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McCullers displaying first-round stuff

Updated: April 4, 2012, 12:42 PM ET
By Kiley McDaniel

I wrote about Lance McCullers' season debut, but after seeing nearly every major prospect in Florida over the last two months, it was time to check in again on the star righty at Tampa powerhouse Jesuit High School.

McCullers did not disappoint and a few scouts said this was probably his finest outing of the year, finishing with 12 punchouts in a one-hit complete game shutout victory.

When he's on, McCullers will flash stuff to rival almost any high school arm in recent memory. In his last outing, he sat 93-95 mph for much of the game, never dipping below 90 even with his two-seamer and hitting 97 in the seventh inning. His 80-82 mph spike curveball has nasty late bend but McCullers can get around the pitch, resulting in a less desirable three-quarters tilt rather than the sharper, true 11-to-5 break. He still flashed multiple plus curves with the three-quarter tilt, but the downer version of the curve has 65 potential (on the 20-80 scouting scale, 50 being average), and he can throw this pitch to both sides of the plate for strikes, avoiding a common problem with prep arms.

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