LAKELAND, Fla. -- He woke up with adrenaline that morning last spring, knowing it was his first chance to make an impression in big-league camp.
Man, how things have changed for Michael Fulmer in one year.
This time last year, he was just a prospect. Taking in a lot, talking a little, trying to feel his way through his first spring training with a new organization. Now the Detroit Tigers right-hander is the defending American League rookie of the year and a key cog in the team’s starting rotation and is focusing more on preparing than pitching.