Lance McCullers Jr.

SP · Houston Astros

Bats L Throws R
Height 6'1" Weight 200
DOB 1993-10-02 Age 30.6
Hometown Tampa, FL
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 48.11, 716th

Season Projections

SourceFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
ATC94.2741.53234218365219183.711.26
Draft Buddy157.01271.05457131619333303.801.30
Steamer178.31186.055584338210442394.041.34
THE BAT92.5741.43234018385321194.081.32
Zeile145.71066.5435672959700293.861.30

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Lance McCullers Jr. Making Progress In His Rehab

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    Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) has been throwing off a mound and has hit the mid-80s with his fastball while adding in some changeups. His next step will be to add in some breaking pitches to build up his pitch count and intensity in the coming weeks. McCullers didn't pitch at all in 2023 after having surgery on June 13 to fix his flexor tendon and remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He had rehabbed to the point that he was close to facing hitters in mid-May of last year, but he had another setback that ultimately led to surgery. It's positive news for the 30-year-old starter, but McCullers still has a ways to go and probably won't start a minor-league rehab assignment for around another month, so fantasy managers in shallow mixed leagues can leave him to the waiver wire for now. In a best-case scenario, McCullers won't be back with Houston until after the All-Star break.

    May 14 · Source via Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Starting To Throw Off Mound

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) threw 10 fastballs off of the mound's rubber on Saturday. He is expected to return from forearm surgery sometime around midseason after not pitching at all in 2023. The Astros have had terrible luck with injuries to their rotation so far this season, so McCullers would likely jump back into a starting spot when he returns. He is not a priority stash at this point, but fantasy managers with IL space in deeper leagues could scoop him up if he is available.

    May 5 · Source via Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Luis Garcia, Lance McCullers Jr., Jose Urquidy Play Catch

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    Houston Astros pitchers Luis Garcia (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr. (elbow), Jose Urquidy (forearm) and Penn Murfee (elbow) all played catch at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Left-hander Framber Valdez (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday. Garcia, McCullers and Murfee are all currently on the 60-day injured list. Garcia is recovering from Tommy John surgery last May and isn't expected to be an option for the 'Stros until around midseason at least. McCullers, 30, is expected to be out until late June or early July as he recovers from right-elbow surgery. After missing a huge chunk of last season, the 28-year-old Urquidy has now been out almost a month with a right-forearm strain. Barring a setback, he should be the first of this group to return for Houston's rotation.

    Apr 15 · Source via Houston Astros Luis Garcia Lance McCullers Jr. Jose Urquidy
  • Offseason In Review: Houston Astros

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    The Astros entered the offseason anticipating a few depth acquisitions. An injury to one of their anticipated setup relievers spurred them in another direction: a bold strike for one of the sport’s best late-game weapons. Major League Signings LHP Josh Hader: Five years, $95MM C Victor Caratini: Two years, $12MM 2024 spending: $25MM Total spending: $107MM Option…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Houston Astros Bryan Abreu Jose Altuve Yordan Alvarez Spencer Arrighetti Brandon Bielak Ronel Blanco Alex Bregman Hunter Brown Trey Cabbage Victor Caratini Dylan Coleman J.P. France Luis Garcia Chris Gittens Kendall Graveman Josh Hader Cristian Javier Joel Kuhnel Seth Martinez Chas McCormick Lance McCullers Jr. Rafael Montero Oliver Ortega Ryan Pressly Tayler Scott Drew Strotman Wander Suero Kyle Tucker Framber Valdez Justin Verlander
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Targeting A Late-June Return

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    Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) is targeting a "late June, early July" return. He underwent flexor tendon surgery in June, which had a 13-15 month recovery. His goal is to aim for that 13th-month timeline. McCullers hasn't pitched at any level since Game 3 of the 2022 World Series. The 30-year-old posted a 2.27 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 50:22 K: BB across 47 2/3 innings in 2022. McCullers will continue to rehab, but it's unclear when he will be cleared and become an integral part of Houston's rotation again. For fantasy leagues with an injured list spot, managers in deep leagues can stash McCullers on the IL and hope he returns to action around the All-Star break.

    Mar 11 · Source via Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Pitching Stats

    SeasonTeamFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    2015HOU270.722125.267121294310610549453.221.19
    2016HOU211.01481.065610645805029293.221.54
    2017HOU271.722118.27491324011481161564.251.30
    2018HOU324.322128.1106131425010012760553.861.17
    2020HOU117.01155.03355620445529243.931.16
    2021HOU395.328162.1135018576122131059573.161.22
    2022HOU115.7847.24205022374012122.271.24
    2024 ATC94.2741.53234218365219183.711.26
    2024 Draft Buddy157.01271.05457131619333303.801.30
    2024 Steamer178.31186.055584338210442394.041.34
    2024 THE BAT92.5741.43234018385321194.081.32
    2024 Zeile145.71066.5435672959700293.861.30

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

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