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.

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2010 Draft: Damon Oppenheimer's post-draft chat
Keeping A-Rod fresh for the long haul
  • A.D.

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

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      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

        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.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          That’s impossible. There are no Mets or Red Sox fans with the educational achievement levels, intellectual prowess, or general dumb luck to rise to the level of School Superintendent.

          • rbizzler

            I am assuming that you don’t work in education, Tommie. I personally do not, but my little lady does and I have been consistently amazed at the incompetence of some of the people in charge that I have met. Some of this shit is just downright embarrassing, but do need to digest.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Oh, absolutely, I was just goofing.

              Working in government, I’ve been to many a DOE briefing/panel/meeting and walked out shocked at how uneducated our educators and administrators are.

            • rbizzler

              *no need to digest
              *or I do need to digest.

              Take your pick.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Princess Leia was coming back from buying space groceries when this comment happened.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        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

          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

          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

            unless the grade is completely finalized tomorrow or this Saturday.

          • Pete

            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.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            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

          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?

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    this is effing awesome news

  • CountryClub

    “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.

  • pat

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

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      +42

  • Accent Shallow

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

    • rbizzler

      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).

  • nathan

    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.

    • Mister Delaware

      Is this really fair? The only people I saw destroying the pick were people here on RAB. Most of the experts went with a shrug and “he wasn’t a first rounder on my board”. Big difference.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Meh, there was an initial smattering of “He wasn’t a first rounder on my board, therefore the Yankees made a mistake” talk amongst several of those experts. It died down rather quickly, though.

        • Mister Delaware

          I guess I find it a little tough to call the draft guys (Callis/Law/Goldstein) talking heads and blowhards. There are plenty of baseball analysts who qualify, but if you’re a draft guy, you’re putting in a ton of work, not just getting by on loud opinions and your status as a former MLB player. And really, whats the point of ranking players if you’re going to praise every pick? Those guys should be saying they don’t like the pick if their #166 goes 32nd, the blowhard line would be trashing Oppenheimer. No one did that, atleast not that I saw.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Fair enough, throwing in the word “blowhard” probably did go over the top.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      The funny thing about the CJ Henry pick is that it worked out just fine for the Yankees.

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Stop it Steve, stick with the narrative.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

        Haha, so true.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    • Mister Delaware

      The way Oakland’s been performing the past 4 years, you almost wonder if Beane is too busy writing a sequel to make good trades and picks.

      • Tom Swift

        Billy Beane did not write the book “Money Ball.” Michael Lewis, well known business writer, did.

        • Joe Morgan

          Let me spell this one out for you …

      • Randy A.

        Maybe not writing a sequel…but maybe getting a little face time with Brad Pitt who is playing Beane in the movie that’s going to be made about the book Moneyball.

        • Joe Morgan

          Pitt deserves a medal for that one. How many wives will now go with the husbands simply because he’s starring?

          • Mister Delaware

            / name change fail

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Is that movie still even alive? That project’s been placed on more hold than Mel Kiper Jr’s hair.

              http://www.instantrimshot.com

              • rbizzler

                Last, I heard, via Neyer (who is obsessed with this project), was that it had some new life breathed into it and that Pitt was still on board. They are still trying to figure out a script that proves entertaining but doesn’t stray too much from the narrative of the book.

              • Mister Delaware

                Back on. Jonah Hill as Paul DePodesta. I assume Swisher will be played by Danny Glover.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Nick Swisher will have to be played my himself.

                  Nobody plays Nick Swisher. Ever. Not even himself.

                  • rbizzler
                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Thanks. Some of my casting suggestions:

                      J.P. Riccardi: Ray Romano
                      Joe Morgan: Chi McBride
                      Barry Zito: Ben Affleck
                      Tim Hudson: Ted McGinley
                      Mark Mulder: David Duchovny
                      Jeremy Bonderman: Michael Rapapport
                      Art Howe: Joe the Plumber
                      Miguel Tejada: Jose Canseco (in blackface)
                      Billy Koch: DeShawn Stevenson (in whiteface)
                      Kevin Youkilis: whatever local sex offender happens to be hanging around the set that day
                      Jason Giambi: Sam Elliott
                      Eric Chavez: Rufio from Hook
                      Bobby Crosby: Former Governor Jim McGreevey
                      Peter Gammons: Mr. Magoo
                      Alyssa Milano: herself

                    • pat

                      This guy is looking for work, he’s a good candidate to play Gammo

                      http://tinyurl.com/67kod4

                    • Mister Delaware

                      Dick Clark?