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Minor League Mondays: Michael Fulmer Having Tough Transition in St. Lucie

August 18th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
By Mike Phillips

Besides the big three of Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler, one of the more intriguing arms in the New York Mets' farm system is MIchael Fulmer. Fulmer, a 2011 draftee of Sandy Alderson, has a tremendous fastball and slider combo that led some to believe he could be a future star in the major leagues. Fulmer's 2013 campaign was marred by injury, so he is a bit behind schedule in his development. We will check in on Fulmer in this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.

Fulmer made only seven starts with High-A Port St. Lucie last season, going 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA. Fulmer was placed back with St. Lucie this season, and he has struggled at this level. Fulmer is 6-10 with a 3.97 ERA in 19 starts this season, but the more alarming statistic is his 1.50 WHIP. Fulmer has been hit hard this season, with opponents hitting .286 against him. Fulmer has given up 112 hits in 95.1 innings while walking 31. One positive for Fulmer is that he has still shown he can miss bats, recording 86 strikeouts on the year.

It is important to remember that Fulmer is only 21 years old and still has time to develop. Fulmer has been working on his mechanics and delivery to try and improve, and if he realizes his potential the results will improve dramatically. The good news for the Mets is that they don't need to add Fulmer to the 40 man roster this winter. Fulmer will likely stay with St. Lucie for the remainder of this season, and if he improves down the stretch he could debut with the Binghamton Mets in 2014. Either way, Fulmer is a name to watch going forward.

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