#41 – LHP James Fuller

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 5’10”/180 lbs

Acquired: 21st rd ’08 (Southern Connecticut State)

Born: 6/1/87

Why Ranked Here: Fuller has an average fastball from the left side, that when I saw him this summer was mostly 88-90 and touched 91.  He’s competitive, and even on nights when he didn’t have his best stuff, or his best command, he found a way to succeed.  Fuller’s second offering was a slurvy curveball with slightly above average velocity in the 75 mph range, that he can work up to 78.  His changeup at 78 mph could not fool NYP League hitters.

2009: After working out of the Brooklyn Cyclones bullpen in an injury-shortened 2008, the Mets returned Fuller to the New York-Penn League as a starter in 2009.  Fuller stayed healthy, which was a step forward for him.  He also handled NYP league batters as his he posted a K/BB ratio above four and more than a strikeout an inning, but a 22-year old repeating the league should be able to do that if he’s going to make a career out of professional baseball.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Fuller could wind up in a big league bullpen as a LOOGY.

On the Flipside: Fuller was already 22 in 2009, and is a max effort guy whose mechanical issues will prevent him from throwing enough quality strikes to succeed past AA.

Projected 2010 Start: St. Lucie bullpen or Savannah rotation

G/GS ERA IP H R ER HR BB K AVG BB/9 K/9 HR/9 K/BB GB% R/9
08 NYP 8/1 1.00 18 15 2 2 0 5 22 .238 2.5 11.0 0.0 4.4 63.6 1.0
09 NYP 12/11 2.86 63 58 24 20 4 15 67 .250 2.1 9.6 0.6 4.5 51.4 3.4