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Jeff Fulchino

Jeff Fulchino
MLB Player information
NameJeff Fulchino
MLB debutJune 22, 2006 for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
Earned run average4.60
*Florida Marlins (2006) *Kansas City Royals (2008) *Houston Astros (2009-2011) *San Diego Padres (2011 present)

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Jeffrey Paul Fulchino (born November 26, 1979 in Titusville, Florida) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Jeff Fulchino's 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. In February 2008, Fulchino signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

On June 8, 2008, Fulchino was called up to replace the struggling Joel Peralta.

On December 8, 2008, Fulchino was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.

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.

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