Lance McCullers, Starting Pitcher, Houston Astros, #43
Date of Birth: 10/2/1993
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
Current Salary: $548,000
Lance McCullers, Jr., starting pitcher for the Houston Astros, is the son of former major league pitcher Lance McCullers. The senior McCullers played from 1985 through 1992 for the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers.
McCullers, Jr. was drafted by the Astros in 2012. He pitched in their minor league system from 2012 through 2014. His minor league statistics during that time include 227.2 innings pitched, a 9-15 win-loss record, and 261 strikeouts to 117 walks in 58 games.
McCullers joined the Astros for 22 games in 2015. He finished the season with a 6-7 record, 129 strikeouts to 43 walks, and a 3.22 ERA in 125.2 innings. He pitched his first major league complete game on June 3rd. In the postseason, he pitched 6.1 innings in one game and he gave up 2 hits, including a home run, and 2 runs.
McCullers spent part of the 2016 season on the DL. He finished the season with a 3.22 ERA, 6 wins to 5 losses, and 106 strikeouts to 45 walks in 81.0 innings in 14 games with the Astros.