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Monday, June 13, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: MICHAEL FULMER SP DETROIT TIGERS

History was made Sunday in fantasy baseball and it came from an unlikely source.  The big newsmaker was Detroit Tigers rookie SP Michael Fulmer who became the first pitcher since before the year 1900!!!! to throw four straight starts of six innings or more with no runs given up and 3 or less hits surrendered in each.  Amazing numbers and it brings to mind the ridiculous second half put up by Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta a year ago.  Yes Fulmer has been that good and the rookie already is showing why he was the main piece the New York Mets gave up to the Tigers for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.  While the Mets have no regrets about the deal since Cespedes helped the team go to the World Series last season, GM Sandy Alderson surely is up at night wondering if he will rue the day he made the deal based on what we have seen thus far out.  Again the numbers are beyond dominant for Fulmer right now and this stretch comes after a truly horrific start to his career when he sat with a 6.52 ERA after his first four outings that had him dangerously close to being demoted.  We sat here as well in calling for Fulmer to be sent down as he simply didn't look ready. 

However Fulmer was not ready himself to be demoted and after that last of his four struggling starts, he went to work on developing a third pitch to help make his arsenal of 97-mph fastball and 88-mph slider look more potent.  Fulmer would develop a very good changeup seemingly overnight and the results since them have been spectacular to say the least.  In addition to the lack of hits and runs given up, Fulmer has used his fastball to punch out 52 batters in 53.2 innings which further point to him as a future ace-level fantasy baseball pitcher.  He has been that type of arm since the middle of May and there seems no end in sight now to what Fulmer can accomplish.  Now a .262 BABIP is on the lucky side which shows in Fulmer's 3.84 XFIP but again the underlying trends are positive.  Those who own Fulmer have to be giddy over what they are seeing and only some late season fatigue as he gets up there in innings is the worry.  What a debut. 


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