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.