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Michael Fulmer | Starting Pitcher | #32

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / NYM
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Michael Fulmer allowed eight runs -- five earned -- over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.
If one believed in signs, a throwing error allowing the first batter of the game to reach may have been an indication of things to come for Fulmer and the Tigers. The Royals would go on to score four runs in the frame, and they hung four more -- this time all of them earned -- on the 24-year-old in the third inning before he was removed. Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug. The good news for Fulmer is that he's had a lot more days when he's been the windshield this year, rendering Thursday's outing as an outlier. Even with the loss, Fulmer is 10-7 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 19 starts. He'll have a chance to exorcise some demons when the Tigers host the Royals next Tuesday. Jul 20 - 11:53 PM

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Tigers general manager Al Avila said during an appearance on MLB Network's High Heat on Monday that the chances of dealing Michael Fulmer are "probably zero."

Avila is open to listening on anyone, but the Tigers would have to be blown away to deal Fulmer, who still has several years of team control remaining. "Fulmer’s been a guy who has attracted a lot of attention," Avila told host Christopher Russo. "It’s muddied the waters a little bit. Now there is speculation that we have him out there and we don’t. But you can’t stop a team from calling and inquiring." Teammates Justin Wilson and J.D. Martinez are much more likely to to be traded before July 31.
Source: Detroit News
Jul 17 - 1:50 PM

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves sent a top scout to Detroit this weekend.

The Braves are scouting both Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer. Per Bowman, the Braves are more intrigued by Fulmer than Verlander, which should be the case as Fulmer is a decade younger and has had a much better year than Verlander. He's also far less expensive than Verlander, who is owed $28 million this season. Even with Detroit entering a rebuilding phase, the Tigers' asking price for Fulmer will likely be sky-high.
Jul 15 - 10:00 PM

Michael Fulmer stifled the Blue Jays for eight innings, allowing one run on just two hits in a lopsided 11-1 win on Saturday.

He didn't blow hitters away -- he struck out only three -- but kept them from making solid contact by inducing 15 groundball outs in the impressive effort. Fulmer improves to 10-6 with a sharp 3.06 ERA through 18 starts. He has 87 strikeouts and 27 walks in 123 2/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 9:51 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers "have considered" trading Michael Fulmer.

Fenech notes that Fulmer "generated interest from the Cubs recently... but there was no headway made." The Cubs surely would now be out of a potential market for Fulmer following their acquisition of Jose Quintana. Fulmer isn't arbitration-eligible until 2019 and not slated for free agency until after the 2022 season, so there's certainly no rush to trade him. However, collecting a package of prospects for him now while his value is sky-high could be a way for the Tigers to jump-start their rebuild. Still, it's hard to see it happening, at least not this month.
Jul 14 - 11:27 AM

Michael Fulmer earned his ninth victory of the season on Sunday night, limiting the Indians to three runs (two earned) on seven hits over his six-plus innings of work.

The All-Star right-hander struck out one and walked one on the night. The big blow against him came on a two-run blast by Jose Ramirez before he departed in the seventh. Fulmer finishes the first half 9-6 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 84/26 K/BB ratio across 115 2/3 innings spanning 17 starts.
Jul 10 - 12:03 AM

According to Peter Gammons, the Cubs have asked the Tigers about the availability of Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris.

The Cubs are doing their due diligence with all teams, trying to figure out what's available to be had as they seek upgrades to their starting rotation. It's extremely unlikely that Fulmer is going anywhere though, as he hasn't even hit arbitration and is already performing like a top of the rotation starter.
Jul 9 - 10:24 PM

Michael Fulmer went eight innings and gave up three runs in a 5-3 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

Fulmer hadn’t allowed a home run since April 29 coming into this one, but he surrendered two of them on Tuesday. That accounted for all of the offense for the Giants. Fulmer was excellent otherwise, allowing five total hits while walking one and striking out five. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a strong follow-up to his Rookie of the Year campaign, posting a 3.20 ERA and 83/25 K/BB ratio over 109 2/3 innings.
Jul 4 - 4:12 PM

Michael Fulmer took a shutout into the ninth and ended up allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 8 2/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Royals.

Fulmer's pitch count was under control, so letting him go for the complete game was understandable, though it hardly seemed entirely necessary given that this is a pitcher who was diagnosed with shoulder bursitis earlier this month. He ended up allowing three straight hits after retiring the first two in the ninth, spoiling the shutout. It still looked like he'd get the complete game when Eric Hosmer flew to left, but a Justin Upton error extended the game and the Tigers brought in Justin Wilson to finish it. It was still another fine showing by Fulmer, who has turned in three straight quality starts since his shoulder got him pushed back in the rotation.
Jun 29 - 5:50 PM

Michael Fulmer limited the Padres to one run and two hits over seven innings in a loss Friday.

Fulmer has pitched well in both starts since having his previous outing pushed back by shoulder bursitis. We're still worried that the problem could worsen, but it doesn't seem to be affecting him at all on the mound.
Jun 24 - 1:04 AM

Michael Fulmer turned in a quality start but took a loss anyway against the Rays on Saturday.

He gave up three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He struggled with his control a little bit and ended up walking four batters while striking out three on 100 pitches. He was cruising along having allowed just one run in the first six innings before letting in two more in the seventh. His record falls to 6-5 with a good 3.45 ERA and 1.19 WHIP after 13 starts. The 24-year-old remains one of the best young pitchers in the game.
Jun 17 - 8:17 PM

Michael Fulmer has been diagnosed with right shoulder bursitis.

Fulmer underwent an MRI over the weekend after experiencing discomfort following a rough start last Thursday against the Angels. He won't take his scheduled turn Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but the Tigers hope he'll be ready to return Saturday versus the Rays. Fulmer was given a cortisone shot and threw without issue on Tuesday.
Jun 13 - 4:12 PM

Michael Fulmer was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Angels.

Fulmer had a 2.65 ERA through two months, but he's opened June with a pair of subpar outings against poor offenses (he gave up five runs in seven innings versus the White Sox last time out). On the plus side, he still hasn't given up a homer since April. As long as he can stay away from the homer, even his bad days won't be especially bad.
Jun 8 - 4:59 PM

Michael Fulmer wasn't at his best on Friday but still managed to earn his sixth victory of the season despite allowing five runs on seven hits over seven innings against the White Sox.

Fulmer walked one and struck out five on the night. The Tigers' offense staked him to an early nine-run lead, so perhaps he was just on cruise control and throwing strikes as the game wore on. Most of the damage against him came during a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. He'll carry a sparkling 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 59/16 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Angels.
Jun 2 - 11:05 PM

Michael Fulmer allowed three runs in an eight-inning, complete game loss to the White Sox in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

He surrendered nine base hits and one walk while striking out four batters in the contest. The first run scored on a double-play grounder in the fifth inning. He allowed two more in his eighth and final frame. His record falls to 5-3 with an elite 2.65 ERA in 10 starts. The 24-year-old continues to show the form he displayed while taking home the American League Rookie of the Year award last season.
May 27 - 5:20 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Andrew Romine
RF1Mikie Mahtook
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf