Michael Fulmer may be the best pitcher on the Detroit Tigers, and that is saying a lot when the staff includes Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmermann.
If you haven’t heard of Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer yet, where have you been? This kid is proving in his rookie season that he has the stuff to be great for years to come. When the Tigers acquired Fulmer from the Mets last July for Yoenis Cespedes, many Tigers fans were baffled at why Detroit would trade such a great outfielder for prospects. Fans may feel a bit different about the trade now.
Fulmer dominated the Texas Rangers on Sunday by pitching a complete game shut out as Detroit rolled to a 7-0 win. More importantly he helped Detroit win the series vs. the Rangers and keep them within a game and a half of the AL Wild Card position. Pitching in big games and dominating has seemed effortless for Fulmer in 2016, which has him in the conversation for AL Rookie of the Year and a possible CY Young award.
So far, Fulmer has 12 quality starts, a 1.02 WHIP and the lowest ERA in the AL at 2.25. Add to that, this kid is just 23 years old, and the future of the Tigers pitching staff looks bright once again. After punching out nine Rangers this afternoon, he has run his strike out total to 103 on the season, while compiling a 10-3 record.
Fulmer, along with Nomar Mazara (Texas) and Tyler Naquin (Indians) are the three AL rookies many believe will be battling it out for the ROY Award this fall.