Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
9-2, 2.13 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
What a surprise this kid has been.
When the Detroit Tigers acquired Michael Fulmer in a trade last season that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets, Tigers fans had little idea that he would be this good, this quickly.
Since being called up back in late April, the rookie has been nothing short of spectacular. His 9-2 record, 2.13 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 84.2 IP is more than anyone could’ve expected.
He has been the ace in the Tigers rotation and is a big reason why they are fighting for a playoff spot.
One question with Fulmer is if he can keep this pace up.
He is on pace to throw more innings this year than he has ever pitched in a season in the minors. He hasn’t shown any signs of stopping yet, but arm fatigue could be a factor toward the end of the year.
Another question with the former first round pick depends on if he’ll have enough innings to qualify.
If Fulmer is able to keep it up, there is little question that he will win A.L. Rookie of the Year. However, he may not have enough innings as a starter to win the Cy Young.
If he is able to log at least 120 innings, he has a shot. But the baseball writers may think it isn’t enough for him to earn this prestigious award.
Whether Fulmer wins the Cy Young or not, Detroit has found a budding star.