|Bridgeport Bluefish – No. 35|
November 26, 1979 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 22, 2006 for the Florida Marlins|
(through 2011 season)
|Earned run average||4.84|
Jeffrey Paul Fulchino (born November 26, 1979) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Bridgeport Bluefish. His rise to prominence came under the tutelage of Edward Poisson, head baseball coach of Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire. Fulchino is the pride of Hollis, New Hampshire. He is the first Hollis native to reach baseball's major league. He played for the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Keene Swamp Bats while in college. After eight seasons in the minor leagues, Fulchino has proven to be extremely valuable out of the bullpen at the major league level.
In 2009, Fulchino appeared on SportsCenter's "Not Top 10" when a Kosuke Fukudome's comebacker managed to end up caught inside Fulchino's jersey. Fulchino was shocked by the unlikely event, and can be seen in the video expressing his concern.
Fulchino played one Major League Baseball game with the Florida Marlins in 2006. His major league debut was on June 22, 2006, against the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed 0 runs with one walk. Fulchino spent 2007 playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Marlins Triple-A affiliate.
Kansas City Royals
During his 2009 season, Jeff was described as the Houston Astros 2nd most valuable pitcher. He threw 81 innings over 62 games; striking out 71 batters and boasting an ERA of 3.40. Jeff continued his success in the 2010 season. After battling mid-season injury, Fulchino lowered his season ERA to 5.65. As of August 20, 2010, Fulchino posted an ERA of 2.13 in his last 10 appearances.
He elected free agency on October 20, 2011, after spending the season with the San Diego Padres. On December 16, he signed a split contract with the Washington Nationals.
Jeff currently pitches for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was named to the 2013 Atlantic League All Star team. Fulchino was named the closer for Willie Upshaw's Bridgeport Bluefish.