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Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. stays focused

Tigers ace and Florida commit was selected No. 41 overall by the Houston Astros in MLB Draft


Winning Formula Home

Armed with a 97 mph fastball and a major league pedigree, Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) senior right-hander and Gatorade National Player of the Year Lance McCullers Jr. has a decision to make this summer: go to Florida or start his professional career. 



During the season, though, McCullers was focused on one thing and one thing only: leading the Tigers to a state title. 



Every start McCullers makes comes under the watchful eyes—and radar guns—of major league scouts. He’s fortunate to have a father—Lance McCullers Sr.—who pitched seven years in the majors after being drafted out of rival Tampa Catholic in 1982, and a pitching coach—Geoff Goetz—who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft following a standout career at Jesuit. 



By the time he finishes his pregame warmup, which includes loosening up by throwing a softball and sitting down to discuss the night’s game with coach Goetz, McCullers is ready to dominate. More often than not, he does.

Watch Other Episodes:

Watch Episode 1: Winning Tradition
Watch Episode 2: Stronger Longer
Watch Episode 3: Mental Mindset
Watch Episode 4: Lance McCullers Jr.
Watch Episode 5: Extraordinary Depth
Watch Episode 6: Staying Loose
Watch Episode 7: Been There, Done That
Watch Episode 8: Recover, Then Prepare
Watch Episode 9: McCullers Jr. Delivers
Watch Episode 10: Extra Innings

 

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