White Sox select Fulmer with No. 8 pick
CHICAGO -- Carson Fulmer of Vanderbilt was selected No. 8 overall by the White Sox in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft on Monday night. He has a fastball that touches 96-98 mph and a curve ball that is described as a true out-pitch.
As far as his makeup goes, Fulmer ranks off the charts in that particular category.
"If I had one guy to say he's an absolute 80+ makeup guy, it's him," said White Sox assistant scouting director Nick Hostetler of Fulmer. "He battles, competes.
"I would want this kid to start Game 7 of the World Series for me, but also I have two daughters and I hope a guy like that marries one of my daughters. He's that type of terrific kid."
The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 a.m. CT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 12 p.m. CT. The White Sox won't select again until Pick No. 112 in the fourth round.
The right-handed Fulmer put together a 13-2 record with a 1.82 ERA over 17 starts this season for the Commodores, who are headed to the College World Series by virtue of a 4-2 victory over Illinois on Monday. He struck out 152 and walked 46 over 114 innings, making the 21-year-old junior one of four finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. His career mark checks in at 23-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 298 strikeouts over 258 innings.
This native of Lakeland, Fla., the same city where Chris Sale also is from, follows left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon (2014, No. 3), shortstop Time Anderson (2013, 17th) and outfielder Courtney Hawkins (2012, 13th) as the most recent first-round White Sox selections. Some believe that the White Sox grabbed the top collegiate pitcher for the second year in a row.
"We're going to hear different things about an unconventional delivery, things of that nature, but you can't pass on guys that win and guys that are effective and guys that get people out," said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann of Fulmer, who was recommended by White Sox scout Phil Gulley and whose eighth pick is slotted at $3,470,600. "He's got a dynamic pitch. His breaking ball is his strikeout pitch. He's 93-96, 96, carries it late into the game. We're excited to get him."
A similar path as Sale and Rodon could be laid out for Fulmer, in that he begins in the Minors and maybe even with the White Sox as a reliever. Ultimately, though, the White Sox see a starter who will join with Sale, Rodon and Jose Quintana to form a formidable future rotation quartet.
"I definitely want to start," said Fulmer during his MLB Network interview. "It's something I wanted to do for a very long time. I had to go out and prove it, but I just want to help the organization any way possible."
"We had a long meeting back in August with him and he was terrific," Hostetler said. "He just answered all your questions, straight to the point, competitor. He wanted to prove that he was the best pitcher in this class and I think he did that."