It was a big week for Michael Fulmer, as he hauled in an impressive set of hardware.
First off, with little surprise, he was named Tigers rookie of the year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. The award has been handed out each year to the best Tigers rookie pitcher or position player, dating back to 1969. The award had gone to position players each of the last four years, with the last pitcher to win it being Al Alburquerque in 2011.
Then, he was named AL Rookie of the Year by both the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. He edged out Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez in both races, despite Sanchez's impressive run in the final two months of the season. He earned 26 of the 30 first place votes from the BBWAA (receiving second place votes from the other four writers), while he picked up 662 points in the IBWAA vote, beating out Sanchez at 543.
Fulmer was just a couple of innings shy of qualifying for the league ERA title, which he would have won with his 3.06 ERA. Fulmer made 26 starts on the year, accumulating 159 innings of work. In addition to his 3.06 ERA, he posted a 3.76 FIP with a 3.0 fWAR, a strikeout rate of 7.5 and a walk rate of 2.4.null