HOUSTON, TX - Right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers will make his Major League debut on Monday night in a start vs. the Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.
McCullers, 21, was promoted to Triple A Fresno yesterday after going 3-1 with a 0.62 ERA (2ER/29IP) and 43 strikeouts in six games (four starts) with Double A Corpus Christi. A supplemental first round pick by the Astros in the 2012 draft (41st overall), McCullers led all Double A pitchers in opponents' average (.146) during his time with Corpus Christi, while ranking second in ERA and tied for fourth in strikeouts.
Currently ranked by MLB.com as the Astros No. 10 prospect, McCullers will be youngest Astros player to make his Major League debut (21 years, 228 days) since Jose Altuve on July 20, 2011 (21 years, 75 days).