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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Jason King anchored his college infield; Played four pro seasons, briefly made AAA

The Washington State Cougars looked to have an improved infield with transfer shortstop Jason King on their squad for 1990, The Spokane Spokesman-Review wrote.

King, The Spokesman-Review wrote, "is being counted on to anchor the infield."

King anchored it well enough that year to get drafted into the pros. His pro career ultimately lasted four seasons. He briefly made AAA.

King's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Mets in the 21st round of the draft out of Washington State.

At Washington State that spring, King went 5 for 5 against Concordia Lutheran in a March contest. He then knocked in a run on a single in another March contest. 

King started with the Mets at short-season Pittsfield. He got into 51 games and hit .245. He doubled and scored in an August contest.

He moved to single-A Columbia for 1991. He hit .267 in 108 games there. He then played 1992 between four teams, Columbia, high-A St. Lucie, AA Binghamton and AAA Tidewater. 

He saw one game at Tidewater and went 1 for 2 and scoring twice. Overall, he got into 66 games and hit .259.

King played most of 1993 at single-A Capital City and also saw some time at St. Lucie. He hit .216 in 106 games to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,648
Made the Majors:1,250-34.3%
Never Made Majors:2,398-65.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:521
10+ Seasons in the Minors:308

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