TAMPA, Fla. -- Jesuit High School senior Lance McCullers Jr. was destined to play baseball. His father, Lance McCullers Sr., pitched seven years in the majors, playing his last MLB game a year before his son was born.
"He watched some of my tapes from when I played. Other than that, we just played a lot in the yard together and in the field," said McCullers Sr.
"I remember my Dad taking me to Forest Hills, walking up to the sign in booth for little league baseball, and they said I was too young. I think I was 3 years old, maybe, but I wanted to get out there and play," said McCullers Jr.
When McCullers Jr. finally got to play, he quickly rose to the top of the ranks. The right-hander threw a 100mph fastball his junior year. This year, he didn't allow a single earned run in the regular season.
"You always want to make your father proud, especially when you have his name. It's just something that first sons do," said McCullers Jr.
The question now is whether McCullers Jr. will go to college or go to the majors. He's projected to be drafted top ten overall, but Lance Jr. has other things on his mind right now.
"My mind and heart is on the field at Jesuit right now, and my mission isn't done until I've won a state championship. If I leave here without that title, I'll feel like I failed a little bit. I honestly believe that if I end up at Florida, that's what I'm supposed to do, and if I end up signing, that's what I was supposed to do."