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Big All-City Baseball Player of the Year: Deer Creek's Michael Fulmer becomes complete player

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Staff Writer bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: June 4, 2011

Fulmer hit .436 with six home runs and drove in 43 runs. His quest to become an all-around player was complete because his brilliance on the mound is why he is The Oklahoman's Big All-City Baseball Player of the Year.

Called in against all the top opponents, Fulmer went 10-2 with a minuscule 0.72 ERA. He had 127 strikeouts in 68 innings.

His arm gets all the attention, but Fulmer said the biggest difference this season was in his legs. He's grown more than five inches in his time at Deer Creek, but he hadn't put on any weight. He put on 20 pounds going into this year.

“He became a better athlete,” Moore said. “He worked really hard in the weight room and with his agility.”

Fulmer was destined to be a Razorback, but his performances have made him a name to watch in Monday's MLB Draft.

Fulmer said it's always been his dream to play professional baseball, but he has no idea about what he's going to do when selected. He said he's just enjoying the ride.

No matter what Fulmer chooses to do, Moore knows Fulmer will be able to handle what comes his way.

“Mentally he's mature enough to do whatever he wants to do,” Moore said. “If he wants to go professional, he can hang with the 24-26-year-old guys out there.

“And if he chooses to go to Arkansas, I truly believe he'll be one of the three arms in their rotation. He's going to be a big-time contributor one way or another.”


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