The calendar reads, June 8th 2015, Today is the day of the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft. After selecting the best available pitcher (Carlos Rodon) with the 4th selection in the prior years draft, The Chicago White Sox are set to pick in the top ten for the second straight year.
The draft begins, “With the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft The Arizona Diamondbacks select, Dansby Swanson Short Stop from Vanderbilt University.” Vanderbilt who had just finished second in the College World Series was loaded with MLB prospects. 9 drafted in 2015 and 5 in the first 3 rounds to be exact.
Fast forward “with the 8th overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft The Chicago White Sox select, Carson Fulmer RHP from Vanderbilt University.”
Fast forward again, the date is now March 14th, 2018. Carson Fulmer is getting ready to take the mound agaisnt the Milwaukee Brewers, Fulmer sits at 0-3 so far this spring and is known to be competing for the 5th rotation spot with veteran Free Agent signing Hector Santiago.
Fast forward one last time, WHAT JUST HAPPENED CARSON!?
1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 HR, 3 BB, 0 K.
Thats just one start, right? Can’t be too bad, right? Wrong.
Eighteen, this is the age you can get your first tattoo, buy a lotto ticket, register to vote, all in all solid birthday year. However an ERA in the MLB of Eighteen.. let’s just say that’s no bueno Mr. Fulmer.
The best part about all of it is the fact that Fulmer stated, “It’s just a bad outing” 3 Home Runs and 7 Earned Runs.. okay Carson.
This is where things get intersesting, the White Sox who currently have the 3rd best farm system in all of baseball, are loaded with pitching depth in the minors. So in a sense this Fulmer stuff doesnt bother me as much as if it were Moncada, or Jimenez because theres plenty of options there. The problem is that you used a first round pick on the guy and you want to see things work out. It really does make you wonder what if, though…
7th pick- Andrew Benintendi, OF (Red Sox)
8th pick- Carson Fulmer, RHP (White Sox)
9th pick- Ian Happ, OF (Cubs)
Happ and Benintendi are two of my favorite young outfield prospects in all of baseball, lot of raw power, good range, and can play any outfield position. So that really makes you wonder what if the White Sox were already loaded on pitching prospects like they are now, could we have Andrew Benintendi in Left or Ian Happ on Center? Probably, but the fact of the matter is we don’t, and now we’re stuck with this guy.