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- Big, strong body
- Mid-90s fastball (notice a trend yet?)
- Plus slider
- Slightly inconsistent and violent delivery
- Extremely raw prospect
- Must develop quality third pitch
The Mets drafted Michael Fulmer in the supplemental first round in 2011 for the price of nothing.
The Mets received the compensation draft pick when the New York Yankees signed Pedro Feliciano to a two-year, $10 million contract before the 2011 season. Feliciano did not throw a single pitch for the Yankees, as he spent two years rehabbing a shoulder injury. And to rub salt in the wound, Feliciano is back in the Mets’ minor league system this season.
As for Fulmer, there are two ways of viewing his current projection and output.
At 6’3” and 200 pounds, Fulmer is a big body with a plus fastball and slider, as well as enough command and control to project as a No. 3 starter, assuming he develops a good third pitch.
However, there are some who believe Fulmer has the making of another potential ace for the Mets.
In 2012, Fulmer dominated in High-A at the age of 19, when most professional pitchers are in rookie ball or Class-A at best. Fulmer finished that season at 7-6 with a 2.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a 101/38 K/BB ratio in 108.1 innings. Fulmer ranked fourth in the league in ERA and third in BAA at .227.
He recently finished just his second start of the season in a rookie league rehab assignment, but Fulmer does seem fully recovered from a torn meniscus that kept him out until now. And considering he has 13 strikeouts and just one walk in 12.0 innings, Fulmer seems just as commanding as he has ever been.
One could look at Fulmer’s slightly poor mechanics, inconsistent command and poor third pitch and see a good but not great prospect.
On the other hand, one could look at Fulmer’s dominant stats in High-A at just 19 years old and see a power pitcher with ace potential.
Only time will tell how successful Fulmer’s career is, but Mets fans are undoubtedly hoping to see the Fulmer that turns into another powerful ace for this club.
Stats and/or info via milb.com, mlb.com