second Boston College baseball player to be drafted in this year’s MLB Draft, after the Miami Marlins selected him in the 12th round with the 353rd pick.
The news adds to a great day for the Eagles pitcher.
The right-handed pitcher from Warwick, Rhode Island really made a name for himself this season. As a starter on Friday night, King set a new record for most innings pitched in a single season with a whopping 99 innings heading into the weekend. His 7-4 record is the most wins since 2010, and his 15 starts made him an important player along with first round pick Justin Dunn.
In his freshman season in Boston, King threw 43 innings, made three starts, and went 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA. In just this one year, King impressed many with his abilities, surrendering just 12 walks and striking out 35 times. King also recorded a pair of saves in that year.
During his sophomore season, King’s career continued to be on the rise. He became a starter during this year, but unfortunately only managed to go 1-5. His overall performance was good though, as he started 8 of his 14 appearances and threw a total of 62.1 innings. His strikeout total also jumped to 52, but King did manage to keep his total walks at the same level, even though he he threw for almost 20 additional innings.
In the following season, King had a 3.21 ERA and 27 walks, hitting career highs and and also setting a personal record of 58 strikeouts.
King is now in the same situation as fellow teammate Justin Dunn. Draft rights negotiation periods will remain open until July 15, but he must choose now as to whether or not he will sign a deal by that time. In signing, he gives up his last year of college eligibility and will become a pro. If not, King has one more season left as an Eagle.
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