Making just his fourth career start Wednesday night, 21-year-old Astros right-hander Lance McCullers racked up 11 strikeouts with zero walks and allowed one run in a complete-game win over the Orioles.
In doing so at 21 years and 244 days old McCullers became the youngest pitcher with double-digit strikeouts in a complete game since Kerry Wood’s incredible 20-strikeout game in 1998.
McCullers was the Astros’ “other” first-round pick in the 2012 draft that also saw them snag baseball’s best prospect, Carlos Correa, with the No. 1 pick. He has a 29/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings since being promoted to the big leagues on May 18 following a dominant stretch at Double-A in which he struck out 43 batters in 29 innings with a 0.62 ERA.
Houston has the AL’s best record at 34-20 and the young, high-upside talent isn’t even done arriving yet.