Michael Fulmer

Position: RHSP
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Toledo Mud Hens
Age: 23
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (CRA, #44 overall) 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYM); Acquired i trade for Y. Cespedes 7/31/15 (DET)

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 60 FB, 60 SL, 50 CB, 55 command

Strengths: Ideal size and strength; moderate effort and repeatable delivery; arsenal and stuff has taken developmental step forward; FB works 92-to-95 mph and can tough higher; downhill plane and arm-side sink; will generate ground balls; can work it in and out and up and down; SL is plus offering; upper-80s velocity; hard bite with tilt; late, sharp break; swing-and-miss pitch; CB will be average; 11-to-5 shape with moderate depth; can throw it down in zone consistently; CH is fringe-average offering; above-average command projection; near major league ready.

Weaknesses: Fringe-average CH often is too firm; gets squared; CB can lose effectiveness if thrown too soft; limited track record of above-average command — 2015 BB rate way lower than career minor league rates; body has potential to be high maintenance; limited workload experience — never has pitched above 125 innings.

Role Ceiling: 55; #3 SP.

Risk: Moderate; limited proven track record of command and workload.

Summary: After taking a developmental step forward in his fastball, curveball and overall command, Fulmer was the centerpiece of a deal sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets. Fulmer is a big, broad, durable pitcher that features a plus fastball, plus slider, potential for an average curveball and fringe-average changeup. He has no problem repeating his delivery and pounds the bottom of the strike zone consistently. With his limited successful track record, he’ll need to prove his improvements are consistent, but if he does, the arsenal and command project him to be a #3 starting pitcher.