Knee Surgery Today For Mets Prospect Michael Fulmer

An article by posted on March 12, 2013

Michael_Fulmer

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com confirms that pitching prospect Michael Fulmer will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Mets team physician Dr. Struan Coleman will perform the operation.

Get well soon, Mike…

Originally Post March 11 at 7:45 PM

Mets pitching prospect Michael Fulmer tore the meniscus in his right knee and is on his way to New York where they will perform surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage.

Hat tip to Mack’s Mets.

Fulmer was participating in STEP camp in Port St. Lucie with many of the other top prospects in the organization.

“I appreciate all the well wishes. I’ll be back at it before we know it,” Fulmer said on Twitter. “Only a very minor setback in a long career,” he added. “Looking forward to getting back to 100 percent.”

Here was our latest analysis on Fulmer who we ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Mets system…

Michael Fulmer, RHP

Height: 6’3”
Weight: 200 LBS
Age: 19 (20 in March)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

If there is one glaringly strong pick from the Sandy Alderson era so far, it has to be Michael Fulmer. Fulmer has the potential to dominate major league teams for years, and already has the frame of a pitcher at just 19 years of age. He is coming off a strong year in Savannah where he made 21 starts that spanned 108 innings. He posted a 2.74 ERA and allowed just 92 hits, six of them going for home runs. He struck out 101 and walked 38, resulting in a 2.66 K/BB rate.

Fulmer throws three defined pitches, and has been known to mix in a fourth every now and then. His fastball is his best pitch, an explosive pitch that sits in the mid-90s and has touched 97 MPH on occasion. His slider is his second best offering, and it comes in at 83-85 with sharp late movement – exactly what you want from a slider. He has been working on a change-up, and it is still in development. Honestly, he did not need one in High School with the dominance of his fastball and slider, so the change is a project. Progress has been made, however, and he mixes in a 12-6 curve at times to keep hitters off balance. It is ridiculous that his pitches and mindset are so mature when you consider young he is.

Outlook: Fulmer’s 2012 line gave a lot of people, including myself, high hopes for the future. Some of the scouts that saw him were most impressed with his aggressiveness and poise. He moves ahead to St.Lucie next year where he will join a rotation packed with some of the best Mets righthanders in the system  Fulmer stands to only improve on his position as a prospect in our system when you consider all things. He already has the build of an MLB pitcher, can overpower hitters, command his pitches, and pitches fearlessly. The goal now is to build his stamina and pitch deeper into games while he continues to develop at his own pace. So far, everything we’ve seen of Fulmer points to a fast rise through the minors. All things considered, Fulmer could find himself anchoring the top or middle of our rotation in a few years and not a single soul would be surprised.

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