Carson Fulmer: Florida's King of K's
Sun. June 10, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
Pitcher of the Year: Carson Fulmer. Senior, All Saints. Fulmer led the state in strikeout with 169. He also helped his team reach the state tournament after striking out 31 in two regional playoff games. (Photo by Scott Wheeler | The Ledger)
By SOLANGE REYNER | THE LEDGER
LAKELAND | All Saints' Academy coach Rick Moser can list Carson Fulmer's numbers without looking at a stat sheet.
He's been trained to do so because, after every outing, the emails and calls came flooding in, from college coaches and scouts.
"0.27 ERA, 169 strikeouts, 31 hits allowed, 19 walks," Moser trails off.
"This is what it was all year long, all the time. This is what everyone wanted from me on a weekly basis."
What Fulmer wanted was to win, and he did that all season leading up to the Class 2A state semifinals.
He lost in that final outing, though, a game he didn't crumble in.
Fulmer gave up six hits but only one earned run against Trinity Christian on that Monday evening, his team's five errors proving costly in the end.
He finished the year 10-1 with a .424 batting average and 20 runs batted in.
Fulmer, a senior, is this year's PolkPreps.com pitcher of the year.
Some might say he didn't pitch in a tough classification. But when he played against bigger schools, and in the FACA All-Star game, Fulmer pitched well.
Against Haines City, a Class 7A team, he gave up one run. He struck out 13 against Auburndale, a Class 5A team, giving up four hits.
At the FACA All-Star game, Fulmer pitched two innings and struck out three, giving up one hit, a batter he later picked off first base.
The right-hander's strength lies in his fastball, which tops out at 96 mph.
He used it to strike out 31 in two regional outings and to lead all pitchers in the state in the category.
His 169 K's was also the fourth best mark in the country, according to MaxPreps, a high school rankings and stats site owned by CBSSports.
Fulmer has signed a baseball scholarship with Vanderbilt University.
He was also picked in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox although he was projected to go higher.
He's not sure what he'll do yet, but he's ready for whatever comes his way.
"We're still trying to soak it all in at this point," Fulmer said.
"Hopefully soon because I want it to all be done with. Boston is a great organization and I'm honored that they picked me but Vanderbilt is still tugging at me. I'm still sitting in the middle but happy to have the decision."