May 13, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Charlie Culberson gets his first career hit in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The Colorado Rockies traded veteran infielder Marco Scutaro to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for infield prospect Charlie Culberson. Here is a profile for the newest Rockie.
Charlie Culberson, 2B: Culberson was drafted by the Giants in the supplemental first round in 2007, out of high school in Calhoun, Georgia. His most impressive season was 2010, when he hit .290/.340/.457 with 16 homers and 25 steals for San Jose in the High-A California League. However, his bat has been less impressive against advanced pitching. He hit .259/.293/.382 last year in Double-A, and just .236/.283/.396 with 10 homers this season for Triple-A Fresno in the Pacific Coast League.
He went 3-for-22 (.176) with seven strikeouts in a brief major league trial earlier this year.
Culberson is a 6-1, 200 pound right-handed hitter, born April 10, 1989 in Rome, Georgia. He has some pop in his bat and has hit double-digit homers for three years in a row. However, he is extremely aggressive and doesn't work counts well, frequently falling prey to pitches outside the strike zone. His OBPs often sag below .300, which limits the utility of his solid basestealing ability since he's not on base much.
Culberson has developed into an impressive defensive second baseman, with good hands, plenty of range, and a stronger arm than is typical for the position. He has experience at shortstop and third base, but is error-prone at those positions, to the point that he hasn't played them since 2009.