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Lance McCullers Jr. the Houston Astros first-round draft pick in 2012 (42nd overall) and son of former major-leaguer Lance McCuller Sr. has been called-up to the big league club, skipping Triple-A coming from Double-A Corpus Christi where he was nearly unhittable. Posting a 0.62 ERA in 29 innings is proof that his stuff, is in fact, nearly unhittable. His most impressive stat is his 43/11 K/BB ratio over that span, having nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings.

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The Astros have been a surprise to some MLB fans, but if you have followed the club closely over the last five years, you can see the talent begin to build in the minor leagues with high draft picks year-after-year. McCullers, will start this Monday in replacement of Brett Oberholtzer, who was place back on the 15-day DL with the same blister on this throwing hand that had sidelined him to start the year.

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With a rotation that boasts the early favorite Cy-Young candidate Dallas Keuchel, paired with strikeout-master Colin McHugh, and the wily-veterans Scott Feldman and Roberto Hernandez, the Astros are here to stay in the American League. This talent level and leadership will provide a solid foundation for Lance McCullers to learn from throughout his stay in the big leagues. Who knows, if his electric stuff shines on the big-stage, he could make this call-up permanent.

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Dan Schalk covers the Houston Astros for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk

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