Michael Fulmer is Mets Second Pick
The second draft pick chosen by the Mets is righthanded high school pitcher Michael Fulmer, from Oklahoma.
Here is the word on Fulmer, direct from an official Mets press release:
Fulmer, 18, went 10-2 with a 0.72 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 68.0 innings for Deer Creek High School, located in Edmond, OK. The righthander also appeared at first base and third base during his career with the Antlers, hitting .436 with six home runs and 43 RBI this season. He was named a 2011 first-team All-State selection.
The 6-3, 205-pounder received the Ferguson Jenkins Award this year, presented to the top five high school baseball players in Oklahoma.
Fulmer, who committed to the University of Arkansas, was selected with the compensation pick the Mets received when reliever Pedro Feliciano signed with the New York Yankees.
Ironically, the Mets’ first two picks signed commitment letters to play for the University of Arkansas. I don’t know that they are “stealing” from the Razorbacks, as colleges generally have a good idea which players they’re likely to “lose” as a result of the June draft. But it’s still interesting that both Mets picks were also picks of Razorback coach Dave Van Horn.
As with Brandon Immo, I won’t pretend to know anything about Fulmer. So I’ll give you what I found from an Oklahoma local website:
“I think his work ethic is about as good as I’ve ever seen from a young man,” Deer Creek coach Ron Moore said. “The majority of the scouts that have seen him say he’s 18 years old going on 25-30. He’s extremely mature.
“Whether it’s in the SEC or in rookie or Class A ball, Michael’s going to be ready. We’re all proud of him.”
There’s another nice article about Fulmer here.
And, here is video of him from youTube: