Carson Fulmer

Carson Fulmer warms up prior to his professional debut in Arizona (photo by Kim Contreras / Future Sox)

Carson Fulmer warms up prior to his professional debut in Arizona (photo by Kim Contreras / Future Sox)

Position: RH SP
Born: 12/13/1993
Ht: 6'1" Wt: 190
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round (8th overall) from Vanderbilt in 2015
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #1 - 2015 Midseason
  • #2 - 2016 Preseason
  • #2 - 2016 Midseason
  • #6 - 2017 Preseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • #50 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2015, per MLB.com
  • #38 Prospect in MLB, Preseason 2016, per MLB.com
  • #70 Prospect in MLB, Preseason 2016, per Baseball America
  • Listed in the handful of "just missed" Top 101 Prospects, per Baseball Prospectus
  • #68 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2016, per MLB.com
  • #73 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2016, per Baseball America
  • 2016 Best Breaking Ball, Southern League, per Baseball America
  • 20th best prospect in the International League, post-season 2016, per Baseball America
  • #71 Prospect in MLB, Preseason 2017, per MLB.com

Scouting report
In 2015, the White Sox did something similar to 2014 in selecting an advanced college arm with their top pick. A decorated pitcher and student at Vanderbilt, Fulmer signed for full slot value ($3,470,600) with the 8th pick and promptly donated $10,000 to the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program - an urban initiative providing resources for youth baseball participation. Fulmer's first pro assignment was a single inning tune-up with the AZL club (video links above), before jumping to Advanced-A Winston-Salem. Despite the big jump, Carson handled Carolina League hitters pretty effectively: 22 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 25 K. He also threw in Fall Instructs (again, we have video, above). In 2016, he opened in AA Birmingham and struggled mightily with command in his first 10 starts: 46 IP, 45 H, 34 BB, 36 K, 5.87 ERA. But once his adjustments (see article link above about those changes) really got the right balance, he started seeing big improvement. Since those 10 starts, his next 7 looked like this: 41 IP, 37 H, 17 BB, 54 K, 3.51 ERA. Fulmer then made his major league debut on July 17th, out of the bullpen. He was back in AAA Charlotte to end the year, with his last three starts looking quite good (15 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K). In 2017 the key word was inconsistent - he wavered from looking very good to pretty bad, but was promoted to the majors again anyway in August and posted good core results (3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP in 23.1 IP) but iffy peripherals (13 BB, 19 K).

Fulmer brings an arsenal featuring two pitches that can show plus character. His fastball is typically now around 92-94 with arm-side run, and the curveball (usually upper 70's) is a two-plane offering that scouts have raved about but which he's never gained full command over. He's also got a mid-80's change-up with good depth that shows potential to be above average, and has added a cutter that runs 88-90. He has softened some of the violence in his delivery a bit, as seen in more recent videos above, but there's still a substantial head whack and plenty of effort. He's a bulldog on the mound who emanates intensity, and likes to chatter, though that has also calmed a bit. But the continued struggles with command make this future as a starter more and more in doubt. The Sox have stated his Plan A is to open 2018 in the MLB rotation, though he could end up in the pen.

Major League Outlook: Possible back end starter, more likely now a late inning reliever
ETA: 2017

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