Carson Fulmer
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
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
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
Sent to minors
PChicago White Sox  AAA
May 4, 2019
Fulmer was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Saturday's 15-2 loss to the Red Sox, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Fulmer was the first man out of the bullpen Saturday and allowed five runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks while recording only one out. The 25-year-old had given up five runs over 10 innings entering Saturday but will now head back to Charlotte in favor of a fresh arm.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-57%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 149 29 25 28 4 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .261 175 30 23 36 4 1 7
2019vs Left .125 11 3 3 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .294 48 8 8 10 1 0 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-74%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 7.71 1.93 37.1 4 4 0 9.2 7.7 2.7
Since 2017Away 4.71 1.40 28.2 2 2 0 6.6 5.0 0.6
2019Home 7.04 2.61 7.2 1 0 0 9.4 11.7 1.2
2019Away 6.75 0.75 2.2 0 1 0 10.1 3.4 0.0
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
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Stat Review
How does Carson Fulmer compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.00
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
9.6
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
6.97
 
WHIP
2.13
 
BABIP
.355
 
GB/FB
1.70
 
Left On Base
58.3%
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2361 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
50.0%
 
Swinging Strike
11.3%
 
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May 18, 2018
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May 18, 2018
Derek VanRiper previews Friday's DraftKings slate, turning to Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor on the road against Carson Fulmer and the White Sox.
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May 16, 2018
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May 12, 2018
Todd Zola ranks this week's starting pitchers as the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin is still dominating despite a dip in velocity.
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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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Returns to majors
PChicago White Sox  AAA
April 18, 2019
Fulmer was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Back in minors already
PChicago White Sox  AAA
April 8, 2019
Fulmer was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.
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Back in big leagues
PChicago White Sox  AAA
April 8, 2019
Fulmer was recalled by the White Sox on Monday.
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Optioned to minors
PChicago White Sox  AAA
March 18, 2019
Fulmer was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.
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Viewed as reliever
PChicago White Sox  AAA
February 15, 2019
Fulmer is now viewed by the White Sox as a reliever, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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