MiLB Scouting Report: Cito Culver

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and clubs don't stop scouting players once they enter the pros. As part of our minor league coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on prospects around minor league baseball. Here's a look at Yankees' prospect, Cito Culver.

Name: Cito Culver
Position: Shortstop
Team: Staten Island (New York Yankees)
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: S/R

Events Scouted: New York-Penn League


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Scouting Report

Culver has bat speed and a good sound off his bat that stands out. But, mechanically he has some work to do. He needs to get more extension from the left side and tends to cutt off his swing with regularity. He does stay inside the ball nicely and goes up the middle very well. But currently he is just lacking a consistent rhythm at the plate. He does show flashes of big league average raw power and he handles mistake pitches well. He has holes to be exploited, however, and I see him as a long term project offensively.

Culver is also going to need to keep tabs on his frame. He's already built somewhat thick in the lower half. He uses the lower half well at the plate and drives off of it, but to keep his value he needs to stay agile up the middle. And currently he has the hands and arm strength to stick there. Culver has ability, and particularly an ability to drive the ball with authority to the middle of the field, but he requires a great deal of polishing.

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