In fact you could argue he's not a prospect at all anymore.
Every now and then I take a shot on a pitching prospect in another organization in the hopes that they can be something good or great. For the most part my Odes to Dodgers prospects have gone pretty well. Now let's see if this can translate to Carson Fulmer there.
The Story This Year
So collectors got to see Carson Fulmer a lot this year. He was in basically every product in some capacity as the White Sox's token rookie. And for good reason. A former first round pitcher in the White Sox org? That's a recipe for success in my book, Topps likely thought the same. Yet things haven't quite clicked for Fulmer this year.
The six foot righty made it to the big leagues in 2016 and there were hopes that 2017 would go better for him. They haven't. For whatever reason Fulmer's 2017 campaign was marred by control issues and inconsistent results that ended up with him spending most of his time in triple-A Charlotte with a few starts in Chicago near the end of the season, a few of which were forced by the hands of the Baseball Gods. That said he did improve. His development as been, aggressive, to say the least since the White Sox really like their first rounders to make a quick impact at the big league level (remember Chris Sale and Addison Reed?) but he's responded relatively positively so far. He still walks a few too many batters in his good starts, but if nothing else he can still dominate with a really good fastball-curveball combo.
There are questions about Fulmer's long term role. Some say he should be a reliever permanently, others say he should be given more time to develop into a starter. Given the White Sox's starting pitching depth I'd say that he'll either be seeing a lot of time in triple-A or as part of the White Sox bullpen in the immediate future, and then as the rotation jam works itself out through injuries and whatnot (like it always does) the White Sox can decide what to do with Fulmer then.
I'm no talent evaluator but I am a pretty big believer in Fulmer. I think he's as good a buy-low candidate as anybody else in that category (sidenote, fellow White Sock Lucas Giolito is a good one too IMHO).
Fulmer definitely has the raw potential and the pitches to be a great pitcher. The question is when/how he puts it all together. His last few outings of the year as a big leaguer showed what he can be (pretty darn good). The ones in the middle of the year showed that he's still got a long ways to go. Hopefully that blister doesn't bother him too much and he can be on his merry way.
If anything what really gives me confidence is the fact that he pitches for the White Sox. The White Sox and Pirates are (in my naive mind) two of the better teams when it comes to pitcher development. The White Sox pitching conditioning/coaching staff are basically miracle workers. Developing Jose Quintana into a top tier starter, getting productive years out of the post-Petco Jake Peavy, managing to get mostly healthy seasons out of Gavin Floyd, etc... If anyone can turn Fulmer into a complete pitcher, it's them.
So there you have it. I've either been able to alert you all of the next Red Faber or the next Adam Peterson. Chances are he'll fall in somewhere in between.
BTW, if you're wondering what I meant by the title of this post, it is in reference to the note above sent to me by Night Owl Cards, who also supplied the Bunt and Topps Chrome cards you saw in this post. Night Owl Cards is now officially prospect central. Thanks N.O.!
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).