Wings Champions – Michael Fulmer
Michael Fulmer attended Deer Creek High School and graduated in 2011. Upon graduation he was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He worked his way through the minor leagues and was traded to the Detroit Tigers in August of 2015 to play at pitcher. His debut in Major League Baseball was April 29th, 2016. Fulmer earned the win in his debut, allowing two earned runs over five innings and striking out four in a 9–2 Tigers victory.
During the 2016 season he set a new Tigers record by pitching 33 1/3 innings without giving up a run. He finished the 2016 season with an 11–7 record, 3.06 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 132 strikeouts in 159 innings pitched. Following the conclusion of the season, Fulmer was named the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year as voted on by a panel of players, finishing ahead of Tyler Naquin and Gary Sánchez and was named the Major League Baseball Players Association Players Choice Award for AL Outstanding Rookie. Fulmer was also awarded the Baseball Writers’ Association of America AL Rookie of the Year Award in a near-unanimous selection, receiving 26 of 30 first-place votes.
During the 2016 season, Michael partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation in a program called Autographs for a Cause. Through this program, Michael will sign baseball cards through the mail in exchange for a donation to the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the club’s official charity. All of the funds collected through this program will be donated to charitable organizations supported by the players. At the end of the year, all of the money raised through the program will be matched by the players and donated to their charity of choice. Michael has graciously chosen to support Wings with funds donated through this program. If you would like to learn more about Autographs for a Cause and how to purchase your card, please click here.
Michael married his high school sweetheart, Kelsey and the two currently reside in Guthrie, Oklahoma during the off season. Michael became involved with Wings through Randy Webb who was Michael’s church youth leader during high school. Fulmer also volunteers with the Edmond Miracle League.
Wings is thankful for the opportunity to partner with Michael. His continued support and advocacy make him a true Wings Champion.