GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A few early butterflies couldn’t prevent Carson Fulmer from feeling good about his game action of 2016. But the pitching prospect settled in and struck out two in his second inning of work in a White Sox intrasquad game on Monday.
The No. 8 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Fulmer allowed a run and four hits in two innings. He pitched for Team Frazier, which lost 5-4 to Team Abreu. Fulmer is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
“Every time I come to the field and every time I pitch I always have those butterflies beforehand because of how excited I am to play the game of baseball,” Fulmer said. “I tell myself this and my teammates, you don’t have butterflies before the game, it’s not a good situation. But you love the game, you love doing it and I just had a blast out there.”
Fulmer allowed a leadoff single to Leury Garcia in the bottom of the first inning. Jose Abreu later doubled him in to tie it at 1.
Fulmer pitched better in the second inning as he notched two strikeouts. His fastball routinely sat between 91-92 mph and he touched 93 on the radar gun. The right-hander said he felt great and likes how he competed in his first appearance.
“It’s early on in the year, some of your pitches aren’t where they need to be, and that’s why there’s spring training, is to refurbish those types of pitches and kind of get your feel back from last year,” Fulmer said. “I feel great. I’m healthy. I can’t complain and I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to learn from the experienced guys in the clubhouse.”