Chris "Cito" Culver, the Yankees' first-round draft pick, can play shortstop and pitch. The Yankees see him as a shortstop. This means he could one day replace Derek Jeter.
But that day likely won't be soon, because Culver -- who is from Rochester, N.Y. -- is only 17 years old.
He has reportedly already committed to the University of Maryland, but Yankee green could cause him to change his mind.
Here is what the Yankees had to say about him:
Culver, listed at 6 feet, 172 pounds, batted .561 (37-for-66) with 10 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 38 RBI and 20 walks in 22 regular season games this past season as a high school senior, according to his school's Web site. He also had a .933 fielding percentage, committing just eight errors in 120 total chances, helping lead his school to the Monroe County Division title. Named his team's most valuable player in each of the last three seasons, Culver was also a three-time all-county selection and an Under Armour All-American.
em>Last summer, Culver played on the Yankees' Area Code team, working out at Yankee Stadium and participating in a tournament in California. Baseball America rated the shortstop as the third-best prospect out of the state of New York. Under his high school bio page, Culver lists his favorite baseball team as the New York Yankees and one of his favorite baseball players as Derek Jeter.
"We were able to draft a very athletic kid who can play a good shortstop," said Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees Vice President of Amateur Scouting. "He has a plus arm, is a solid runner and is an excellent hitter. He's a player we are happy to have. It was an easy decision for us."
Culver is just the second high school shortstop drafted by the Yankees (also C.J. Henry in 2005) in the first round since the club selected Derek Jeter with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 First-Year Player Draft.