MLB Draft: Marlins select former Mustang star Daxton Fulton in second round
The Miami Marlins selected Oklahoma baseball signee Daxton Fulton in the second round of the MLB Draft on Thursday.
Fulton, the 6-foot-6, 220 pound left-handed pitcher from Mustang High School, was selected No. 40 overall.
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First year Mustang coach Joe Patterson said he figured the 2019 Perfect Game All-American would be drafted early.
“Being 6’6 and left handed, he’s got a chance,” Patterson said. “Especially with a fastball that rises up to 95 mph. He’s got a gift that can’t be taught.”
Fulton was a projected first round pick before enduring Tommy John surgery last year. He tore a ligament in his elbow while pitching in the Team USA trials in August. He has been rehabbing since September and began throwing from the mound again in May.
Fulton said he believes he'll come back stronger from rehab because he's learned how to strengthen all the little parts in his body. He says it will make a big difference in his throwing.
“He’s a very mature kid, he handles his business,” Patterson said. “This year, having Tommy John, we basically just were together in the weight room a lot. Once he got back to the weight room, he didn’t mess around and got his work in and did all of his rehab.”
Fulton was born in Weatherford and has lived in Hinton and Mustang.