In 2011, the Mets selected 19-year-old RHP Michael Fulmer in the the first round (No. 44 overall) out of Deer Creek (Edmond, Okla.)High School.
Last season for Low-A Savannah, Fulmer was 7-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 21 starts, while striking out 108 batters in 101 innings pitched.
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In a recent talk with someone very familiar with the team’s farm system, I was told to keep an eye on Fulmer. He has big-league make up, the person said, and could get to the Mets quicker than I probably think, especially if he learns to better command his two-seam fastball since it compliments what is a very impressive slider. Also, the team loves that he listens to instruction and has a very strong focus on his goals and what he’s doing on the mound. In terms of make-up and drive, they say he’s a lot like Matt Harvey. In terms of talent and potential, I think the team hopes he can eventually be a good, reliable, mid-rotation starting pitcher (say, better than a Dillon Gee, not as good as Harvey).
I liked Fulmer’s size, build and raw stuff (an average or better fastball, and the ability to spin a breaking ball) in a brief viewing in the Gulf Coast League in 2011. The Mets challenged Fulmer with an opening day assignment to Savannah and he responded very well, improving over the course of the year against older competition. Pitching Coach Frank Viola raved about Fulmer’s aptitude, work ethic and maturity from day one. His fastball at 93-95 mph ate up SAL hitters. He and Viola prioritized working on his slider over the curveball. As the year went on, scouts’ grades on the pitch inched upward. He started throwing his changeup more, although it tended towards too firm. He made some mechanical adjustments, tucking his front hip, to give him better tempo and timing in his delivery.
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