New Dawg in the dugout for 2004 World Series

Baseball: Lanky lefty Tyrell King brings hellacious change up to Okotoks

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 06:00 am

Tyrell King, here pitching for the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas, will be coming home to Canada to pitch for the Dawgs.
Tyrell King, here pitching for the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas, will be coming home to Canada to pitch for the Dawgs.
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An Okotoks Dawgs potential ace knows playing in front of a full-house and pressure is all in the Cards when you step on the mound.

After all, Dawgs lanky lefthander Tyrell King saw that pressure when he sat in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout to watch his stepdad Ray King pitch to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

“Renteria, Edmonds, Walker, Pujols, you name it, they were there,” Tyrell said with a chuckle.

“It was crazy. What I always remember, whoever was pitching, hearing the whistle of that ball — how I want to do that and have all those fans cheering for me at the World Series.”

Unfortunately, his stepdad didn’t get the ring, despite giving up no runs in his 2.2 innings pitched over three games. The Sox swept the Cards in four games.

However, more important than a ring, he passed on his love of baseball to Tyrell.

“He showed me the ins-and-outs of baseball,” Tyrell said. “Just being around all those big leaguers, I’ve kind of seen it all. That’s made me even hungrier to be the best I can be.”

The 20-year-old King is returning to Big Rock Country after putting up impressive numbers with the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas last spring in Arizona. He had a 3-2 record with a 3.69 ERA and 70 K’s in 70.2 inning.

“I got the call from the Dawgs and I said yes right away,” said King, who was born in Calgary.

“I left Calgary when I was five or six, but a lot of my family is there… but I didn’t know where was Okotoks was until I looked it up.”

King describes himself as a “lanky left-hander with good movement on his fastball.” However batters trying to get comfortable to his heater which has touched 90mph, are in for a rude change of pace.

“I have been calling my change-up, my moneymaker,” King said. “I can throw my change-up on any count. I don’t need a certain set up. I will throw it at 0-0 or 3-0 — it is my pitch.”

King’s moneymaker has similar motion than his fastball, but it drops at the plate like a dinner biscuit rolling of a table.

He has already garnered big league attention.

King was drafted by the Chicago White Sox last year, but opted to finish get his two-year degree with Paradise Valley. He is currently the 13th ranked Canadian by hall-of-fame sports reporter Bob Elliott for the Major League draft in June

He is taking it all in stride.

“Rankings are rankings and people have their opinions, but that is not going to stop me from doing what I have to do,” he said. “Getting drafted (last year) means my work has paid off.”

He’s not worrying about the upcoming draft, he is more concerned about pitching in front of family and the rabid Dawgs fans in Okotoks.

He is hoping to be on the bump for the Dawgs’ home opener on June 5 (check this) against the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

When he sets foot in Okotoks it won’t be for the first time.

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An Okotoks Dawgs potential ace knows playing in front of a full-house and pressure is all in the Cards when you step on the mound.

After all, Dawgs lanky lefthander Tyrell King saw that pressure when he sat in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout to watch his stepdad Ray King pitch to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

“Renteria, Edmonds, Walker, Pujols, you name it, they were there,” Tyrell said with a chuckle.

“It was crazy. What I always remember, whoever was pitching, hearing the whistle of that ball — how I want to do that and have all those fans cheering for me at the World Series.”

Unfortunately, his stepdad didn’t get the ring, despite giving up no runs in his 2.2 innings pitched over three games. The Sox swept the Cards in four games.

However, more important than a ring, he passed on his love of baseball to Tyrell.

“He showed me the ins-and-outs of baseball,” Tyrell said. “Just being around all those big leaguers, I’ve kind of seen it all. That’s made me even hungrier to be the best I can be.”

The 20-year-old King is returning to Big Rock Country after putting up impressive numbers with the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas last spring in Arizona. He had a 3-2 record with a 3.69 ERA and 70 K’s in 70.2 inning.

“I got the call from the Dawgs and I said yes right away,” said King, who was born in Calgary.

“I left Calgary when I was five or six, but a lot of my family is there… but I didn’t know where was Okotoks was until I looked it up.”

King describes himself as a “lanky left-hander with good movement on his fastball.” However batters trying to get comfortable to his heater which has touched 90mph, are in for a rude change of pace.

“I have been calling my change-up, my moneymaker,” King said. “I can throw my change-up on any count. I don’t need a certain set up. I will throw it at 0-0 or 3-0 — it is my pitch.”

King’s moneymaker has similar motion than his fastball, but it drops at the plate like a dinner biscuit rolling of a table.

He has already garnered big league attention.

King was drafted by the Chicago White Sox last year, but opted to finish get his two-year degree with Paradise Valley. He is currently the 13th ranked Canadian by hall-of-fame sports reporter Bob Elliott for the Major League draft in June

He is taking it all in stride.

“Rankings are rankings and people have their opinions, but that is not going to stop me from doing what I have to do,” he said. “Getting drafted (last year) means my work has paid off.”

He’s not worrying about the upcoming draft, he is more concerned about pitching in front of family and the rabid Dawgs fans in Okotoks.

He is hoping to be on the bump for the Dawgs’ home opener on June 5 (check this) against the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

When he sets foot in Okotoks it won’t be for the first time.

“Tyrell was in Okotoks when he was very young, but he doesn’t remember,” said Tyrell’s mom, Cherie, not long after her son bought her Mother’s Day breakfast in the Phoenix area.

“I think it is really cool that his family can actually get to watch him play a game of baseball.

“His whole life he’s played ball in the U.S. and never had the chance to play in front of family in Calgary.”

He is also looking forward to the upcoming season.

“I am excited and I hope everyone in Okotoks is excited,” King said. “Arizona baseball is very competitive and I want to bring that competitiveness up to Okotoks.

“I’m ready to win a title with Okotoks.”

Their first home game is June 1 when they travel to Medicine Hat to take on the Mavericks, before hosting the Mavs for the Seaman Stadium home-opener.

The Mavs ended the Dawgs season last year in the Western division final.

The Mavericks went on to lose the Western Major Baseball League final to the Melville Millionaires.

For more information go to www.dawgsbaseball.ca or call 403-262-DAWG.


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