CARSON FULMER, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: December 13, 1993
Drafted: 1st Round, 8th overall pick, 2015 (White Sox)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Orioles)
College: Vanderbilt University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Fulmer was one of the top prospects in the 2015 draft. He featured a mid-90s fastball that reached 97, along with a sometimes-plus curve and a change that had some potential. He’s short for a righty and had a high-effort delivery with shaky command. As a pro, he’s struggled consistently with his command and has tried to tone down his delivery. He hasn’t shown the 97-mph fastball, but his four seamer has generally been in the 93-94 range, helped by a move to the bullpen. He frequently throws a cutter, and still throws a curve and change. He has had high spin rates, which may be part of the attraction for the Pirates. They claimed him off waivers from the Tigers.
Fulmer made eight starts at high A after signing and had little trouble there. Baseball America ranked him second in the White Sox’ system after the season.
Although Fulmer made it to the majors in his second season, he didn’t have an outstanding year. He struggled much of the time in AA, with the main problem being control. The White Sox brought him up in July and he made eight shaky appearances out of their bullpen, then he went to AAA. BA dropped him to seventh in the team’s system.
Fulmer spent most of the season in AAA and had a rough time there, a lot of it due to walks and gopher balls. He gave up 18 of the latter. The White Sox brought him up for one start in August, then brought him back up for September. He pitched better in the majors, although his control wasn’t good. BA rated him 13th in Chicago’s system.
The Sox had Fulmer in their rotation at the start of the season and he did decently through six games, but he got torched in his last three starts. In the majors he allowed a home run every four innings. He went to AAA, where he eventually moved to relief. He didn’t do especially well there, either, as his control continued to be a problem.
Chicago shuttled Fulmer back and forth between AAA and the majors. Other than two AAA starts, he pitched in relief all year. He continued to walk a lot of hitters and gave up nearly a home run every five innings in the majors.
Before the shortened season started, the White Sox designated Fulmer for assignment and the Tigers claimed him off waivers. He pitched in relief for Detroit and continued to struggle, although his walk and K rates improved. In late August, the Tigers dfa’d him and the Pirates claimed him. Just over a week later, they designated him for assignment to clear roster space and Baltimore claimed him. Fulmer pitched well in three outings for the Orioles, but they designated him for assignment about two weeks later and the Pirates claimed him again. He never saw action with them.
Fulmer has no options, so the Pirates will have to keep him on the active roster. He’ll obviously be a project. He’s made little if any progress since reaching the upper minors and it’s questionable whether he really has any upside beyond fifth starter or middle reliever.
UPDATE: The Pirates dfa’d Fulmer again during spring training to free roster space for Duane Underwood, Jr.
|2021: Major League Minimum
|Signing Bonus: $3,470,600
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: 7/17/2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: 2025
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 7/15/2016 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
MLB Service Time: 2.040
|June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round, 481st overall pick.
June 8, 2015: Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round, 8th overall pick; signed on July 3.
July 15, 2016: Contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox.
July 23, 2020: Designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox.
July 25, 2020: Claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Chicago White Sox.
August 20, 2020: Designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers.
August 24, 2020: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Detroit Tigers.
September 2, 2020: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 5, 2020: Claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 21, 2020: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Baltimore Orioles.
March 7, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.