June 7, 2010

Yankees draft SS Cito Culver in 1st round

The Yankees drafted SS Cito Culver with the last pick in the 2010 MLB draft, a 6-foot, switch-hitter out of Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY.

Author of Pending Pinstripes Greg Fertel tweeted Culver does not appear on Keith Law’s Top 100 list for the draft. Here’s MLB.com’s profile of Culver (my emphasis provided in bold):

Culver is a switch-hitter who’s better from the left side of the plate, showing more bat speed from that side. He has some gap-to-gap power right now. He looks like he should have above-average speed, but his run times haven’t been great and he’s better underway. At times, scouts have questioned his effort left on the field, though they don’t question his natural gifts. He has the tools, especially his arm strength, to perhaps stay at shortstop, though a move to center field could make some sense. He has a Maryland commitment, but there was some buzz that he’d be willing to forego that for the right price.

Also, check out this profile piece on Culver found by Bryan Hoch.

The Yankees don’t have a pick in Compensation Round A, so that’s it for Yankees draft picks tonight.

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