2015 MLB Draft Non-Scouting Report: Carson Fulmer – RHP – Vanderbilt

 

by Burke Granger

2015 MLB Draft Prospect: Carson Fulmer – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5’11” 195. Class: Junior. DOB: 12.13.93. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox – 2012 (15th Round)
Observed: Vanderbilt Commodores @ Kentucky Wildcats 5.1.15
As I wandered around Cliff Hagan Stadium shooting some video of batting practice, a couple of kids came up to me and asked if the guy who yells at himself was pitching for Vanderbilt tonight.  “You mean Carson Fulmer, yeah he’s pitching,” I said.
Fulmer didn’t disappoint me or those kids that night, going 6.2 innings, striking out eight, while walking the line between intense and Jessie Spano on caffeine pills.
Getting rave reviews from scouts and coaches for his competitiveness and makeup since the day he arrived on campus, Fulmer’s passion is hard to ignore.  He greets his fielders as they exit the field after each inning, he’ll chirp at an opponent when needed, and along with Dansby Swanson, he’s an unquestioned leader on the defending National Champion Commodores.
Fulmer served as Vanderbilt’s closer for much of his first two seasons in Nashville, but was called upon to be the Friday starter when two time first round pick Tyler Beede (Blue Jays – 2011, San Francisco – 2014) struggled down the stretch.
Fulmer started three games in Omaha including the national championship game, going 1-0, with a 3.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Picking up where he left off last season, Fulmer’s consistent performance has boosted his stock this spring.
 
 
Statistics *through 5.29.15
YEAR
CLASS
W-L
ERA
G
S
IP
H
K
BB
2013
Fr. 
3-0
2.39
26
4
52.2
37
51
25
2014
So. 
7-1
1.98
26
10
91
61
95
41
2015
Jr.
12-2
1.92
16
0
107.2
71
147
41
It’s important to note that getting one live look at a player doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report.  It’s also important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  None of that is going to stop me from sharing my thoughts on the player.
REPERTOIRE:
Fastball:  Fulmer sat at 94-95 mph against Kentucky and held his velocity throughout the duration of the start.  His delivery provides deception to make the pitch seem even faster, but we’ll get to that later.  Fulmer’s a bit of a short-armer which creates some nice arm side run.
Curveball:  Fulmer’s power curve ball is one of the better out-pitches in college baseball, often generating swings and misses with a sharp 12-6 to 1-7 break.  Fulmer has the confidence in himself and his catcher to throw this pitch in any count.
Changeup: Fulmer threw a couple changeups against Kentucky but I originally mistook them for two seem fastballs, which illustrates that the velocity differential isn’t what it needs to make that pitch effective at present.
DELIVERY
A good athlete, Fulmer’s herky jerky delivery is controlled chaos.  It lacks fluidity, yet it’s oddly repeatable.  He short-arms the ball to the plate, providing great deception and causing hitters to swing at 58 foot curve balls, thinking they’re going to be grooved fastballs.  When throwing from the stretch, Fulmer’s in the 1.2-1.3 second range to home plate which is adequate.
FUTURE
Fuller has been consistently in the top 10 overall pick range in the latest industry mock drafts.  The Red Sox pick at #7 and it’s entirely conceivable they’d select him, given that they took him in the 15th round out of high school.  Boston was in attendance on the day that I saw Fulmer, but so were about 15 other teams so that doesn’t mean much.  It’s probably not even worth mentioning.

 

When I see Fulmer, I see a closer and a damn good one.  I think his floor is that of a high leverage reliever at the Major League level, but any team that takes him in the top 10 is going to try him as a starter first.
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College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 3.20.15

Conference play kicks off this weekend, and it couldn’t come at a better time to break up some of the SEC dominace atop the Prospect Junkies Top 25 Rankings, as SEC clubs currently occupy five of the top six spots.  #5 Texas A&M remains unbeaten with a 4-2 victory over Alabama, in which ace righty Grayson Long struck out 14 to move to 5-0 on the season.
#1 TCU, #2 Florida, #4 Vanderbilt and #6 South Carolina all dropped the first game of their respective weekend series’ so we could be in line for some significant changes among the top 25 when the updated rankings are released on Monday.      

Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Carson Fulmer – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5.2IP 7H 6R 1ER 3BB 8K.  (L, 3-1).  
Grayson Long – RHP – Texas A&M.  6IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 14K.  (W, 5-0).  Prospect of the Day! 
2016 Draft Class
Logan Shore – RHP – Florida.  3.2IP 3H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K.  (L, 3-2).  
Wil Crowe – RHP – South Carolina.  8IP 6H 3R 2ER 2BB 6K.  (L, 3-2).  
Keegan Thompson – RHP – Auburn.  6.2IP 7H 3ER 3BB 8K.  (W, 4-2).  Impressive in win over #4 Vanderbilt.
Dakota Hudson – RHP – Mississippi State.  1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K.  

Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Michael Matuella – RHP – Duke.  6.1IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 5K.
Kenny Koplove – RHP – Duke.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (S, 5).  
Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville. 7IP 4H 0R 0ER 3BB 8K.  (W, 2-2).  
Nathan Kirby – LHP – Virginia.  6IP 6H 4R 2ER 5BB 11K.  ND, but #8 UVA gets back on track with win over #14 FSU.
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K.  (S, 5).    
Trent Thornton – RHP – UNC.  1IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K.  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
James Kaprielian – RHP – UCLA.  6.2IP 5H 1R 0ER 3BB 7K.  (W, 5-1).  
Ryan Burr – RHP – ASU.  2IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 5K.  (W, 4-0).  
Garrett Cleavinger – LHP – Oregon.  0.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  
2016 Draft Class
Brett Hanewich – RHP – Stanford.  6IP 3H 4R 3ER 5BB 6K.  (L, 1-2).  
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  0.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 3).  
Hunter Virant – LHP – UCLA.  1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K.  
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Riley Ferrell – RHP – TCU.  2IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K.  (L, 0-1).  
Mitchell Traver – RHP – TCU.  5IP 2H 3R 2ER 4BB 3K.  
Trey Cobb – RHP – Oklahoma State.  1.2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K.  
Koda Glover – RHP – Oklahoma State.  2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2K.  (W, 1-2).  
2016 Draft Class
Garrett Williams – LHP – Oklahoma State.  1.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 2BB 2K.  
Ryan Moseley – RHP – Texas Tech.  7IP 3H 1R 0ER 2BB 6K.  (W, 2-2).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Kevin Duchene – LHP – Illinois.  7IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 8K.  (W, 3-1).  
Chance Sinclair – RHP – Nebraska.  6IP 8H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K.  (W, 3-3).  
2014 Draft Class
Brett Adcock – LHP – Michigan.  1.2IP 5H 6R 5ER 5BB 1K.  (L, 2-3).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Patrick Weigel – RHP – Houston.  2IP 0H 2R 2ER 3BB 1K.
Aaron Garza – RHP – Houston.  0.2IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K.  (S, 2). 
Ian Gibaut – RHP – Tulane.  3.2IP 5H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K.  (L, 4-2).  
Jimmy Herget – RHP – South Florida.  6.1IP 10H 7ER 2BB 3K.  (L, 4-1).  Lit up by a very good Illinois team.  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Kevin McCanna – RHP – Rice.  2.1IP 8H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K.  (L, 2-2).  
Phil Maton – RHP – Louisiana Tech.  8IP 2H 1R 1ER 3BB 12K.
Best of the Rest
Thomas Eshelman – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  6IP 7H 3R 1ER 0BB 8K.
Dillon Tate – RHP – UC Santa Barbara.  6.2IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB 8K.  (L, 3-2).   
Joseph Shaw – RHP – Dallas Baptist. 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 4-0).  
Colin Welmon – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  6IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K.  (W, 3-3).  
Mike Murray – RHP – Florida Gulf Coast.  9IP 6H 0R 0ER 0BB 4K.  (W, 2-3).  

Zach Plesac – RHP – Ball State.  9IP 3H 0R 0ER 0BB 8K.  (W, 1-1).