The Last Three Pitches of Carson Fulmer’s 14-Strikeout Start

Vanderbilt junior right-hander Carson Fulmer entered the spring as a probable first-round selection in this June’s amateur draft. His performances, certainly, have only reinforced the likelihood of that contingency. After hovering among the conference leaders for a while, Fulmer appeared atop the (maybe) predictive leaderboard for the SEC published here earlier this week. His most recent start was his best of the season. Pitching at home against Ole Miss, Vanderbilt produced a 14:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 30 batters over 9.0 innings (box).

Lest there were concern about Fulmer’s endurance or his capacity to maintain velocity into the later innings, the purpose of this post is to assuage that particular concern. The other purpose is to “produce content” lest the author is “fired from his job.” The third and final purpose is to use do some work with the word lest. For practice, like.

Here, by way of example, is Fulmer’s third-to-last pitch from that start against Ole Miss — a 94 mph fastball:

Fulm 1

Here’s the second-to-last pitch of that same game, another fastball at 94 mph:

Fulm 2

Finally, here’s Fulmer’s final pitch and also final strikeout — produced by means of a backdoor curveball at 84 mph:

Fulm 3





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MikeIsGreat
7 years ago

Wow, that dude has some dangerous looking mechanics. He’s all upper body. Look at the way he doesn’t stride or follow through. He should be letting gravity help him instead of fighting it. That recoil after he throws (when the arm bounces back up) leads to shoulder problems. The shoulder is doing the deceleration instead of letting it dangle or hang which would use more of the back. The lack of stride leads to elbow problems because the arm is doing most of the work instead of more of a shared stress with the rest of the body.

Mark the tape here, this dude will first have TJ surgery (if he has already then he will have a second) and if he manages to pitch long enough he will have shoulder problems. Unless he fixes the mechanics that is.

Green Mountain Boy
7 years ago
Reply to  MikeIsGreat

You beat me to it. I couldn’t agree more. His delivery reminds me of Tommy Hanson’s, and we know how that worked out.

SimonSays
7 years ago
Reply to  MikeIsGreat

He does stride… I would say he actually has a pretty explosive lower body, holding his weight on his back leg until just before foot strike before using it to launch his hips around (and I guarantee his back leg generates more force than gravity). His follow through is troublesome, yes, and his arm arc stays in front of his body (usually you like to see more scapular loading). Still, you absolutely need a side view to verify anything either of us sees here, so until I see that I’ll agree to disagree on the stride thing and agree on the follow through thing.

MikeIsGreat
7 years ago
Reply to  SimonSays

Touche. I’ll defer as well then until a side view is produced that shows the stride better. His front leg is locked and straight after it lands which to me is an indicator that he isn’t striding as far as would be most optimal. I’m not an expert though and a straight stiff front leg is not always a bad thing.