GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While he could end up a reliever in the long run, Carson Fulmer officially begins his career as a starting pitcher.
The 2015 White Sox first-rounder received a pair of starting assignments for the upcoming week. He is set to start in Monday’s intrasquad game opposite prospect Tyler Danish.
Fulmer is also on the schedule to face the Kansas City Royals on Saturday in the team’s third Cactus League game.
John Danks is listed as the starter for Thursday’s exhibition opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jacob Turner is set to pitch on Friday against the Cleveland Indians.
“I’ve always wanted to be a starter,” Fulmer said. “I relieved early on in college, became a starter later, and now I’m having an opportunity to start here. It’s a good opportunity. I’ll get to face some good talent, obviously, and I’m just looking forward to the experience.”
The No. 8 overall pick in last June’s draft, Fulmer made nine starts last season, including eight at Single-A Winston-Salem. He finished the season with a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings, striking out 26. Some wonder whether or not Fulmer can stick as a starting pitcher. Others, including fellow Vanderbilt pitcher David Price, believe that Fulmer could be a major league reliever right now.
Fulmer is likely to start the season in Double-A Birmingham’s rotation. He looks forward to the week ahead.
“It will be great,” Fulmer said. “It’s a new opportunity to go out there and just pitch. I’m definitely looking forward to it, and I’ll see what happens.
“I really don’t know what to expect (Saturday). I have to keep the game simple and go out there and try to give us the best chance to win.”