21-Year-Old Pitcher – Houston Astros
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
McCullers took the next step in his development with High-A Lancaster last season and predictably endured some growing pains in the hitter-friendly California Leauge. An increase in walks (5.2 BB/9) a...
Lance McCullers Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Astros with a signing bonus of $2.5 million in June 2012.
McCullers (back) was activated off the minor league DL and will start Tuesday's game for High-A Lancaster, JetHawks announcer Jason Schwartz reports.
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Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAACastro, Erik (1B)
AAAppel, Mark (P)
A+Correa, Carlos (SS)
ABostick, Akeem (P)
RookieAmador, Wilson (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
McCullers, a second-generation hurler, performed exceptionally well in his first full season in the minors. In 25 appearances (19 starts) for Low-A Quad Cities, McCullers went 6-5 with a 117:49 K:BB over 104.2 innings. His walk rate (4.2 BB/9) was a little high, but he more than made up for it by keeping the ball on the ground (2.00 GO/AO) and inside the park (0.3 HR/9). The 20-year-old's aggressive three-pitch arsenal includes an upper-90s fastball with excellent movement, an above-average slider and changeup. While his future as a big league starter or closer remains uncertain, how McCullers fares this season - most likely in Double-A - should give the Astros a better read regarding his path to the majors.
The Astros drafted McCullers with the No. 41 pick in the 2012 draft, far lower than he was projected pre-draft due to what was perceived to be excessive bonus demands. The Astros were able to meet those demands with a $2.5 million bonus, thanks in part to signing the surprise first overall pick (Carlos Correa) for far less than slot. McCullers gets the ball up near 100 mph, but his arm action is far from easy, putting him at increased risk of injury. With dominant stuff, McCullers projects as a future ace. He'll likely begin the year in High-A, but could wind up in Double-A before all is said and done.