2012 Draft Scouting Report: Carson Fulmer

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Carson Fulmer.

Name: Carson Fulmer
Position: Pitcher
School: All Saints Academy (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


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Physical Description

Fulmer is slightly undersized for a right-handed starter, standing at 6-foot-1. However, he's very strongly built, particularly in his lower half. Listed at 185 currently, Fulmer looks like he'll fill out to around 200 pounds. He has some good natural width in his upper body and he looks like he'll only get stronger as he matures. Fulmer is also a solid athlete with the quick actions to play other positions on the field as well.

Mechanics

The first thing you notice about Fulmer is his lightning fast arm. And, this is how he generates his plus velocity. There's some definite effort in there and a mild head snap that raises some red flags. He's also very aggressive with his lower half, so he's not completely reliant on his extra quick arm. And, despite an extra high leg kick, he repeats his delivery consistently and stays on top well with his high three-quarter delivery.

Fastball

Fulmer has a true plus fastball with the potential to even add a tick as he matures physically. He reaches 95 mph on the gun and sits steadily at 92-94 mph. He gets some explosive life up in the zone, with some occasional arm side running action. He's exerting a lot of energy to produce this velocity, so how well he holds it over the course of a start will be something to watch. Fulmer is aggressive in the zone with his fastball and shows he can dot the corner on his glove side, but sometimes gets a little too aggressive over the plate. He also needs to be careful to not fall in love with his fastball.

Curveball

While it's Fulmer's fastball that's his biggest strength, he also flashes a potential average breaking ball. He throws it at 77-79 mph with sharp 11-5 action. The break is relatively short, but very tight. His command is still spotty, but if he can learn to locate a bit better this could even be a slightly better than average offering down the line.

Changeup

This could change, but at the moment Fulmer's best secondary offering looks to be the changeup. He flashes plus dead fish action, working at 82-83 mph. Clearly the differential and action are there, and the command is not too far behind. This is a true plus pitch in the making.

Summation

The only major question mark surrounding Fulmer is his potential durability. He has the makings of three quality offerings and has no problems throwing strikes. But, the question is whether his high effort delivery will give him problems down the road. If he can prove his durability, his mid 90s fastball and two quality secondary offerings give him front end type upside.

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