With the eighth overall pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected right hand pitcher Carson Fulmer from Vanderbilt University. Fulmer is a 6’0″, 195-pound junior from Lakeland, FL. With the pick, Fulmer was one of three players drafted from Vanderbilt in the first round. He joined Dansby Swanson who was the first overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Walker Buehler picked 24th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For the second straight draft, the White Sox ended up selecting the best collegiate starting pitcher in the draft class. Last year, Chicago picked Carlos Rodon third overall. However, before he can focus on his professional career, Fulmer still has some work left to do in his collegiate career as Vanderbilt will be one of the eight teams playing next week in Omaha at the NCAA College World Series. The Commodores will be looking to win back-to-back championships, with Fulmer projected as their game one starter next weekend.
While Fulmer has been heavily scouted all season long, the White Sox likely got an up close and personal look at the right hander this past weekend. Fulmer pitched Friday night in Champaign, IL in game one of the NCAA Super Regionals. In that game, Fulmer went 6.1 shutout innings with five strikeouts. The impressive performance perhaps convinced the in-state White Sox that if available, Fulmer would be their guy to draft.
This season, Fulmer has dominated the opposition. He is 13-2 on the season with a 1.82 ERA. He also has three complete games to his credit this year along with 152 strikeouts and a .186 batting average against. He is just another in the growing line of talented arms to come out of Vanderbilt that also include the likes of David Price and Sonny Gray, who Fulmer is often compared to.
When Fulmer is big league ready, and it may not be long after his college days are complete, he will likely project more as a long-term starter than reliever. If the White Sox are able to maintain everyone, having a trio of Chris Sale, Rodon, and Fulmer would suddenly give Chicago a formidable group of young, talented arms in their rotation. Pitching ultimately becomes the backbone of any successful team, and the White Sox appear primed to have a good foundation to build from with these arms. For the second straight year, the Chicago White Sox likely landed the top-talented arm in the draft class. This time, it is with the eighth pick in the promising pitcher Carson Fulmer.