Carson Fulmer
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While it's understandable why the White Sox wanted to give Fulmer an extended chance to make it as a starter, it appears he's exhausted all his opportunities and is ticketed for the bullpen as many expected when he was taken eighth overall in the 2015 draft. Despite being the first in his class to make the majors, Fulmer hasn't developed as hoped, continuing to display subpar control. In 32.1 innings with the White Sox, Fulmer allowed 37 hits, eight of which left the yard, aiding 29 earned runs. He was sent to Triple-A Charlotte where a 5.80 ERA as a starter pushed him to the Knights' bullpen. Perhaps ditching his cutter and changeup and instead relying strictly on his 93-mph fastball and plus curve can spur a major-league career as a reliever. While hope may spring eternal for the White Sox, Fulmer belongs nowhere near a fantasy roster. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
Moves to bullpen at Triple-A
PChicago White Sox  AAA
July 24, 2018
Fulmer has been removed from the rotation at Triple-A Charlotte and is now pitching out of the bullpen, Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Fulmer opened the season in the White Sox's rotation before he was sent back to Charlotte under the weight of an 8.07 ERA in eight major-league starts. His fortunes didn't improve much with the move to Triple-A, where he was 3-5 with a 5.80 ERA and 32 walks over 45 innings as a starter. Since his move to the bullpen, Fulmer has allowed two runs in five appearances, spanning 6.1 innings. With top pitching prospect Michael Kopech getting closer to the majors and several other starting prospects in the pipeline, Fulmer's transition to reliever may be a permanent move.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .243 166 32 27 33 5 0 7
Since 2016vs Right .256 152 26 17 32 3 2 7
2018vs Left .297 78 14 12 19 4 0 3
2018vs Right .265 86 15 12 18 3 1 5
2017vs Left .163 60 12 10 8 0 0 3
2017vs Right .222 41 7 3 8 0 0 1
2016vs Left .261 28 6 5 6 1 0 1
2016vs Right .286 25 4 2 6 0 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
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ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 7.99 1.78 32.2 3 5 0 8.5 6.9 2.8
Since 2016Away 5.45 1.47 34.2 2 2 0 7.0 4.9 1.0
2018Home 9.17 1.98 17.2 1 3 0 9.2 7.1 3.1
2018Away 6.75 1.77 14.2 1 1 0 6.8 6.1 1.2
2017Home 6.00 1.42 12.0 2 1 0 9.0 6.0 3.0
2017Away 1.59 1.06 11.1 1 0 0 5.6 4.0 0.0
2016Home 9.00 2.00 3.0 0 1 0 3.0 9.0 0.0
2016Away 8.31 1.50 8.2 0 1 0 9.3 4.2 2.1
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How does Carson 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
Many in the fantasy community are ready to write Fulmer off as a starter. While he finished with strong numbers in September (1.64 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB in six appearances), it still seems likely that he ends up in the bullpen eventually. The eighth overall pick in 2015 throws four pitches but has had trouble commanding them at any level as a professional (5.1 BB/9 in majors). Meanwhile, Fulmer's strikeout rates have been modest (7.5 K/9 in majors, 8.1 K/9 in minors). He was extremely flyball prone with the White Sox last season (54.5 percent) and had a .190 BABIP and 82.7 percent left-on-base rate, with the ERA estimators suggesting he was close to two full runs worse than his surface numbers would indicate. The White Sox have openings in the rotation and could give Fulmer a look, but if that were to happen, we'd bet on him posting damaging ratios before ultimately being removed from the role.
As many predicted when he was selected, Fulmer became the first player from the 2015 draft to reach the big leagues, making his debut with the White Sox on July 17. However, it was not all sunshine and smiles. In fact, after some initial success, it was a nightmare. Fulmer gave up seven runs over the span of one inning (across two appearances) and 11 runs over six appearances before being sent back down to the minors. He was able to right the ship with just one earned run allowed and a 14:3 K:BB over his final three starts for Triple-A Charlotte. With the White Sox now firmly in rebuild mode, Fulmer should be able to focus on his development as a starter. There's still quite a bit to like -- Fulmer features two plus pitches in his fastball and curveball -- but he will need his changeup and control to come along to make it as a starting pitcher.
For the second straight season, the White Sox drafted a college pitcher with a top-10 pick in the amateur draft. He entered the draft leading the SEC in ERA, wins, and strikeouts, and his 167 strikeouts at Vanderbilt in 2015 ranked second in school history behind only David Price. He brings with him a mid-90s fastball (with movement), a plus curveball, and a changeup with potential. He was limited to 28 minor league innings after a heavy collegiate workload, but all signs point to an aggressive path to the majors. It would not be surprising to see him log innings on the south side in 2016, but a 2017 ETA is much more likely.
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Needs mechanical tweak
PChicago White Sox  AAA
May 19, 2018
Fulmer, who was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte following Friday's game, will work on a mechanical issue, Tom Musick of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PChicago White Sox  AAA
May 19, 2018
Fulmer was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte following Friday's game.
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Gets rocked by Rangers in loss
PChicago White Sox  AAA
May 19, 2018
Fulmer (2-4) gave up eight runs on three hits in two innings of work against the Rangers on Friday. He walked five and struck out two in the loss.
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Start pushed back to Friday
PChicago White Sox  AAA
May 15, 2018
Fulmer is scheduled to start Friday against the Rangers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Sticking in rotation
PChicago White Sox  AAA
May 13, 2018
White Sox manager Rick Renteria confirmed that Fulmer would make his next scheduled start Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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