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White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer strikes out two in Futures Game

White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer strikes out two in Futures Game

SAN DIEGO — If they ask him to head to the bullpen, Carson Fulmer is confident he can handle the switch.

He likes being a starting pitcher, but the White Sox top prospect thinks his style of pitching lends to a natural transition to a relief role. Many prospect analysts have often suggested Fulmer — who struck out two in a scoreless inning at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park — better projects as a reliever. With a shortage on healthy, effective relievers, the White Sox could call upon Fulmer soon and use him in a relief role.

“I’m a max-effort guy,” Fulmer said. “I do everything I do every time I go out there, and I don’t think that transition will be that big of a difference. It’s the same game. You’re still facing hitters, and I just try to keep the same approach every time I go out there. I don’t think it’ll be a big transition at all if that’s what they decide to do.”

After he struggled early in the season, Fulmer has been in a groove. In his last seven starts, Fulmer has a 3.51 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 41 innings. He also has cut down his walk rate almost in half. In his first 46 innings, Fulmer averaged 6.65 walks per nine innings. He has reduced that to 3.73 per nine over the last 41 innings.

Fulmer attributes his rebound to staying positive and to improved command of his curveball. He has continued to throw the cut-fastball, a pitch he learned in big league camp this spring, and get more comfortable with it.

“You continue to move regardless of the results you have,” Fulmer said. “I’ve had my adversities this year, and I’m over the hump now. I feel great, and I’ve learned a lot from experience.

“I’ve been able to throw (the curve) early on in counts, late in counts. It’s a big pitch I wasn’t really able to have a feel for early on in the year. I feel good now.”

Fulmer also feels like he could help the White Sox compete this season. If moving to the ‘pen comes with a promotion, Fulmer, the eighth overall pick of the 2015 amateur draft, is on board.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to not only get there, but help the team win,” Fulmer said. “For me that’s the most important thing in this game is to win and to continue to have a good culture, and I want to contribute any way I can.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.