•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 ESPN HS, Baseball America, Rawlings, Perfect Game, MaxPreps and Louisville Slugger during his senior year.
•In 2011, was named the Jackie Robinson Award winner as the country's top rising senior...the award is presented annually to the player who exhibits outstanding character and leadership, is involved in his community and embodies the values of being a student-athlete...the award was presented by Trevor Hoﬀman and Tommy John.
•Was selected by Houston with the 41st overall pick in the supplemental ﬁrst round of the 2012 draft...signed by Astros 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: In 2016, Lance and his wife Kara partnered with Houston Pets Alive!, a non-proﬁt organization that promotes and provides resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.
•Was selected to the Major League rosteron May 15, 2015...is signed to a one-year contract that runs through the 2016 season
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).