Fulmer named Tigers rookie of the year

Detroit News
Michael Fulmer

Pitcher Michael Fulmer was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association on Wednesday.

Fulmer finished his rookie season with an 11-7 record, a 3.06 ERA (159.0IP/54ER) and 132 strikeouts in 26 starts.

Among American League pitchers with at least 150 innings pitched, Fulmer ranked third with a 3.06 ERA, while he was seventh with a .231 opponents batting average and a 1.12 WHIP.

Fulmer’s 132 strikeouts were the second most by a rookie pitcher in Tigers history, trailing only Les Cain, who struck out 156 batters as a rookie in 1970.

Fulmer had a consecutive scoreless innings streak of 33⅓ innings from May 21-June 17. The streak was snapped with a two-out solo homer by Salvador Perez in the sixth inning on June 17 at Kansas City.

The streak ranks as the longest by a Tigers pitcher in franchise history, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak was the second longest by a rookie pitcher since 1971, trailing only a streak of 35 scoreless innings by Fernando Valenzuela during the 1981 season.

Fulmer will be presented with his award prior to a 2017 Tigers home game at Comerica Park. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has selected a Tigers Rookie of the Year since 1969.

Recipients of the Tigers Rookie of the Year Award

► 1969 – Mike Kilkenny, LHP

► 1970 – Elliott Maddox, 3B/OF

► 1971 – No Award

► 1972 – Chuck Seelbach, RHP

► 1973 – Dick Sharon, OF

► 1974 – Ron LeFlore, OF

► 1975 – Vern Ruhle, RHP

► 1976 – Mark Fidrych, RHP

► 1977 – Dave Rozema, RHP

► 1978 – Lou Whitaker, 2B

► 1979 – Lynn Jones, OF

► 1980 – Rick Peters, OF

► 1981 – No Award

► 1982 – Glenn Wilson, OF

► 1983 – Dave Gumpert, RHP

► 1984 – Barbaro Garbey, 1B

► 1985 – Nelson Simmons, OF

► 1986 – Eric King, RHP

► 1987 – Matt Nokes, C

► 1988 – Paul Gibson, LHP

► 1989 – Kevin Ritz, RHP

► 1990 – Travis Fryman, SS

► 1991 – Milt Cuyler, OF

► 1992 – Scott Livingstone, 3B

► 1993 – Chris Gomez, SS

► 1994 – Chris Gomez, SS

► 1995 – Bobby Higginson, OF

► 1996 – Tony Clark, 1B

► 1997 – Delvi Cruz, SS

► 1998 – Matt Anderson, RHP

► 1999 – Gabe Kapler, OF

► 2000 – Jose Macias, 2B/3B

► 2001 – Victor Santos, RHP

► 2002 – Carlos Pena, 1B

► 2003 – Craig Monroe, OF

► 2004 – Nook Logan, OF

► 2005 – Curtis Granderson, OF

► 2006 – Justin Verlander, RHP

► 2007 – Ryan Raburn, OF

► 2008 – Armando Galarraga, RHP

► 2009 – Rick Porcello, RHP

► 2010 – Austin Jackson, OF

► 2011 – Al Alburquerque, RHP

► 2012 – Quintin Berry, OF

► 2013 – Jose Iglesias, SS

► 2014 – Nick Castellanos, 3B

► 2015 – James McCann, C

► 2016 – Michael Fulmer, RHP