Fulmer not in Cactus rotation but will get starts

White Sox No. 2 prospect may see action against AL Central rivals

Fulmer not in Cactus rotation but will get starts

CHICAGO -- The White Sox Cactus League rotation has been laid out by pitching coach Don Cooper, and Carson Fulmer, MLB.com's newly minted No. 38 prospect, is not featured.

That alignment won't preclude the right-hander from getting a few starts in Arizona, as Cooper explained near the close of SoxFest on Sunday at the Hilton Chicago.

"I want to give everybody, Carson certainly included, as much opportunity as I can give them," Cooper said of the club's No. 2 prospect. "We've got 31 pitchers coming to camp. So it gets hard after a while giving everybody the opportunity they are looking for.

"I'm pretty good at that because I was always the guy that was, 'Boy, just let me get that opportunity.' Whether you are a six-year free agent or one of the non-roster players we are bringing up from the Minor Leagues, like Carson, I feel like I'm going to try to cater them."

Jacob Turner would be next in line for starts, behind Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon, John Danks and Erik Johnson. But remember there are B games scheduled sporadically on the back fields at Camelback Ranch and split-squad action March 10 and March 26.

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Cooper also mentioned games against American League Central rivals such as the Royals and Indians or games against teams they face early in the season such as the A's could give last year's No. 8 overall selection in the Draft a chance to start.

"I can shift one of those [regular starters] to a B game or maybe just a real simulated game where it's a lot of hands-on work and watching them," Cooper said. "We have those things that can create more opportunity for everybody. I'm going to take all of those and use them as best as I can.

"As I sit here right now today, every one of the Cactus League games will be started by one of the potential starters coming with us. That means Johnson, Sale, Quintana, you know the names."

Rodon was placed on the same schedule last March until Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot and missed most of Spring Training. Rodon moved into the Cactus League rotation, but did not break camp with the team.

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