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Crystal Ball: Lance McCullers, RHP, Houston Astros

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Here's a Crystal Ball, by reader request, for Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers.

The Crystal Ball is NOT a PREDICTION in the sense of me saying "this is how the guy will turn out." The idea is to generate discussion about a player by presenting one possible outcome for his career, based on what we currently know about him.

It is not just thrown together; I try to make them logical, based on the outcomes of players who were similar at the same stage of their career. Sometimes a CB represents a maximal outcome, sometimes it is more of a middle ground.

This is the last Crystal Ball for awhile. In the next few weeks, my efforts will be focused on the Top 20 Prospect lists for 2017.

Lance McCullers
Year Team G GS IP H R ER W L ERA K BB SV Age K/9 BB/9 H/9
2015 Astros 22 22 125.666 106 49 45 6 7 3.22 129 43 0 21 9.24 3.08 7.59
2016 Astros 14 14 81 80 29 29 6 5 3.22 106 45 0 22 11.8 5 8.89
2017 Astros 27 27 170 164 72 67 11 8 3.55 171 74 0 23 9.05 3.92 8.68
2018 Astros 32 32 200 192 74 69 16 10 3.11 198 78 0 24 8.91 3.51 8.64
2019 Astros 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 25 9 6 10.6
2020 Astros 11 0 16 11 3 3 0 0 1.69 12 2 0 26 6.75 1.13 6.19
2021 Astros 26 26 168 158 78 73 8 8 3.91 170 70 0 27 9.11 3.75 8.46
2022 Rays 31 31 186 178 83 82 11 11 3.97 183 76 0 28 8.85 3.68 8.61
2023 Rays 32 32 209 190 72 69 16 11 2.97 200 76 0 29 8.61 3.27 10.6
2024 Rays 11 11 57 54 30 29 3 4 4.58 56 29 0 30 8.84 4.58 8.53
2025 Rays 33 25 168 145 77 73 9 11 3.91 159 76 2 31 8.52 4.07 7.77
2026 Rays 8 8 44 46 31 31 2 4 6.34 39 28 0 32 7.98 5.73 9.41
Indians 15 2 57 54 22 22 4 4 3.47 49 18 4 33 7.74 2.84 8.53
2027 Indians 63 0 74 59 21 19 5 2 2.31 78 29 35 34 9.49 3.53 7.18
2028 Indians 70 0 78 63 25 25 6 4 2.88 83 25 40 35 9.58 2.88 7.27
2029 Indians 49 0 56 58 20 20 3 4 3.21 54 19 19 36 8.68 3.05 10.6
Astros 11 0 13 9 3 3 1 1 2.08 9 4 2 6.23 2.77 6.23
2030 Astros 52 0 57 60 33 33 2 3 5.21 49 24 1 37 7.74 3.79 9.47
508 231 1762.67 1627 722 692 109 97 3.53 1748 718 103 8.93 3.67 8.31