Graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., in 2012...during his senior season, was named the 2012 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year after going 13-0 with a 0.18 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 77.0 innings pitched...was named an All-American by ESPNHS, Baseball America, Rawlings, Perfect Game, MaxPreps and Louisville Slugger during his senior year... Was named the 2011 Jackie Robinson Award winner as the country's top rising senior... the award was presented to him by Trevor Hoffman and Tommy John... Selected by Houston with the 41st overall pick in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft...signed by scout John Martin... Is the son of former Major League pitcher Lance McCullers Sr., who pitched seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Padres (1985-88), Yankees (1989-90), Tigers (1990) and Rangers (1992)...Lance and his father were both selected with the 41st overall pick in their respective draft classes. IN THE COMMUNITY: Lance and his wife Kara share a passion for pet rescue and animal advocacy...together they established The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests, brings awareness and creates programs aimed at advocates for stray and homeless animals across the country...organizations they support include the Houston SPCA, Houston Humane Society and Houston Pets Alive!... Was a finalist for the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award as the AL West's representative... Was selected to the Major League roster on May 15, 2015...is signed to a one-year contract that runs through the 2017 season.
Posted a 3.22 ERA with 106 strikeouts in 81.0 innings across 14 starts in a season bookended by stints on the Disabled List...spent the season as one of the youngest starting pitchers in the AL...the only AL pitchers younger than McCullers to make a start were RHP Jose Berrios, RHP Luis Severino and RHP David Paulino...put up a career -high 11.78 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (106SO/81IP), which ranked fourth among all Major League pitchers with at least 80.0 innings pitched behind RHP Jose Fernandez (12.49), RHP Yu Darvish (11.84) and RHP David Phelps (11.84)...was the fourth-highest single season strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio by an Astros pitcher all-time (min. 80IP), behind RHP Brad Lidge in 2004 (14.93), RHP Octavio Dotel in 2001 (12.43) and LHP Randy Johnson in 1998 (12.38)...became the third pitcher in Major League history to post a strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio of 11.78 or higher prior to his age-23 season (min. 80IP), joining RHP Francisco Rodriguez (13.18 in 2004 at 22 years old) and RHP Kerry Wood (12.58 in 1998 at 21 years old)... joined RHP Roy Oswalt as the only pitchers in club history to post an ERA of 3.22 or lower in each of their first two seasons in the Majors...ranked tied for fourth in the AL with four double-digit strikeout games...marked the most games with 10+ strikeouts by an Astro since LHP Dallas Keuchel had five such games in 2015...went 5-3 with a 2.40 ERA (16ER/60IP) and 80 strikeouts in 10 starts at home...led the AL in ERA at home (min. 60IP)...continued his streak of allowing three runs or less at home, which dates back to his 2015 rookie season...his 20-game streak was the longest by an AL pitcher since RHP Pedro Martinez allowed three runs or less in 23 straight home starts from 1999-2001...became the second pitcher in Major League history to allow three runs or less in each of his first 20 career starts at home, joining RHP Jose Fernandez (25 starts from 2013-15)...joined RHP Larry Dierker (22 games from 1970-72; 21 games from 1969-70) as the only pitchers in club history to have a 20-start streak of allowing three runs or less at home...finished second in the Majors in curveball percentage (49.6%), trailing LHP Rich Hill (49.7%)...began the season on the 15- day Disabled List with right shoulder soreness, which plagued him throughout Spring Training...was placed on the DL on March 25...activated from the DL on May 13...missed a scheduled start on June 28 with a blister on his right index finger but did not go on the DL...placed on the DL with right elbow discomfort on Aug. 3...remained on the DL through the end of the season...posted a career-long three-game winning streak from May 26-June 5...prior to that run, had won consecutive decisions in his career just once (May 23-June 3, 2015)...in his start on May 26 vs. BAL, struck out 10 and allowed just one run in 5.0 innings in a 4-2 Astros win...walked a career-high six batters in the game...per Elias, became the first Astros starter to record a win in a game in which he walked more than a batter per inning since RHP Roy Oswalt on April 13, 2007 at PHI... also in that game, became the fourth Major Leaguer since 1913 to record 10+ strikeouts while allowing one hit or fewer in less than 6.0 innings pitched, joining RHP Felix Hernandez (2013), RHP Jake Peavy (2003) and RHP Bobby Witt (1986)...joined RHP Smoky Joe Wood as the only pitchers in Major League history to record 10+ strikeouts in each of their first two career startsagainst Baltimore...fanned 10 batters and allowed just one run in 7.0 innings on July 4 vs. SEA...per ESPN.com, induced a career-high 18 swing-and-misses on his curveball, the second-most by any pitcher with that pitch in an eight-season span behind RHP A.J. Burnett (23 in 2013)...struck out 10 in a season-high 8.0 innings on July 22 vs. LAA...allowed one run and four hits in the victory...became the fourth pitcher to get Mike Trout to strike out swinging three times in a single game, joining RHP Chris Archer, LHP Jon Lester and LHP Tommy Milone...made his first career start against the Yankees on July 27 and got the win, striking out 10 batters and allowing one run in 6.0 innings...per the Elias Sports Bureau, became the fourth-youngest pitcher over a 40-season span (22
years, 299 days old) to defeat the Yankees while recording 10+ strikeouts, behind only RHP Moose Haas (21.355 in 1978), LHP Matt Moore (22.096 in 2011) and RHP Mark Prior (22.274 in 2003)...posted double-digit strikeouts in consecutive starts from July 22-27...became the first Astros pitcher with consecutive double-digit strikeout games since LHP Wandy Rodriguez did so from Sept. 11-17, 2010... among AL pitchers in July, ranked second in strikeouts (44) and eighth in ERA (2.08, 7ER/30.1IP)...was the lowest ERA he produced in a single month in his career...his 13.05 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio in July (44SO/30.1IP) ranked fifth all-time in AL history for a single July, trailing only RHP Pedro Martinez (13.94 in 2000), RHP Nolan Ryan (13.89 in 1989) and LHP Randy Johnson (13.38 in 1994; 13.14 in 1997)...was removed from his start on Aug. 2 vs. TOR with discomfort in his right elbow after allowing two runs in 4.2 innings...allowed multiple home runs for just the second time in his career... snapped a 15-start streak in which he had not allowed multiple home runs in a game...struck out at least six batters in 13 consecutive starts from May 20-Aug. 2...became the second pitcher in club history to strike out six in 13 consecutive starts, joining RHP Mike Scott (14 in 1986) and RHP Bud Norris (2010-11)...made two official rehab starts in the minor leagues...threw 3.0 innings and allowed one run on April 11 at Springfield with Double A Corpus Christi...returned to extended Spring Training for a month after that start, before making a rehab start at Triple A Fresno on May 7...threw 5.0 scoreless innings and struck out seven at El Paso in that rehab start.
Had one of the best rookie seasons by a pitcher in club history, ﬁnishing among the top 10 Astros rookies all-time in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (2nd, 9.24), opponent batting average (4th, .226), ERA (7th, 3.22) and strikeouts (7th, 129) (min. 100IP)...led all American League rookies in ERA, opponent batting average and strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 2015 (min. 100IP), while ranking third in strikeouts and wins above replacement (2.4)...made 22 starts in his debut season in the Major Leagues, going 6-7 while allowing three earned runs or less in 20 of his outings...was the second-youngest starting pitcher in the Major Leagues, behind Yankees RHP Luis Severino...among AL pitchers with at least 100.0 innings pitched, ranked sixth in strikeouts per 9.0 innings and seventh in ERA and opponent batting average...became the ﬁrst pitcher in club history and the seventh in Major League history to allow three earned runs or less in 20 of his ﬁrst 22 career starts...the only others to do this were: Stephen Strasburg (21g), Aaron Sele (21g), Mike Witt, Brandon Webb, Bruce Ruﬃn and Gerrit Cole...his 129 strikeouts ranked second all-time in club history within a player's ﬁrst 22 career games, behind RHP Tom Griﬃn (145 in 1969)...threw 157.2 combined innings between the Majors (125.2) and minors (32.0), which marked a single season career-high in his professional career (previously 104.2IP with Class A Quad Cities in 2013)...per PITCHf/x, his average fastball velocity (94.2 mph) ranked third among AL rookie starters...spent Spring Training at minor league camp, but did make two appearances with the Major League team...started the regular season at Double A Corpus Christi before getting promoted to Triple A Fresno on May 14...did not pitch in a game at Triple A and was selected to the Major League roster on May 15...remained with the club until Aug. 3, when he was optioned to Double A...made just one appearance with Corpus Christi during his ﬁnal stint with the club before getting recalled to Houston on Aug. 23...made his Major League debut on May 18 vs. OAK...at 21 years, 228 days, became the youngest Astros player to make his MLB debut since Jose Altuve (21 years, 75 days) on July 20, 2011...became the second-youngest pitcher in club history to make his debut in a start at Minute Maid Park, behind LHP Carlos Hernandez (21 years, 118 days) on Aug. 18,2001 vs. DET...tossed 4.2 innings and allowed just one run in his MLB debut...struck out ﬁve and walked three while taking a no-decision in the Astros 2-1 loss...became the sixth starting pitcher in club history to allow one run or less in his Major League debut, joining RHP Jarred Cosart (7/12/13), LHP Dallas Keuchel (6/17/12),LHP Carlos Hernandez (8/18/01), RHP Manny Hernandez (6/5/86) and RHP Dan Larson (7/18/76)...picked up his ﬁrst Major League win in what was his second MLB start on May 23 at DET...tossed 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while fanning six...struck out 11 batters in a one-run complete game eﬀort on June 3 vs.CWS...marked his ﬁrst professional complete game (never threw one in the minors)...became the ﬁrst Astros rookie to toss a complete game since LHP Brett Oberholtzer on Sept. 20, 2013 at CLE (6IP)...also became the ﬁrst Astros rookie to strike out 11 batters in a complete game since RHP Roy Oswalt struck out 12 on Sept. 9, 2001 vs. MIL...became just the second rookie in franchise history to strike out 11 batters without a walk in a complete game, joining RHP Shane Reynolds, who did so on July 23, 1994 vs. PIT...on June 14 vs. SEA, tossed 5.0 hitless innings...at 21 years, 255 days, became the youngest pitcher to toss at least 5.0 hitless innings in a start since RHP Phil Hughes (20.311) on May 1, 2007 at TEX...since 1970, only four pitchers younger than McCullers recorded a start of at least 5.0 hitless innings: Hughes, LHP Wilson Alvarez (1991), RHP Dennis Blair (1975) and LHP Vida Blue (1970)...ﬁnished June with a 2.11 ERA (9ER/38.1IP),which marked the lowest ERA posted by an Astros rookie during the month of June since RHP Darryl Kile put up a 1.80 ERA in June of 1991...his .164 opponent batting average (22x134) in June was the lowest produced by an Astros pitcher since RHP Mike Scott in June of 1987 (.164, 26x159), and the lowest produced by an Astros rookie during the month...among AL rookies in June, ranked ﬁrst in strikeouts (40), tied for ﬁrst in wins (3) and third in ERA...received votes for AL Rookie of the Month, which ended up being awarded to teammate Carlos Correa...closed out the Astros ﬁrst half of play with a 4-3 loss to the Rays on July 12, in his hometown of Tampa Bay...despite giving up four earned runs in 6.0 innings, fanned 10 batters...was the second double-digit strikeout game of his career...became the ﬁrst Astros pitcher to record two double-digit strikeout games in his ﬁrst 11 starts since RHP Tom Griﬃn recorded three in 1969...started one postseason game for Houston (ALDS Game4), becoming the youngest pitcher in club history to start a playoﬀ game (22 years, 10 days old)...prior to McCullers, LHP Mike Hampton held the club record as he started Game 2 of the 1997 NLDS at 25 years, 22 days old...became the youngest AL pitcher to toss at least 6.0 innings while allowing two runs or less in his ﬁrst career postseason game since LHP CC Sabathia in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS...was named a Texas League Midseason All-Star at Double A Corpus Christi after allowing just two earned runs in his 29.0 innings (0.62ERA), striking out 43...at the time of his promotion to Triple A, was leading all Double A pitchers in opponent average (.146), while ranking second in ERA and tied for fourth in strikeouts...prior to the season, was ranked as a top 10 Astros prospect by multiple publications: Baseball Prospectus (#7), Baseball America (#9) and ESPN.com (#6).