Like Noah Syndergaard, Michael Fulmer threw his first bullpen of the season at Mets spring training today. While Syndergaard's going to get the lion's share of the attention as he develops because he was part of the R.A. Dickey trade, Fulmer's prospect status is nearly as good. Rob Castellano ranked him fourth in the Mets' system in our Top 50 Prospects for 2013. First the video:
As was the case with the Syndergaard video, I'd recommend fullscreen with 720p selected on YouTube. And here's what Rob had to say about him in his top prospects list:"
"The 19-year old from Oklahoma was nothing short of spectacular in his first full pro season, posting the fourth-lowest ERA as well as the third-lowest opponent average among qualified starters in the SAL. Oh, and did I mention he was among the five youngest players in the circuit for most of the season? Utilizing a special fastball that works in the low-to-mid 90s — and even touched 97-98 MPH at times — Fulmer overpowered hitters who were on average two years his senior. What's more, the further development of a sharp, mid-80s slider gave him a second potential plus-pitch and an excellent put-away option. The dynamic mix of stuff, youth, and success makes the 6'3", 200 lbs righty one of the biggest stories in the system in 2012 and one of it's best prospects going forward."