Michael Fulmer named AL Rookie of the Year
Michael Fulmer turned to Justin Verlander and other Tigers veterans for advice to help him simply survive his rookie season. When it became clear he could do more than that, he didn’t need to ask them what it would mean to win American League Rookie of the Year honors.
“Talking with Justin and all the veteran guys, I knew what a big deal this is,” Fulmer said after winning the award from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “I’m really happy to win this award.” (MLB.com)
Fulmer, who will turn 24 in March, was acquired from the Mets at the 2015 trade deadline as part of the Yoenis Cespedes deal. He reached the majors in late April and quickly showed he belonged. In 26 starts, Fulmer tallied 159 innings, a 3.06 ERA (135 ERA+), and a 3.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also notched a quality start in 58 percent of his tries, and finished with 4.9 WAR. (CBS Sports)
Fulmer received 26 of the 30 first place votes and earned 142 points. (Detroit News)