Detroit Tigers: Carson Fulmer adds to collection of 2015 first rounders

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The Detroit Tigers have a new arm for the bullpen, Carson Fulmer, who joins the team in Cincinnati.

The Detroit Tigers have claimed former Chicago White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer off waivers and sent him to Cincinnati, where he would join the ballclub. Fulmer is a former first-round selection, an eighth overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Amateur Draft.

Looking at the Tigers, they now have five of the players who were taken in the first round in 2015 now that they picked up Fulmer. The players taken in the 2015 draft that the Tigers have in the organization are, Carson Fulmer (8), Beau Burrows (22), Christin Stewart (34), Kyle Funkhouser (35), and Daz Cameron (37).

The organization also now has two players with the last name of Fulmer, which means it is officially time for the “Fulmer & Fulmer show,” starring Carson and Michael Fulmer. Michael Fulmer is healthy and back on the hill, and Carson will look to earn a spot in the Tigers bullpen.

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The Detroit Tigers will likely start working Carson Fulmer into games sooner than later.

The former product of Vanderbilt University was already worked onto the big league roster in a swift roster move to make sure he can get in the bullpen as soon as possible.

The Tigers have sent down David McKay, who had a rough first outing against the Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day.

After being drafted, there was a lot of buzz around Fulmer as he was at one time on the top 100 prospects list while he was with the White Sox organization. Since then, things have not entirely gone his way, finding himself getting designated for assignment by the White Sox.

Last season for the White Sox, Fulmer would pitch in 20 big league games where he totaled 27.1 innings pitched, two starts, and three games finished. During those 20 appearances, he had a 6.26 ERA, a 1.68 WHIP, striking out 25 hitters, but allowing 26 hits.

In 2019 Fulmer also spent some time at the Triple-A level with the Charlotte affiliate. He pitched in 24 games with seven games finished, and 34 innings pitched. His 24 games at the Triple-A level treated him to a 4.76 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts, which was better than in the big leagues.

The Tigers now lay claim to this reclamation project, but it is a low risk, high reward addition. First of all, the Tigers are rebuilding, so adding depth to the pitching staff even just because of the schematics of the 2020 season is a smart decision.

Beyond that, the Tigers could groom Fulmer to become an asset to this bullpen. Thinking about his role, the Tigers have a versatile bullpen, especially with the return of Daniel Norris to the pitching staff. As a whole, the Tigers bullpen is versatile, and Fulmer could add to this.

He could be another piggyback opener arm or a late-game arm depending on how things shake out. The Detroit Tigers have made it clear that pitcher Michael Fulmer will be an opener to start the 2020 season and Carson Fulmer could add to that crop, or even follow up Michael.

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The Detroit Tigers are looking to turn things around with Carson Fulmer and try to make him a viable option out of the bullpen. It’s time for the Fulmer & Fulmer show in Detroit.