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Friday, February 14, 2014

Doug King got his breaking ball over in college; Saw three pro seasons, made single-A

Mike Lane's University of North Alabama could do little in the first game of this February 1989 doubleheader.

That's because Delta State's Doug King was on his game, giving up just four hits, The Florence Times Daily wrote.

"Although we didn't make some plays defensively, the difference in the first game was their pitcher," North Alabama coach Mike Lane told The Times Daily. "He threw the ball well considering the time of year this game was played. He got his breaking ball over and competed real well."

King went from Delta State that year to the pros. His pro career, though, wasn't as successful. King played just three seasons, never making AA.

King's career began that year, signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent out of Delta State.

At Delta State, King was described by The Times Daily as leading the staff. By mid-May, he had a record of 9-2, with a 3.72 ERA. He'd also struck out 74. It was enough for him to be named to the all-conference team.

With the Reds, King started with the rookie Gulf Coast League. In 13 outings, nine starts, King went 3-3, with a 3.12 ERA.

For 1990, he split time between single-A Charleston and single-A Cedar Rapids. Between the two, he got 43 relief outings, no starts. He posted a 3.94 ERA and had a record of 3-7.

King returned to Charleston for 1991, returning to part-time starter. In 30 outings, 14 starts, King went 6-2, with a 3.45 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.

The rest of the 1990 Charleston Wheelers? Find out what happened to them

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,515
Made the Majors: 750 - 49.5%
Never Made Majors: 765-50.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 326
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 193 

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