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Carson Fulmer trying to convince skeptics

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AP Photo/Nati Harnik

Vanderbilt right-hander Carson Fulmer struck out 12 Tennessee Volunteers over eight innings on Friday, with half of those against the top four hitters in Tennessee’s lineup. It was a career high for Fulmer, who has some of the most explosive stuff in the draft but is no lock to remain a long-term starter because of his size (6 feet, 195 pounds) and delivery.

Fulmer’s fastball sits 91-94 mph, touching a bit higher at times, and has tremendous movement. His arm acceleration is among the best in the draft class -- it has to be for someone his size to let it rip in the mid-90s, allowing him to generate fantastic spin on the baseball.

Unfortunately, that arm speed comes at the price of violence in Fulmer’s delivery that many feel will exile him to the bullpen in pro ball.