Looking at the Last Ten Years of First Round Picks (Part 1)

Looking at the Last Ten Years of First Round Picks (Part 1)

With another MLB Draft in the books and Anthony Volpe signed, I decided to look back at the last ten years of Yankees first round picks. A first round pick may ensure that the person signing will garner a hefty bonus check, but it certainly doesn’t mean the draftee will ever see a big league pitch. It is no surprise to see the Yankees have had mixed results with their first round picks lately. Some crashed and burned pretty hard, others are still working their way through the system - and then you have Aaron Judge.

Cito Culver (SS):
Drafted: 2010, 32nd pick out of Irondequoit HS (Rochester, NY)

Yankees career: Culver seemed like an odd first round pick when the Yankees made it, but he had a compelling story that made people cheer for the New York native. His father had started a prison sentence for burning down the family’s house on Easter in 2008 in an attempt to kill Culver’s mother.

Culver worked his way through the short-season leagues, as well as the lower levels, despite rarely having good offensive numbers. A solid defensive player, Culver was never able to adjust to professional pitching and continually struggled at the plate. In 2015, he spent time with both Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton. He was never called up to the majors and bounced between the RailRiders and the Thunder until he became a free agent after the 2017 season.

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