Charlie Culberson's playing career as a position player may be coming to an end. However, the former SF Giants 2007 first-round pick is looking to try his hand at pitching, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
Former SF Giants 2007 draftee attempting to reinvent himself as a pitcher
Culberson has had a remarkably long career for a utility infielder, especially when you consider that he has never consistently started. That said, he has 11 major league seasons under his belt at this point.
The Giants selected the middle infielder in the first round of the 2007 draft out of Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Georgia. They had a bevy of first-round picks that year, including Madison Bumgarner, Tim Alderson, Wendall Fairley, Nick Noonan, and Jackson Williams.
On a related note, the 2015 season was a weird one for a lot of reasons, but do you remember when they pretty much ran out of position players? They had a 2007 draft reunion with Noonan and Williams finishing the year with the squad. Even Kevin Frandsen was on that team, but he was from a different draft class.
Of course, Culberson never really hit the ground running with the Giants, but he is an important footnote in San Francisco's history. He was shipped to the Colorado Rockies before the 2012 trade deadline in exchange for Marco Scutaro. Scutaro tallied a .362 batting average following the move while helping the Giants win their second World Series in three seasons.
On the other hand, Culberson has made stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and Texas Rangers in his 11-year career. This includes a second stint in Atlanta over the past two seasons.
His 2023 campaign was unusual. He spent over a month on the Braves' active roster but you would never know it by looking at his stats because he only accumulated one at-bat.
The 34-year-old does have some experience on the mound, which is not too surprising for a utility player. He has allowed just one earned run across 7.1 frames in his career. He is looking to add onto those numbers in 2024. When Culberson does finally hang up his spikes, there is a good chance that he will remain in baseball as a coach.