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Thursday, April 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: MICHAEL FULMER SP DETROIT TIGERS

With the Detroit Tigers having placed SP Shane Greene on the 15-day DL earlier on Wednesday with a blister, the team made it five the number of top pitching prospects summoned from the minors leagues over the last two weeks when they confirmed prized arm Michael Fulmer would get the call to start in his place.  At only 23 years old, Fulmer was the main get for the Tigers from the New York Mets in last July's Yoenis Cespedes trade.  While the trade worked out for the Mets, they reportedly agonized over dealing Fulmer due to how much they valued his promise.  His performance last season in the minors at Double-A justified this belief as he registered an ace-like 1.88 for the Mets farm club with terrific peripherals (8.69 K/9, 2.41 BB/9).  Those peripherals improved at Double-A for Detroit after coming over to the Tigers (9.38 K/9, 1.99 BB/9) despite a slight jump in ERA to 2.84.  In short, while Fulmer may not have had the pure strikeout heat of Noah Syndegaard or Matt Harvey coming up the New York Mets system, he was still considered to be one of the best pitching prospects in that team's ridiculous system and that means he should be picked up in all formats.  With Greene on the DL, Fulmer has a real shot to lock down a rotation spot for good.

 

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