24-Year-Old Pitcher – Houston Astros
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
A pair of DL stints due to back issues limited McCullers to 118.2 regular-season innings (22 starts), but his performance when on the field further hinted at ace upside. He struck out 25.8 percent of ...
Lance McCullers Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
McCullers threw six innings Sunday, striking out nine while yielding four runs (two earned) on two walks and six hits in Houston's 7-4 win over Kansas City, but he did not factor into the decision.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Lance McCullers||3-Year Averages||19||19||0||108.4||100||43||7||122||42||6||5||0||0||0||3.57||1.31|
|Career (View All)||73||73||0||413.7||372||167||32||457||162||27||19||0||–||–||3.63||1.29|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.3 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.1 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.2 IP/G
Lance McCullers Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|Next 7 Days||0||1||5.9||10.12||2.73||3.71||0.52||–||72.7%||–||3.29||2.61||.328|
|Rest Of Season||0||16||97.1||9.81||3.26||3.01||0.61||–||72.2%||–||3.56||2.99||.320|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Lance McCullers||3-Year Averages||19||19||108.4||10.12||3.49||2.90||0.58||–||73.3%||–||3.57||2.95||.336|
Lance McCullers Defensive Stats
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2018 Stat Review for Lance McCullers As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAAArmenteros, Rogelio (P)
AAAlvarez, Yordan (OF)
A+Adcock, Brett (P)
AArauz, Jonathan (SS)
RookieBeer, Seth (1B)
Lance McCullers: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
McCullers' season had two negative bookends of shoulder and elbow DL stints, which no doubt helps explain the 1.54 WHIP he posted in between. The fact that his WHIP shot up from 2015's 1.19 without any change to his 3.22 ERA speaks to how well he pitched in traffic. His 81.4 LOB% tied for the fourth highest with Kyle Hendricks and Danny Duffy among starters (minimum 80 IP). His ability to generate weak contact so consistently (fifth-lowest hard contact rate) and to keep the ball on the ground when in play (third in GB%) while also limiting contact in the first place (his 30 percent strikeout rate was sixth-best) were instrumental in his strand success. Despite the injuries that curbed his workload, there were enough positives from the half-season to be excited about the 23-year-old going forward. Early winter checkups report the elbow -- which was the second of the injuries -- won't delay the start of his 2017. The young flamethrower with a devastating swing-and-miss curve has shown major promise in 206.2 innings as a big leaguer. Buy in bulk.
This is why prospect mavens aren't lying when they say "I don't know" so often when discussing callups. If someone told you a 21-year old who had peaked in High-A (and was crushed there with a 5.47 ERA and 5.2 BB/9) with just 97 IP would blitz through Double-A and thrown 125.7 regular season IP in the majors, you'd have called them crazy. McCullers was so dominant in Double-A (0.56 ERA, 13.5 K/9) and Houston was competitive so they took a shot and it panned out brilliantly. He has the potential to be the right-handed complement to Dallas Keuchel atop the rotation, though it will take some time for that kind of consistency to develop. Walks are his biggest hurdle. He allowed two or more in 68% of his 22 starts (league average: 53%) and had a 4.5 BB/9 in 260 minor league IP. Shoulder soreness has McCullers likely ticketed for a DL stint to start the season, so he should be downgraded somewhat on draft day.
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) and home runs allowed (1.67 HR/9) were his main flaws, but he still struck out batters at an elite clip (10.7 K/9). His future remains unclear as a big league starter or closer, but how he pitches in the more neutral environment at Double-A Corpus Christi should help give the Astros a better read on his path to the majors.
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.