McCullers is the son of former pitcher Lance McCullers Sr., who played in parts of seven Major League seasons for San Diego (1985-88), New York-AL (1989-90), Detroit (1990) and Texas (1992).
The 41st overall selection was obtained by Houston in compensation for the free agent loss of shortstop Clint Barmes.
ABOUT THE 41ST PICK
Position: Right-handed pitcher
High School: Jesuit HS, Tampa, FL
Tonight’s portion of the draft included only the first round out of a scheduled 40, and will resume tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. CT. Rounds 2-15 are scheduled for tomorrow and the draft will conclude with the final 25 rounds on Wednesday, June 6.
ASTROS SELECT SS CARLOS CORREA WITH 1ST OVERALL SELECTION IN THE 2012 DRAFT
Correa, 17, played amateur baseball at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy in Gurabo, P.R. The 6-foot-4 shortstop is the highest-drafted player ever out of Puerto Rico. That label was held by catcher Ramon Castro, who was picked 17th overall by Houston in 1994. Correa was named a Rawlings First Team All-American this season, in his final year at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.
“I feel so excited to be the number one pick. I just worked hard to be here,” said Correa, who was one of a select group of amateur players at the MLB Network Studio in Secaucas, NJ, tonight. “I feel proud to be here and I’m excited.”
Correa is the first shortstop taken first overall since 2008 (Tim Beckham-TB), and is just the fourth shortstop taken first overall since 1994. Other notable players who were selected as shortstops with the first overall pick were Shawon Dunston (1982-CHC), B.J. Surhoff (1985-MIL), Chipper Jones (1990-ATL), Alex Rodriguez (1993-SEA) and Justin Upton (2005-ARI).