"Cito had a good month of July," hitting coach Greg Colbrunn said. "He's made a lot of adjustments at the plate and has been much more consistent in putting together good at-bats."
"He's been consistent this month and swinging the bat much better," manager Carlos Mendoza said. "Obviously, when you're getting results, you become more confident in your play."
Culver hit a season-high .255 in the month of July, bringing his season totals to an average of .220, with two home runs and 32 RBIs. The Rochester, NY native struggled at the beginning of the season, but appears to be finding himself with a month left in the season.
"He's made some mechanical adjustments, calmed down a little bit, and is trusting his hands," Colbrunn said. "He's getting it together right now, and he's beginning to do it all. He was a little jumpy at the beginning of the season, but now he appears calm and focused."
"I think there have been a lot of improvements this month," the 6-foot shortstop said. "There is still a long way to go, but I've been putting in my work. I'm taking it one at-bat at a time and one inning at a time, staying locked in
the whole game and not getting frustrated as easily."
"He's had a couple of rough stretches but he has been working hard all year," Mendoza said. "He just has to stay confident and comfortable. He can't be looking for results, but just take one day at a time."
Culver believes he has improved in all aspects of his game, and is confident heading into the rest of the season.
"I just try and get my work in everyday during batting practice," Culver said. "I want to make plays for my pitchers because they're out there working hard. But I feel good. I feel like our team is in a good spot right now. We've hit a
couple of rough spots but we're still competing. Hopefully we can get into the playoffs and go deep."
"It takes time to adjust to this league and sometimes when you're a young kid playing with older guys with more experience, it takes time to get used to that. Cito is developing nicely," Mendoza concluded.
Culver Beginning To Find Himself
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