A source confirmed to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo that the White Sox are promoting pitching prospect Carson Fulmer to the major leagues on Friday as the club opens up a three-game series against the Angels. That confirms what Jesse Burkhart of MLB Pipeline and FanGraphs heard on Thursday and what Dave Williams of Barstool Sports reported just after midnight on Friday.
Fulmer, 22, was drafted by the White Sox in the first around — eighth overall — in last year’s draft. He has spent this season with Double-A Birmingham, posting a 4.76 ERA with a 90/51 K/BB ratio in 87 innings. Fulmer made an appearance in the Futures Game on Sunday, pitching a perfect seventh inning, striking out Francisco Mejia and Dilson Herrera.
Fulmer is rated the club’s best prospect and 33rd overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. He throws a fastball in the mid- to high-90’s with a power curve as well as a change-up.
The White Sox will have Fulmer pitch out of the bullpen initially, Cotillo notes.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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