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Lance McCullers

21-Year-Old Pitcher – Houston Astros

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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...

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LEAGUE: AA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 208   DOB: 10/2/1993   BORN: Tampa, FL   COLLEGE: None      Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to a contract with the Astros with a signing bonus of $2.5 million in June 2012.

April 17, 2015  –  Lance McCullers News

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McCullers, 21, tossed five shutout innings in his first start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday. He allowed four hits, walked three batters and struck out seven.

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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2012 18 R GUL 4 4 0 11.0 10 2 0 12 2 0 1 0 0 0 1.64 1.09
2012 18 R GRE 4 4 0 15.0 10 8 2 17 10 0 3 0 0 0 4.80 1.33
2013 19 A QUA 25 19 0 104.2 92 37 3 117 49 6 5 0 0 0 3.18 1.35
2014 20 A+ LAN 25 18 0 97.0 95 59 18 115 56 3 6 4 0 0 5.47 1.56
2015 21 AA COR 3 2 0 14.0 10 0 0 21 6 1 0 1 0 0 0.00 1.14

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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2012 18 R GUL 4 4 11.0 9.82 1.64 6.00 0.00 83.3% 1.64 1.56 .345
2012 18 R GRE 4 4 15.0 10.20 6.00 1.70 1.20 66.7% 4.80 4.87 .240
2013 19 A QUA 25 19 104.2 10.11 4.23 2.39 0.26 75.4% 3.18 2.91 .335
2014 20 A+ LAN 25 18 97.0 10.67 5.20 2.05 1.67 69.2% 5.47 5.19 .327
2015 21 AA COR 3 2 14.0 13.50 3.86 3.50 0.00 100% 0.00 1.49 .351

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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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McCullers, 20, has a 4.40 ERA and 56:28 K:BB ratio through 47 innings for High-A Lancaster.

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McCullers endured a brutal loss Monday for High-A Lancaster, surrendering six runs (five earned) on four hits and three walks in only 1.2 innings against Lake Elsinore.

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McCullers was phenomenal Tuesday, permitting only three hits and a walk over five scoreless innings in High-A Lancaster's win over High Desert. He struck out 10.

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McCullers will open 2014 with High-A Lancaster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

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McCullers, 19, has a 3.01 ERA and 95:38 K:BB ratio through 83.2 innings for Low-A Quad Cities.

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McCullers won the Astros' Single-A Pitcher of the Month honors after posting a 1.88 ERA and 26 strikeouts over seven outings in May, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

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McCullers had his worst start of the season Tuesday, surrendering four earned runs in four innings of work for Low-A Quad Cities.

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McCullers threw five scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and a walk and striking out six for Low-A Quad Cities on Sunday.

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McCullers returned to the mound after leaving a Low-A game with hip tightness one week ago. He pitched four innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five.

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2014

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.

2013

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.