Tigers Scouting Report: Michael Fulmer

The key piece of the trade for Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Fulmer has emerged this season as the latest in a line of impressive New York Mets pitching prospects. Find out what's making him stand out and made him such a desirable trade chip.

Michael Fulmer

Vitals

Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 3/15/1993 (2015 Opening Day Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6-3/200
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Trade for OF Yoenis Cespedes, July 2015

Background:
A supplemental first round pick in 2011, Fulmer has moved steadily through the Mets system while overcoming inconsistency and some minor injuries. After dominating the South Atlantic League in 2012, Fulmer needed the 2013 season to get back on track and then had a hit or miss season in the Florida State League in2014. Reaching Double-A in 2015, and finally healthy, Fulmer has regained the form that made him a first round pick, dominating the Eastern League through 15 starts.

Performance:

2015 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
St. Lucie 1107.041330903.860.570-0
Binghamton 1515086.07332518238311.881.126-2


Scouting Report

Body: Broad shoulders; wide waist and thick legs; strong and durable frame; excellent workhorse body.

Delivery/Mechanics: Simple and clean delivery; arm works well and keeps up with his body; natural effort in the delivery that doesn’t hinder repeatability; falls hard to first base side; good extension before fall to first base; quality delivery that fits in a starting role.

Fastball: Quality offering; works consistently in 92-93 mph range, reaching 95-96 mph during every start; pitch approaches plate with steep angle from high-3/4 delivery and tall frame; angle and natural sink of pitch make it difficult to square and lift; easy plus pitch with velocity and movement; limited projection remaining in offering. Grade – Present 6/Future 6

Slider: Nasty pitch; thrown with velocity and tight rotation; turns hard at plate; bat missing offering; throws pitch in strike zone and gets swings and misses; can also finish pitch out of strike zone as chase pitch; second plus piece of arsenal. Grade – 6/6

Curveball: Slightly different look from SL; more vertical break but not as sharp when both pitches are on; thrown slower and works as change of pace pitch; will mix throughout starts and doesn’t rely on too heavily; average pitch that rounds arsenal well. Grade – 5/5

Changeup: Pitch lags behind three primary offerings; can turn it over at times and get some sink and fade from pitch when he really trusts it and lets it go; will slow arm at times, giving pitch away against better hitters; below-average at present but can be used long term; some room for improvement with arm speed that will help pitch reach fringe level. Grade – 4/4+

Control/Command: Consistent delivery and quality arm action really has allowed him to pound zone with FB; works east-west with FB and SL; doesn’t elevate intentionally but has success when FB gets up toward letters and appears to add extra hop at the plate; strike thrower with average command potential.

Other: Injury history with elbow and knee; has been healthy and durable this season; built to log innings; learning art of sequence; doesn’t field position well; holds runners solidly.



Final Word

Summary: Quality prospect; sum of parts results in potential big league arm; FB and SL both earn present plus grades and should remain at that level; CB adds third plus or better pitch to arsenal; CH lags behind; throws strikes with ease but needs to refine ability to locate to the glove and keep away from center of plate; has missed time with injuries and needs some additional developmental innings to refine game.

Risk: Moderate risk; Some injury history that isn’t far enough in the rear view mirror to ignore; success at Double-A mitigates injury history and need for polish.

Projection: Entire arsenal works well and is augmented by control and potential for durability; classic inning eating #3 starter projection; if development stagnates, should still eat innings at solid level toward back of big league rotation; should be MLB-ready around mid-2016.



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