Everyone has that one favorite player they have been following for a long time. Through the ups and downs, you will stick behind this player, even if there are more downs than ups. Ever since the White Sox used their 8th overall pick in 2015 on College World Series champion Carson Fulmer, I have had a soft spot for the guy.
After following his journey with Vanderbilt, there were many people sharing excitement for him. But unfortunately, after three years of splitting time between White Sox and the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, Fulmer has not broken out yet. In 27.1 innings in 2019, Fulmer posted an ugly 6.26 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 20 walks. His WHIP of 1.68 is something that needs attention.
Many may cringe upon hearing the name Carson Fulmer, but the fact of the matter is the White Sox still need a long-relief pitcher. If any of the starters have trouble making it out of the 3rd innings, there is no one clear option the team can turn to. The team needs an innings eater to help bridge the gap between the starters and the backend of the bullpen. Fulmer is that innings eater.
There are many more names that could wind up in the ‘pen in 2020. Ian Hamilton and Zack Burdi have been talked about. Newly acquired from the Angles Adalberto Mejia is another option. Plus there is still a variety of solid arms that are still free agents. The White Sox, for a team about to start competing, the bullpen is fantastic. And if that is the last piece they need to compete, lucky for them they are already ahead in that category.