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Pickup of the Day

PUD 5/3: Michael Fulmer

by D.J. Short
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.

 

Overshadowed by other recent call-ups Jose Berrios and Sean Manaea, Fulmer was victorious in his major league debut on Friday against the Twins after allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out four batters and topped out at 98.4 mph with his fastball. Acquired from the Mets in the Yoenis Cespedes deal last July, the 23-year-old has reestablished himself as a quality prospect after missing most of 2014 due to a knee injury. Fulmer had a 2.44 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in the minors last season and compiled a 4.11 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings through his first three starts in Triple-A this year prior to getting the call last week. He could be headed back to the minors soon, but consider him in deeper mixed leagues for a Thursday assignment against the Indians if you need a widely-available streaming option this week.