The White Sox first-round pick from the 2015 draft is no longer part of the organization.
And he's joined up with a division rival.
Fulmer, who the White Sox selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2015 draft, was highly touted coming out of Vanderbilt but struggled to find success as a big leaguer. He reached the majors in a hurry, pitching in eight games in 2016, the year after he was drafted, but was quickly roughed up, finishing that short stint with an 8.49 ERA. A year later, he made seven appearances, with much more statistical success. But in nine outings in 2018, seven of which were starts, he struggled mightily, with an 8.07 ERA in 32.1 innings. He made 20 appearances for the big league club last season, posting a woeful 6.26 ERA in 27.1 innings.
Despite those struggles, he figured to be a candidate to make the White Sox roster out of "Summer Camp," if for no other reasons than he was out of options. But he struggled to find the zone in the run-up to the 2020 season, as well, and the White Sox opted to move on. Now, the 26-year-old right-hander is part of a rival organization.
"It's unfortunate, obviously, because as you guys know, Carson is a tremendous kid, an extremely hard worker," general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday, when the Opening Day roster was announced. "He's filled, or attempted to fill, a variety of different roles for us over the years with varying degrees of success.
"He was certainly far more consistent and much closer to the pitcher we all envisioned he'd be back (during spring training). Over the last couple of weeks, for whatever reason, he was more out of sync and unable to find that consistency. But this isn't the end of the story for Carson Fulmer.
"Obviously, we'll see in the coming days if he winds up on another club's 30-man roster or if he remains with us in Schaumburg. Either way, we're not only rooting for him because he's such a good kid, but we also know there's more there and once it clicks for him he's able to help somebody at the big league level."
That somebody is now the Tigers, the kind of rebuilding club that takes fliers on former first-round picks like Fulmer.
If he's going to find that success, he'll need to cut down on the walks. In his major league action with the White Sox, he issued 64 walks and had a BB/9 of 6.1.
Carson Fulmer, White Sox 2015 first-round pick, goes to Tigers on waiver claim originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago