Baseball America scouting report:
That's not exactly a flattering scouting report.Hidden away in upstate New York—hardly a baseball hotbed—Culver sticks out like a sore thumb. He is the rare Northeast prep product with a legitimate chance to play shortstop in the major leagues. Culver's best tool is his arm, which rates as a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Some scouts report seeing him up to 94 mph off the mound, but he has no interest in pitching. The game comes easily to Culver, whose actions, instincts and range are all plus at times, though he has a long way to go to become a consistent defender, and some believe he profiles as a utility player down the road. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Culver is a solid-average runner and a switch-hitter with a loose, whippy swing from both sides of the plate. He projects to have below-average power and is mostly a slap hitter, but he does generate good bat speed and could be an average hitter as he gets stronger. Culver is an excellent athlete who plays basketball in the winter, and he could take off once he focuses on baseball. He could be drafted in the fourth- to sixth-round range, but he is considered a difficult sign away from his Maryland commitment.
What the Yankees see in Cito Culver
Granted, you wouldn’t expect Damon Oppenheimer to say bad things about his first-round draft pick, but the Yankees put their money where their mouth is by drafting Cito Culver with the 32nd pick last night. It’s clear they believe in this kid, and they’ve seen him enough to have a pretty informed opinion. Among the scouts sent to watch Culver was Bill Livesey, who was the Yankees scouting director the year Derek Jeter was drafted.
In the words of Oppenheimer, here’s a quick scouting report on the latest Yankees prospect.
BAT: “Switch hitter. We like him from both sides of the plate. An above average hitter. He has pop in his bat, even with wood. It’s high school, but he’s hitting the ball over the fence in center field with a heavier wood bat than most of these kids we see using. The kid only struck out twice. We saw him all summer against the better stuff, guys throwing hard, and he squared the ball up well during that time so we think he’s going to hit. We think there’s a chance for power too.”
GLOVE: “You always keep your mind open, but his tools and his ability were what attracted us as a shortstop. You never know how long it will take for a guy to get there, and what’s in front of him when he does get there, but I think the fact that he’s in the middle of the field right now, we project him to be a shortstop. Worst-case scenario, if somebody was there blocking his way, you’re talking about a switch hitter that can run and do some other things, it would allow him (to change positions) if you need to.”
ARM: “He has a great arm. He’s up to 95 on the mound, but the idea of being able to get a switch-hitting shortstop is more attractive right now than a thrower, which is really what he is as a pitcher.”
MAKEUP: “He’s a no-nonsense kid. He’s a yes sir, no sir kid. He’s very solid. He’s not going to come out and be real emotional one way or the other. He’s a very solid kid who’s really passionate toward baseball. He’s a good person. We feel he’s a high-character kid. We watched him play real hard, so we felt real good about his makeup.”
SIGNABILITY: “He really wants to be a Yankee. I think that we’re going to get him. We should get him signed and get him out playing really soon. This guy really has a passion to make it through the minor leagues and play in New York.”
Well I expected a glowing review by the Yankees scouting department. They have to justify the alleged reach. But what he had to say satisfies me. It's clear they believe in the kid.
No matter how Yankee fans try and look at this situation; this was a pretty stupid move by the Yankees front office.Originally Posted by quote
Not many teams would have taken this guy before the 4th, 5th or even 6th rounds... Why the Yankees took this kid during the 1st round is beyond me. They could have had this kid during rounds 2,3,4 and maybe even the 5th and 6th. To draft him during the 1st round? Horrid.
It really doesn't matter though. When you have a team, that can afford to pay players billions of dollars... It's a moot point.
Pena is a our Shortstop of the future and Jeter is our LF/DH of the future.
Not to derail the thread but whats the deal with the guy the mets took. To lazy/dont care enough to google it.
Also, I'm not sure why the Yankees would ever want a player, who's already 35 years old, to become their "DH of the future". What future? He'll be lucky to play another 3 seasons before hitting the wall.
Jeter may be a really good ball player as of right now, he may have been great in years past, but I'm sorry... He doesn't have enough batting power to man the DH position.