University of Maine first team All-America East right-hander Logan Fullmer, who made the transformation from closer to starter in midseason, is looking forward to starting his pro career.
The 22-year-old has been offered a free agent contract by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and will fly to Phoenix on Thursday to undergo a physical examination. If he passes his exam, he will sign with the Angels.
Fullmer became the Black Bear ace this past season, compiling a 4-2 record and a 2.55 earned run average. He allowed 62 hits in 70⅔ innings with 70 strikeouts and just 17 walks.
He also had three saves and made 17 appearances including nine starts.
He tossed 4⅓ innings of three-hit, scoreless ball in Maine’s America East tourney opener against Stony Brook before leaving the game with a strained oblique muscle in his abdomen.
“It’s healed. It isn’t a problem any more,” said the 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
He has been working out daily as he would during the season and began throwing this week.
“I’m trying to get back into the swing of things,” he said.
The 22-year-old Fullmer had four saves in 2015 to tie for the team lead. He was 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA over 57⅔ innings. He appeared in 21 games, including 20 relief appearances.
He said he has gained confidence over the past few years that he will take into his pro career and will maintain his aggressive mindset.
“I’m going to attack the hitters the best I can,” said Fullmer, who considers his slider his bread-and-butter pitch.
He also throws two- and four-seam fastballs that run in the high-80s velocity-wise along with a splitter.
He said it doesn’t matter to him whether he is a closer or a reliever.
“I’m just very thankful to be getting the opportunity,” he said.