Just to be clear, Fulmer's best fastball and best slider are better than Ynoa's. However, Ynoa slips in front of Fulmer because he locates much better. Add these two together - Fulmer's fastball and slide and Ynoa's control and feel for a changeup - and that's a guy who would ?be a top 5 prospect in the system.
#13 ? RHP Gabriel Ynoa
The real news here is that RHP Michael Fulmer, one of the Mets' top a-ball amrs, left Sunday's game early. The note I got from a source in St. Lucie: "May be his throwing shoulder." That sounds ominous, but more after further tests and a more extensive diagnosis. The 20-year-old Fulmer's line: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Fulmer's season started late after meniscus surgery on his right knee, which has held him to just seven starts in St. Lucie.
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Michael Fulmer: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. This was his sixth start of the year back from knee surgery for the 20-year-old and the eight whiffs were a new season high. His K/BB ratio is 26/16. He's also only allowed 22 hits in 30.2 innings for an opponents' batting average of .200.
Sunday, Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick discussed Fulmer, "He's healthy," Romanick said. "He's working into shape. Coming back from an injury, he's just trying to get his momentum going. The stuff's there. The pitches are there. He needs the innings. As long as he's healthy, you're going to see the best of him this month. If we decide to send him out to winter ball, ?he'll probably continue to pitch."
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1. Michael FulmerThe big righty was not good on Sunday: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5 gb outs/2 fly outs. It was just his third start of the year at age 20 in advanced-A. Watch his walks: he's issued six in 12.1 innings.
2. Kevin Plawecki's ApproachWhen he was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie, C Kevin Plawecki went 11 games without drawing a walk, at which point he was hitting .318/.318/.477. He's an aggressive hitter, but I was surprised and a little disappointed he was being so hacker-ish. Since that first walk, he has hit .349/.500/.395 in his last 14 games with eight walks and six strikeouts. He's sitting at .333/.420/.437 overall. Plawecki has also played five games at first and 18 at catcher. I really don't think his bat plays at first, but it does behind the plate. Even so, there's nothing wrong with working him a little at first to keep his bat in the linup and cut down on the wear and tear on his body (he missed a few days with a lower back problem) and give him a little extra versatility. It's worth pointing out too that this is Plawecki's first full season, and his longest ever. I thought he was fatigued in Brooklyn in 2012, so I will be curious to see what happens with his power numbers for the duration of this summer.
The most important thing to happen in the Mets minor system Sunday: Michael Fulmer, my preseason #6 Mets' prospect, made his Florida State League debut. Fulmer, after a pair of GCL starts, gave up three runs in the first inning, but settled in thereafter. His line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
The Mets collected just two hits.
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Easily the most important thing to happen in the system Tuesday: Michael Fulmer's first appearance in a box score following spring training meniscus surgery. By the box score, he was excellent: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. If he can go six innings, I'd wager that he is ready to rejoin the St. Lucie rotation.
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I was hoping you could provide us with a post updating some of our top ranked players with injuries. ?Any updated on Mateo, Fulmer? What about Tapia? Is he injured? ?I have not seen any game lines for him.
Oh, I can. Tapia burned his non-pitching hand, but he returned over the weekend, and lasted only one third of an inning.
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- Michael Fulmer (torn meniscus): threw one inning and 12 pitches Wednesday in an extended spring training game without any issue. He will proceed on a standard starter's schedule to stretch out his arm to prepare for game action.
- Luis Mateo (elbow): He's resting/rehabbing in Port St Lucie. He left his start on April 15th. The idea is that he will begin throwing in the next week-10 days depending on how his elbow progresses. One scout who saw Mateo in the Florida State League really liked him; he saw him as an above average big league starter - like a #2 level guy.
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Two hours and forty-five minutes later, although the Mets had not responded publicly or to inquiries, Fulmer basically confirmed the story via his twitter feed.
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Obviously, no RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Jacob deGrom or 3B Aderlin Rodriguez. Montero, I suspect will be on the Florida State League list, but I confess I am still fuzzy on BA's eligibility requirements by league.
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Unless the 19-year old Fulmer hurt his shin on the bus, this is a classic phantom DL trip. The Gnats skipped Fulmer, the Mets supplemental first round pick in 2011, over the weekend which foreshadowed this shutdown. Putting Fulmer on the DL allows ?the Gnats to carry another plater. Calling it a shin contusion keeps the important parts of his anatomy (arm, shoulder, elbow, back) with a clean medical history.
He threw 73.1 innings between high school and the GCL last year and was up to 108.1 this year so the Mets cut him off at a clean 35 increase with instructional league, starting September 17, to come.
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Fulmer threw 68 innings in high school last year and 5.1 as a professional for a total of 73.1. He's up to 108.1 innings now, an increase of 35.1 innings over a year ago. The 19-year old has improved measurably over the course of the year, lowering his ERA from 3.35 in 11 starts and 51 innings in the first half to 2.20 over 57.1 inning and 10 starts in the second half. His strikeout rate increased from 20% in the first half to 24% as his slider improved.
- Nice profile of 38 year old LHP CJ Nitkowski, in the USA Today, who is in Buffalo after dropping down to sidearm, and dealing with a rotator cuff problem last year. He learned sidearm throwing to his wife, Megan. That's cool.
- Adam Rubin caught up with Cyclones' catcher, and this year's supplemental first rounder Kevin Plawecki in his weekly Farm Report at ESPNNY. ?Apparently, his roommate Brandon Nimmo coaxed him into a NYC adventure, "He conned me into going to the Museum of Natural History on one of the last couple off-days. I was actually glad we did it. It was kind of neat to go out and see something different," Plawecki says.
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Michael Fulmer fought his control through 88 pitches and five innings. His line: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He dealt with baserunners in every frame and the Legends put the leadoff man on base in each of the last four innings. And, working mostly with his fastball and changeup, the 19-year old Fulmer limited the damage. He did not use his slider much at all.
After the game, Fulmer told MiLB.com, ""It was a little humid out, and I certainly let a few pitches get away from me there," Fulmer said. "But overall, I thought the fastball and changeup were there when I needed them. When it got down to it, I just bared down and got the outs that I needed."
When looking at box scores from Asheville, Keep park effects in mind. Asheville's McCormick Field is a great place to hit, and a very difficult place to pitch. In every year since 2009, the Tourists have led the SAL in batting average or slugging. Could the Rockies have had an incredible run of hitting prospects? Perhaps, but it's all about a ballpark with a tiny rightfield up in the mountains where the ball flies.
This year, for example, the Tourists are leading the SAL in batting average (.278) and slugging (.446) in an SAL averaging .259/.336/.387. The 2012 Tourists hit .284/.362/.468 with 65 homers at home, and .271/.346/.422 with 40 homers on the road. The pitchers have a 4.51 ERA at home and 3.58 on the road.
CF Alonzo Harris began the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth with a single into left. After a walk and a hit-by-pitch, the game ended on a force-out at second shortstop to enterfield, which is fun. The speedy Harris has taken advantage of Cesar Puello's lost season to hit .274/.352/.410 in 84 games while playing a lot of centerfield for St. Lucie. He's earned a shot at Binghamton next year. Puello, by the way, was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring Wednesday.
3B Aderlin Rodriguez homered off Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon, his first homer in 13 games with St. Lucie. Rodriguez took Taillon deep a year ago, when Taillon was with West Virginia and Rodriguez was a Sand Gnat. The 20-year old has hit in three straight after a slow start in the FSL and is now up to 17 homers, matching his total from a year ago.
Before Thursday's start, I asked Savannah manager Luis Rojas how he would attack Fulmer if he had to hit off him.
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Michael Fulmer. Michael Fulmer: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. He induced five groundball outs, and needed only two in the air. All four hits he allowed were singles. The 19-year old is up to fourth in the SAL in ERA (2.67) and is third in WHIP (1.09). He's just a better pitcher in nearly every respect than he was at the beginning of the year. He's commanding his fastball, which is generally 93-94 mph, ?better to both sides. His slider has made progress and helped him keep some Braves off-balance.
Behind the Wheeler/Harvey grouping,?Fulmer is at the top of the next class of Mets' pitching prospects in A-ball and below, that includes Domingo Tapia and Steven Matz. It's not hard to squint and see a nice big league rotation regular in a few years.
Everyone in the stadium knew it was possible, likely even, when Aderlin Rodriguez stepped to the plate leading off the bottom of the 10th inning in a scoreless game. Four pitches and a missile of a homerun to leftfield later, the Gnats had a 1-0 win. ?It was his second game in a row with a homerun, and his third in his last four games. With 15 homeruns overall, he's now tied for second in the SAL, and his 36 extra-base hits are tied for fourth. Once again for fun: since May 1, the 20-year old has hit .312/.374/.563 with 26 extra-base hits and 20 walks in 54 games.
And then there was the defense. He committed his 17th error of the year. In the fourth inning, with one out, he moved to his left to cut off a chopper. He was there, but as he reached out for the ball, he looked over his shoulder to check on SS Matt Reynolds. That diversion of his attention, cost him the ability to field the ball cleanly. In the 10th inning, he made a similar play moving to his left, setting his feet, and firing a strike to first, without adventure.
Michael Fulmer is getting betterFriday: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He's up to 8th in the SAL in ERA (3.00) as a 19-year old and is third in the SAL in opponents' batting average (.209). His ERA by month: April-4.08, May-3.00, June - 2.22.
His last three starts: 0.93 ERA, 19.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 17 K, .134 opponents' average (9 H/27 AB). "I feel like I'm pitching now," he told me after his last home start when he struck out a career-high eight batters in six innings. He is pitching more. That includes throwing more changeups, even in hitters' counts to get easy outs. It means have having the faith to throw his slider more.
Everything went right for the Gnats in this one, as the Gnats outhit the Braves 15-4 behind Michael Fulmer's best start of the year.
Fulmer: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He induced nine groundball outs and seven flyballs. It was Fulmer's first start longer than five innings. It was the second start in 11 tries in which he held his opponent off the scoreboard. With a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.3 (44 K/19 BB) in 51 innings and a 3.35 ERA, the ?19-year old is doing just fine. He's made strides with both his slider and changeup. Scouts see a big leaguer, but some have foretold a move to the bullpen evenperhaps a reliever in the end.
Francisco Pena (.261/.312/.443 - 34 G) was 2-for-4 with a double to pick up two of St. Lucie's three hits. The 22-year old, in his fourth season in the FSL, has an OBP above .300 for the first time.
RF Cory Vaughn was 1-for-4 with a homer, his 11th, to retake the FSL lead away from teammate Wilmer Flores and four others. He's shown power and patience (he's drawn 25 walks in 54 games) but the batting average has not been there as he is hitting .235/.330/.446 overall.
Stop what you're doing. ?After a 3-for-4 night with a double and a walk Thursday, 3B?Wilmer Flores?just finished May by hitting .358/.414/.604 with five doubles, seven home runs, nine walks and 11 strikeouts in 27 games. The 20-year old has even started walking, as he's drawn four free passes in five games, as I suspect the Florida State League is giving him fewer pitches to hit.
After leaving Wednesday's game early, Darrell Ceciliani did not play Thursday, but CF Alonzo Harris (.273/.338/.386) reached base five times from the leadoff spot by going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs, three RBI and a walk.
St. Lucie had a tough assignment in this one, taking on 2011's #1 overall pick, Gerritt Cole of the Pirates. He was throwing hard, 94-97, but according to ESPN's Kiley McDaniel was not using his off-speed offerings very much at all. Cole's final line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
2B Danny Muno was 2-for-4 and took Cole deep in the 3rd inning. The 23-year old is hitting .284/.344/.468 in 35 with five homers.
Another day, another win for St. Lucie which improved to 23-5 and holds a 9.5 game lead for first place in the FSL South.
RF Cory Vaughn was 1-4 with three strikeouts, but ripped his FSL-leading 8th home run of the year. The recently turned 23 year old is bopping along at .292/.376/.604 in 25 games and leading the FSL in slugging?after launching six home runs in his last eight games.
The FSL Mets erased a 6-0 deficit and won it in the bottom of the ninth when DH Danny Muno doubled home SS Wilfredo Tovar who had singled to start the inning. The 20-year old Tovar was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double, his fifth of the year to push his season line to .347/.418/.449.
Mets hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson recently praised Tovar as one of the St. Lucie Mets who had taken the biggest strides in the last year, "He's starting to come along and do some of the things that we want him to do with the bat," Johnson said, "I liked what I saw when I was down in Port St. Lucie with him. It's all about the approach." Tovar has walked four times and fanned just three in 15 games. He's currently the toughest hitter in the FSL to strikeout with one whiff every 18.67 PA. The second-toughest hitter to strike out in the FSL? Wilmer Flores (.320/.356/.460 - 15 G), who was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI Sunday.
Cory Mazzoni is just cruising through the Florida State League so far. Monday: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. His three-start line: 16 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 11 K. I've been told he's sitting in the low 90s, but can reach back for 94 when he needs it.
3B Wilmer Flores picked up a couple of singles, a walk and two stolen bases(?!?). For a little bit of context, he stole just two bases in the entire 2011 season over 133 games. All eight of his hits so far in 2012 have been singles.
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Talking Mets baseball with Ted and Patrick and this week Mets pitching prospect RHP Michael Fulmer.
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Michael Fulmer made his full-season debut and no-hit the weak-hitting Braves lineup through four before giving up a pair of doubles and a run-scoring single in the fifth. It was a very fine full-season debut. His final line: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He was throwing hard all night 90-91 on the stadium gun which I've now been told is about 2-3 mph light, pushing him to 92-94 mph range. His slider was near 80 (again per the stadium gun).
He retired the side in order in the first inning on six fastballs. He struggled to find the strike zone in the second inning, walking two batters in a 30 pitch inning in which he introduced the slider into the game. He retired the side in order in the third and fourth innings, mixing in the slider well to complement his fastball. The 19-year old gave up back-to-back doubles to start the fifth on belt-high fastballs. His final batter of the night, right-handed hitting leadoff man SS Elmer Reyes singled against him to to drive home the second run. The pitch sequence went something like: fastball for strike one, two sliders away which were fouled off for an 0-2 advantage, and then a fastball away that Reyes poked into rightfield for a single. It's possible if Fulmer had gotten that fastball down, Reyes would have rolled it to the second baseman. I said on air at the time that on 0-2, after a pair of sliders away, it would have been a good time to come back inside.
Now, look, I don't want to read too much into one tweet. However, if he's working on getting stretched out now, that's a decent sign he's at least in the running to break camp with the Savannah rotation. If he were throwing just an inning or two, it would signal that the Mets are more interested in holding him back to a short-season league.
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In his second professional game, first round pick Brandon Nimmo?(pictured) made his first start in center field. ?He was strangely unchallenged defensively, as he fielded just one routine single in front of him.
At the plate, he was 2-5 with a single pulled in the hole at first, and one right up the middle off the second base bag. ?We'll have video here of most of his swings from Sunday.
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? ? ?Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1
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Supplemental first-rounder Michael Fulmer Tweeted (via @MFulmer12) on June 23 that he had reached an agreement with the Mets. Nearly a month later, he officially signed with the team for $937,500.
That amount is more than any other deal outside of the first round so far, and in excess of the commissioner's office's $776,700 guideline for the 44th overall pick.The difference between the recommended slot, and Fulmer's actual bonus: $160,800. Again: $168,000. That's: $168,000.
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Mets 1st round supplemental round pick, Michael Fulmer paid a visit to the Mets clubhouse over the weekend:
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Some collected opinions from the web:
Kevin Goldstein: Michael Fulmer, RHP, Deer Creek HS (OK). This was the other big arm in Oklahoma. Really big arm, up to 96, but it's with a lot of effort and he needs refinement.