Jun
16

Culver passes on University of Maryland, nears agreement with Yanks

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Cito Culver, the Yanks’ first-round pick in last week’s amateur draft, has passed on his commitment to the University of Maryland and will instead be flying to the Yankees’ complex in Tampa this weekend, the Democrat and Chronicle reported today. The 17-year-old short stop had signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Maryland, but when the Yanks surprised many by taking him with the 32nd pick of the draft, it seemed to be just a matter of time before Culver went pro. The youngster can’t sign with the Yankees until after he graduates from high school on Sunday, June 20, but the Yankees plan on giving him a physical this week in anticipation of a contract. When the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, Culver will report to the Gulf Coast League for its 60-game rookie ball season.

Updated (1:35 p.m.): The Yankees are apparently even closer to sealing the deal than we initially expected. Chad Jennings notes a report stating the Yanks have reached an agreement with Culver “pending a physical and Culver’s graduation.” No details on the dollars involved or the slot figures have been released yet.

Categories : Asides, Draft

45 Comments»

  1. A.D. says:

    I’ll take a little less nailbiting then the previous couple years.

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Technically, his ceremony is Sunday, I’m sure he has already graduated from high school at this point.

    • Only in 2010 would a bunch of folks on the Internet be fully aware of the details of some Rochester kid’s high school graduation :)

      Technically is the issue though, right? He can’t technically sign until after the graduation ceremony.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

        Watch the Superintendant of his school system be a Met or Red Sox fan and postpone the graduation ceremony a week just to screw with the Yamkees.

      • Technically is the issue though, right? He can’t technically sign until after the graduation ceremony.

        I’d surmise that if we’re going to get into super-specific technicalities, the ceremony itself is meaningless and Andy’s probably right, once classes are over, grades are in, and credits are entered into the system, he’s graduated. The ceremony is just that: a ceremony.

        Just my hunch.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

          Probably right?

          If that IS the rule, OPP should be on the stage having CCito sign the contract right after the principal hands him the diploma.

        • yoo-boo says:

          logically yes. the graduation day is the day you officially receive a diploma. Having diploma means you are no longer to be qualified as a HS student as MLB is supporting the notion.

          I think he can ask for receiving the diploma he earned and goes to Florida for baseball job today if he wants to. However, why on earth would anyone want to skip the graduation ceremony.

          • yoo-boo says:

            unless the grade is completely finalized tomorrow or this Saturday.

          • Pete says:

            if I had had the opportunity to skip the three hours of sitting in an overly warm gymnasium while listening to boring statistics about my grade and then four or five horrible speeches and then reaaaally bad HS a capella featuring solos from every single goddamn senior, then I absolutely would have.

          • However, why on earth would anyone want to skip the graduation ceremony.

            There’s plenty of reasons to skip a graduation ceremony. I get a degree next spring, and the only reason I’m going to the commencement ceremony is because my parents want to be there to see it.

            I’d be perfectly happy with them mailing it to me and staying at home instead. I’m not keen on paying for a cap and gown and waiting in line and sitting on a stage listening to some boring ass speeches that nobody wants to hear.

        • Chris says:

          The ceremony is technically meaningless, but a lot of schools define that date as graduation date. Anyone not at the ceremony will have their diplomas mailed to them (or delivered in another way), but they won’t have graduated until the date of the ceremony.

          On another note, what happens if someone fails a class and doesn’t graduate? Are they not eligible to sign?

  3. Dela G says:

    this is effing awesome news

  4. CountryClub says:

    “When the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, Culver will report to the Gulf Coast League for its 60-game rookie ball season.”

    Sweet.

  5. pat says:

    60 games of pro ball before he even turns 18. That’s development, yo.

  6. Accent Shallow says:

    So do you think we’re looking at slot? Slightly over?

    • rbizzler says:

      You would have to think the fact that this signing is going down now means at the most, he will sign for slightly over slot.

      Best of both worlds as Young Cito gets 200 or so AB’s and the Yanks have a bit more cash to spread around on the likes of Morton, Williams and Jordan (et al).

  7. nathan says:

    Here’s hoping that this pick proves the Yanks FO knows a lot more than the talking heads and blowhard experts on TV.

    Yanks really don’t want another CJ Henry though, here is hoping for a smooth signing and successful baseball career for the kid.

  8. With Culver, Gumbs, and possibly either Jordan or Williams (or both) headed to the GCL, the organization should petition the league to have our team renamed “The GCL Athletics”.

    Since that name is already taken, Oakland’s GCL club can be named “The GCL MoneyBallers”. It’s got a nice ring to it.

    Win-win.

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