White Sox: Carson Fulmer Will Start Sunday Against San Francisco
Carson Fulmer will make his second-career start for the White Sox. He will get the nod when they face San Francisco Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Carson Fulmer will get the nod and make his second start of his MLB career for the Chicago White Sox. Fulmer will start Sunday in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants. He may get another start in September according to Scott Merkin.
The White Sox drafted him eighth overall in the 2015 MLB Draft. At the time, they labeled him a starter. Rick Renteria indicated to Merkin the team was still trying to find where he would fit in the pitching staff. He has been pitching out of the bullpen where he’s looked sharp. His lone start this season didn’t go as planned when he allowed six runs 1 1/3 innings.
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However, he turned that around, albeit it’s a small sample size. He has allowed just one run in his two relief appearances, which have totaled 4 2/3 innings. Again, small sample size, but perhaps the team was on to something. He obviously wants to be a starting pitcher and the organization will give him every opportunity to show he should take the ball every fifth day.
It’s a good time for this team to see what they have in some of their younger guys. Fulmer is definitely someone this team needs to get more experience for and then figure out where to put him. It sounds like he does want to be a starter. But I’m sure all 23-year-old pitching prospects would rather start than come out of the bullpen.
"“We think he can start. He believes he can start, and we’ll run the table and see what happens.”-Rick Renteria, White Sox Manager"
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The good thing for Fulmer is they have an excellent pitching coach in Don Cooper. Cooper is known around the league for getting the most out of his pitchers. If anyone can help him become a more effective starter, it’s Cooper. It wouldn’t be such a tragedy if Fulmer wasn’t able to latch onto a starting spot. There will be plenty of holes for this team to fill in the bullpen. If not a starter, Fulmer shouldn’t have a problem carving himself out a major role in the White Sox bullpen.