Carson Fulmer lasts just 1.1 innings in his season debut for the White Sox. He allowed six runs on four hits and walked four.
Carson Fulmer made his first major league start Monday for the Chicago White Sox. The results were less than stellar. The right-hander allowed six runs on four hits and lasted just 1.1 innings. He also walked four and didn’t record a strikeout. Not the results the team was looking for.
Fulmer definitely struggled with control. That was illustrated by his three walks. He only allowed four hits but the walks really hurt. The 23-year-old pitched a scoreless first, but then the flood gates opened. That definitely wasn’t the start Rick Hahn and company were expecting. And it was in game two of a double header. Luckily Carlos Rodon pitched a strong game so they didn’t have to completely overtax the bullpen.
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When we look at Fulmer as a whole, he has really struggled since the organization decided to make him a starter. Between Double-A and Triple-A, he was 6-10 with a 4.63 ERA in 21 starts last season. This season his numbers weren’t any better. He is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A Charlotte this season.
The White Sox have a lot of pitching in their farm system. Which really means it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Fulmer turned into a reliever. Some scouts felt he would be better suited for that role due in part to his violent wind up.
This could have just been a rough night for Fulmer. It was his first start in the majors. He also doesn’t have a ton of experience. Maybe with more experience he will come into a zone and turn into a solid starting pitcher. If not, then there would definitely be a role for him in the bullpen. But we shouldn’t give up on him yet. Every starter has a rough night. Hopefully this was just a rough night for Fulmer and better things are to come.