Fulmer got the call to the big leagues on April 29, and he didn’t exactly fly out of the gates. Over his first four starts, the 23-year-old righty failed to make it past the fifth inning, and he compiled a 6.52 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. But over his past two starts, it’s been a different story for Fulmer. He’s pitched 14.2 innings while giving up just one earned run and striking out 14. Fulmer also picked up wins in both games, against Tampa Bay and Oakland.
The rookie has a good chance at continuing the success in his next scheduled start, Wednesday on the road against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have been middle-of-the-road scoring runs this year, and their team .384 slugging percentage is second-worst in the American League.
Fulmer entered the year as one of Detroit’s top prospects, with a strong fastball-slider combo that had scouts pegging him as a future No. 2 starter. Like many young pitchers, he experienced some early struggles, but he may be turning the corner. Fulmer should be considered a solid option on Wednesday and beyond.