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Michael Fulmer | Starting Pitcher | #32

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Fulmer struck out 11 while allowing one run over seven innings in the Tigers' 5-4 win on Saturday.
Fulmer was dealing, allowing just four hits -- including an Evan Longoria solo homer -- and a walk with the career-best 11 punchouts. The seven innings pitched were also a high through his first five major league starts. Dingers have been a bit of a problem -- he's now given up five in those five starts -- but the 23-year-old showed why the Tigers coveted him as the centerpiece for Yoenis Cespedes at last year's trade deadline. Fulmer will work on his 5.13 ERA and 1.63 WHIP Friday at the A's. May 21 - 8:29 PM

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Michael Fulmer took a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Orioles, yielding five runs (four earned) on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

It just wasn't a particularly strong performance by the Tigers' top pitching prospect. He struck out six and walked three on the afternoon. A three-run first inning by the O's started things off poorly enough. Fulmer would settle in after that point, at least until Manny Machado knocked him for a two-run homer in the fifth. Through four starts covering 19 1/3 innings, the 23-year-old right-hander holds an unfortunate 6.52 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 22/9 K/BB ratio. Until he proves that he can consistently perform at the big league level, his potential as a fantasy starter for 2016 is dodgy. He will play host to the Rays in his next scheduled start.
May 15 - 5:37 PM

Michael Fulmer wasn't great but was good enough to pick up a win Tuesday, allowing three runs over five frames in a 5-4 victory over the Nationals.

Fulmer did record six strikeouts, but he also gave up seven hits and issued three free passes. We've seen the young right-hander record 16 strikeouts over 15 frames in his three starts, but he's also walked six while allowing 24 hits and 10 runs. There's potential here, but Fulmer doesn't look ready to help out fantasy owners yet. He'll get the Orioles next.
May 10 - 11:45 PM

Michael Fulmer will start Thursday against the Indians.

That appeared to be where the Tigers were leaning, but it's now official. Fulmer, who was acquired in the Yoenis Cespedes deal last July, earned another shot after winning in his major league debut last Friday by limiting the Twins to two runs over five innings. Nothing is promised beyond Thursday, but he's an interesting streaming option in deeper fantasy formats.
May 3 - 2:26 PM

Michael Fulmer defeated the Twins in his Major League debut on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his five innings of work.

The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first three innings unscathed, but allowed the Twins to scratch out single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. He definitely held his own in place of the injured Shane Greene though and could secure a rotation spot for the remainder of the season if he continues to pitch well, making him an interesting target in deeper mixed leagues. He'll take on the Indians his next time out in Cleveland on Thursday.
Apr 29 - 11:20 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Michael Fulmer from Triple-A Toledo.

Fulmer will make his major league debut on Friday against the Twins. He's posted a 4.11 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings for Toledo this season and the top prospect isn't a bad streaming option. Fulmer is replacing Shane Greene (blister) and isn't a given to stick around long.
Apr 29 - 2:42 PM's Chris Lott hears that the Tigers will promote RHP prospect Michael Fulmer for a Friday start against the Twins.

The Tigers acquired Fulmer last summer as part of the trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets. The 23-year-old right-hander is the club's top pitching prospect. In three starts at Triple-A Toledo, he holds a 4.11 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings. His larger sample numbers from 2015 are more impressive. Splitting time between Single and Double-A, he posted a 2.24 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 125/30 K/BB ratio over 124 2/3 innings. Shane Greene is reportedly about to hit the disabled list with a blister issue, so Fulmer is worth picking up in mixed leagues, though he isn't guaranteed to stick in the majors once Greene has returned to health.
Apr 27 - 10:01 PM

Tigers RHP prospect Michael Fulmer picked up a win in his first start for Triple-A Toledo, limiting Indianapolis to four hits over 5 2/3 scorelss innings.

Fulmer finished the night with seven strikeouts and one walk. Detroit acquired the 23-year-old last summer in a deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets. Fulmer struggled in spring training, recording an ugly 6.14 ERA over four outings before getting reassigned to minor league camp. He should make his big league debut sometime in 2016.
Apr 13 - 12:22 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Michael Fulmer to Triple-A Toledo.

The team's top pitching prospect, Fulmer was theoretically in the mix for a bullpen spot this spring, but it was always virtually a given that he'd wind up back at Triple-A. He'll be part of Toledo's rotation and figures to debut at some point in 2016.
Mar 18 - 8:57 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Michael Fulmer is still in the mix for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.

While he's still being stretched out as a starter, the top prospect could be utilized as a late-inning weapon out of a rebuilt Tigers' bullpen. His fantasy value would be minimal unless he's pitching out the rotation or in the closer's role however.
Mar 12 - 8:54 AM

Michael Fulmer pitched a couple of scoreless innings out of the pen Tuesday against the Pirates.

Fulmer should be a candidate to move into Detroit's rotation at midseason, but he's only competing for a bullpen spot this spring. It'd seem to make a lot more sense to let him to continue to develop as a starter in the minors than to use him as a middle man in April.
Mar 1 - 4:22 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila admitted Sunday that he received considerable trade interest in Michael Fulmer this off-season.

The prized return of last deadline's Yoenis Cespedes trade, Fulmer could open the season in the Tigers bullpen. His future though is as a top of the rotation starter, which is why Avila had no interest in dealing him away.
Feb 21 - 8:35 PM

Michael Fulmer is a candidate to pitch out of the Tigers' bullpen.

"Realistically, if he were to make the club, he would probably be a reliever," said manager Brad Ausmus. Fulmer has been used almost exclusively as a starter in the minor leagues (75 of his 76 appearances have been starts) but the Tigers already have a full rotation with Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey and Daniel Norris. The highest level Fulmer reached last season was Double-A. He's ranked 42nd in Mike Rosenbaum's top 100 prospects.
Feb 17 - 8:30 AM

Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Michael Fulmer from Double-A Erie.

Fulmer came over to the Tigers in July's trade of Yoenis Cespedes. In early November, GM Al Avila indicated that he's a possibility to make the club's Opening Day roster in a relief capacity. The 22-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2.24 ERA with a 125/30 K/BB ratio across 124 2/3 innings while splitting time between High-A and Double-A in 2015.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that it's possible pitching prospect Michael Fulmer could make the team's Opening Day roster as a reliever.

It wouldn't be the first time a highly thought of starter prospect is broken in as a reliever in the majors, but ultimately it's unlikely it happens, at least not at the outset of the season. Acquired from the Mets in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, Fulmer posted a 2.24 ERA and 125/30 K/BB ratio over 124 2/3 innings between High- and Double-A this season.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 06:29:00 PM

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