Michael Fulmer

Position: RHP
Born: 3/15/1993
Height: 6'3
Weight: 200
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade, along with RHP Luis Cessa for OF Yoenis Cespedes (DET). Originally drafted in the supplemental first round (#44 overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYM).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts at Toledo (Triple-A), allowing seven runs, all earned, on 16 hits in 15.1 IP, walking five while striking out 20.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Toledo April 29 when RHP Shane Greene went on the DL.
MLB Debut Date: 4/29/2016

Debut Details
April 29, in a 9-2 win against the Twins. The starting pitcher, he earned the win with five strong innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on seven hits, walking one and striking out four. Backed by an 18-hit attack from his teammates, he threw 93 pitches, 61 for strikes and allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, with two outs, he gave up three singles in a row to Oswaldo Arcia, Eduardo Nunez and finally Eduardo Escobar, who singled home Arcia. In the fifth inning, after issuing a one-out walk to Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano drove him home with a two-out double to center.

Player Notes
Playing at three stops in 2015 — St. Lucie (High A) and Binghamton (Double-A) for the Mets before the trade and Erie (Double-A) for the Tigers after it — Fulmer combined to go 10-3 with a 2.24 ERA in 22 starts, striking out 125 batters in 124.2 IP and walking just 30 while allowing 104 hits. He spent the majority of time at Binghamton, where he was 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 15 starts. With his start, both of the prospects acquired by the Tigers in the Cespedes deal have now made their big league debuts in April 2016, though the first one, Luis Cessa, did so with the Yankees during the opening week of the season. Fulmer, who easily ranks as one of the top pitching prospects in the Tigers’ system, battled minor injuries over the years, which cut down his innings, including a knee injury that interrupted his 2013 campaign and some elbow soreness, which necessitated some minor surgery post-2014. That latter summer he made just 19 starts, fanning 86 while allowing 112 hits in 95 innings between St. Lucie and Binghamton.

2080 Notes
Fulmer checked in at No. 71 of 2080 Baseball’s Pre-Season Top 125 Prospects, where C.J. Wittmann had this to say about him: “Fulmer was a main piece coming to the Tigers in the Cespedes trade with the Mets. He has shown he can flash command of his mid-90s fastball to an average level along with his plus slider. Having a four-pitch mix, with his curveball playing average and changeup slightly below, Fulmer needs to tighten up his command to reach his mid-rotation ceiling.”You can read the rest of his 2080 scouting report here.