Mets RHP prospect Michael Fulmer to have knee surgery Tuesday

Michael FulmerMets RHP prospect Michael Fulmer tore the meniscus ligament in his knee and will have surgery Tuesday in New York, according to report by Mack Ade earlier tonight.

“I appreciate all the well wishes. I’ll be back at it before we know it,” Fulmer later tweeted, in his response to support from fans. “Only a very minor setback in a long career,” he added. “Looking forward to getting back to 100 percent.”

The selected Fulmer in the the first round (No. 44 overall) of the 2011 draft.

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.

In their recent Top 10 Mets Prospects List, Baseball America ranked as the fourth-best pitching prospect in the organization, while John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked him third (ahead of Jeurys Familia).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In a talk last October with someone very familiar with the team’s farm system, I was told to keep a close eye on Fulmer. He has big-league make up, the person said, and could get to the Mets quicker than I probably expect, 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.