With the 8th pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected Carson Fulmer, a right-handed pitcher out of Vanderbilt.
The White Sox have long been connected with Fulmer – a top college arm featuring a mid 90s fastball and a hard slider. Fulmer features a high effort delivery, but has maintained his status as one of the top pitchers in college baseball.
The Commodores made the College World Series by beating Illinois on Monday just minutes before the draft started. Teammate Dansby Swanson went first overall to the Diamondbacks. This season Fulmer, a junior, has a 1.82 ERA with 152 strikeouts, 46 walks and 75 hits allowed in 114 innings, adding up to a 13-2 record.
Fulmer, who is 6-feet, 195 pounds, was previously a 15th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2012, but did not sign.
Our draft preview of Fulmer from earlier this spring comes from Jeff Buchanan, who likes the pick.
If all goes to plan for Fulmer he could feature three above average pitches with average command. His fastball has excellent velocity and movement, giving it a chance to be a real weapon, and his curve could be a plus pitch too. Those who like him see a potential #2/3 starter who shouldn’t need a lot of time in the Minors. Others look at his size, delivery and shaky command and say he’s destined for the bullpen. Fulmer is high on my personal wish list. I like his raw stuff and upside over the likes of Kyle Funkhouser, Walker Buehler and Jon Harris. The White Sox have not been afraid to draft pitchers that have been knocked for their size and/or delivery in the past (see Sale, Chris and Danish, Tyler), and it has worked very well for them thus far. I trust the Sox ability to oversee Fulmer’s development, and feel good about him becoming at least a solid mid rotation starter with this organization.
Here is a collection of tweets about Palmer:
Fulmer could help the 2015 White Sox out of the bullpen–potentially. But viewed as a starter
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) June 9, 2015
Carson Fulmer tells MLB Network he ultimately wants to be a starter but is willing to help White Sox wherever needed.
— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) June 9, 2015
Love that line by @pgammo on Carson Fulmer: “Most of all, he has that thing — he is obsessed with being great.” Sums him up so well.
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 8, 2015
some believe fulmer could close this year in bigs, but he’s succeeded as starter, too. says a scout: “big (guts)” #chisox
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 9, 2015
white sox plan to keep fulmer as a starter, though. makes sense since he was one of best in ncaa. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 9, 2015
And finally this one because look at those goggles.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 9, 2015
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