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#MLBPlayers411 | Michael Fulmer

   07-04-2017
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Today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, Michael Fulmer, is getting an All-Star nod for the first time in 2017.

The Detroit Tigers pitcher is building off an impressive 2016 season in which he went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA, reached a scoreless-inning streak of 33.1 innings and became the first Tigers pitcher since at least 1913 to allow one or zero runs in eight consecutive starts, all en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award and the Major League Baseball Players Association's Players Choice Award for AL Outstanding Rookie. At 7-6 with a 3.19 ERA in 2017, Michael currently leads all Tigers pitchers with 101.2 innings pitched.

“It's a blessing, it truly is,” Fulmer said after he was told of his All-Star selection. “Didn't think much into it until (manager) Brad (Ausmus) told me earlier today. Just to have the respect and votes from my peers and coaches, analysts and whoever else voted, it's an honor to be able to represent the Tigers.”

Michael certainly is representing the Tigers as he will be Detroit's lone representative in the Midsummer Classic.

Michael grew up in Edmond, Okla., where he attended Deer Creek High School. As a senior at Deer Creek, Michael flourished as a two-way player, going 10-2 with a 0.72 ERA along with 127 strikeouts, while hitting .436 with six home runs.

After graduation, Michael committed to playing collegiate ball at the University of Arkansas, but changed his plans after being selected by the New York Mets in the  first-round of the amateur draft,  . It was off to the Gulf Coast Mets for rookie ball, where Michael primarily pitched out of the bullpen.

Michael moved from the bullpen and into the rotation with Single-A Savannah in 2012, where he posted a 7-6 record and a 2.74 ERA. The Mets seventh-ranked prospect in 2013, Michael had an unfortunate year in 2013, appearing in only nine games because of injury. But the raw potential that landed him among the Mets best prospects, ultimately led to his departure from the organization.

Faced with a crowded pool of young pitching talent and in need of a big bat in the major-league lineup, the Mets traded Michael to the Detroit Tigers for Yoenis Céspedes at the trade deadline in 2015. After finishing out the year with Double-A Erie and beginning 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, Michael made his major-league debut on April 29, and allowed two earned runs over five innings and struck out four in a 9–2 Tigers victory over the Twins.

On May 21, in his first start at home, Michael struck out 11 Rays over seven innings, becoming the first Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher to strike out 11 batters in one game since Pat Underwood in 1979.

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