Michael Fulmer: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. This was his sixth start of the year back from knee surgery for the 20-year-old and the eight whiffs were a new season high. His K/BB ratio is 26/16. He’s also only allowed 22 hits in 30.2 innings for an opponents’ batting average of .200.
Sunday, Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick discussed Fulmer, “He’s healthy,” Romanick said. “He’s working into shape. Coming back from an injury, he’s just trying to get his momentum going. The stuff’s there. The pitches are there. He needs the innings. As long as he’s healthy, you’re going to see the best of him this month. If we decide to send him out to winter ball, he’ll probably continue to pitch.”
It sounds like a fairly strong indication that as long as Fulmer is healthy, he’s a very good candidate to go to the Arizona Fall League this year to get a few extra innings which will be a big challenge. For now though, I’d like to see fewer walks in the FSL in August.
I mentioned yesterday that most guys who have been playing for five months, can’t do much in August to make me change my opinions about them. Fulmer, obviously, since he has pitched so little does not fall into the category. Fair or unfair, I care more about his August performance than most other players in the system.