Michael Fulmer
Michael Fulmer
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Detroit Tigers
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a visit to Dr. James Andrews, Fulmer underwent ulnar transposition surgery on his throwing elbow in September. Barring setbacks, the right-hander is expected to be ready for spring training. The Tigers hope the procedure will correct the finger numbness and hand weakness Fulmer experienced, which probably hindered his shortened sophomore season. Following his 2016 Rookie of the Year win, he endured notable dips in ERA (3.06 to 3.83), K/9 (6.2, after 7.5 in his first season) and left-on-base percentage (79.0 to 65.6 percent). Fulmer, who turns 25 in March, owns an alluring combination of top-end velocity and a career 2.3 BB/9, which could become even more valuable if health brings back at least his 2016 K/9 (7.5) and possibly pushes it higher. Still, if he impresses in March, his price might climb to where the reward won’t match the risk. Fulmer may not round into peak form until later in the season. Read Past Outlooks
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Undergoes successful surgery
PDetroit Tigers
September 20, 2018
Fulmer underwent successful knee surgery Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Fulmer opted for surgery after Dr. James Andrews confirmed the right-hander suffered a torn right meniscus. The procedure typically carries a recovery timetable of three or four months, so the expectation is that he'll be ready to go by the start of spring training. Fulmer finished the season with a 4.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 110:46 K:BB across 24 starts (132.1 innings).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .242 957 174 71 209 44 2 26
Since 2016vs Right .242 924 182 57 205 37 3 22
2018vs Left .241 304 57 27 66 18 1 15
2018vs Right .270 254 53 19 62 13 1 4
2017vs Left .264 315 57 18 76 13 1 5
2017vs Right .225 361 57 22 74 10 1 8
2016vs Left .222 338 60 26 67 13 0 6
2016vs Right .240 309 72 16 69 14 1 10
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Since 2016Home 3.47 1.10 223.1 10 13 0 6.4 2.2 0.8
Since 2016Away 4.14 1.27 232.2 14 18 0 7.6 2.9 1.1
2018Home 3.74 1.19 74.2 1 7 0 6.3 2.8 0.8
2018Away 5.93 1.47 57.2 2 5 0 9.1 3.6 1.9
2017Home 3.55 1.04 88.2 6 4 0 5.8 1.8 0.6
2017Away 4.14 1.29 76.0 4 8 0 6.8 2.6 0.8
2016Home 3.00 1.08 60.0 3 2 0 7.5 2.0 0.9
2016Away 3.09 1.14 99.0 8 5 0 7.5 2.6 0.9
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How does Michael Fulmer compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Fulmer won the AL Rookie of the Year award after an impressive season where he would have finished second in the AL in ERA (3.09) had he enough innings to qualify. The big righty exceeded expectations with a top-30 SP finish. It's more impressive when one considers he was facing a potential demotion after four starts (6.52 ERA). His fifth start was when the team's catchers and pitching coach told him to start throwing his changeup more. It was a total game-changer. He had a 2.58 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3.3 K/BB ratio in 139.2 frames from that point on while using his changeup 19 percent of the time. His ceiling has been raised, and while he could fall back a little bit in 2017, the future is bright.
Fulmer began 2015 as something of an afterthought among Mets pitching prospects. However, after a stellar 16-start run his value had risen to the point where he was worthy of being the top returning piece for Detroit in the Mets’ fortuitous deadline acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes. All told, the 22-year-old righty put up a 2.24 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 124.2 innings, primarily with the two organization’s Double-A affiliates. Now, while those numbers are fairly eye-popping, Fulmer is still more of mid-rotation starter than a frontline arm, but his polish and pitchability are clearly evident. It would not be surprising to see him begin his age-23 season at Triple-A Toledo with a chance to join the big league rotation sometime this summer. While he probably won’t ever be a top-20 fantasy starter, this is the profile of a pitcher whose combination of stuff and command could transition fairly seamlessly against big league hitters.
Fulmer, drafted 44th overall in 2011 from an Oklahoma high school, had an excellent first full professional season, posting a 2.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 101:38 K:BB 138 innings for Low-A Savannah. He mixes a late-moving, mid-90s fastball with mid-80s hard slider and is working on a changeup. Fulmer should open 2012 at High-A St. Lucie and projects to be a No. 2 starter in the majors.
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Expected to undergo knee surgery
PDetroit Tigers
September 18, 2018
Fulmer is expected to undergo surgery for a torn right meniscus Thursday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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MRI reveals damaged meniscus
PDetroit Tigers
September 17, 2018
An MRI on Fulmer's right knee revealed damage to the meniscus, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Set for MRI on knee
PDetroit Tigers
September 16, 2018
Fulmer will undergo an MRI on his right knee Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Leaves during first inning
PDetroit Tigers
September 15, 2018
Fulmer exited Saturday's start after five pitches due to right knee inflammation, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Tosses quality start but takes loss
PDetroit Tigers
September 9, 2018
Fulmer (3-11) took the loss Sunday against the Cardinals, as he allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks across 6.1 innings. He struck out five.
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