Syndergaard, Culver, Sanchez: Names to Watch

By on July 23, 2010

Dunedin Fla. (RSEN) – -It was a hot Florida Tuesday afternoon at the Toronto Blue Jays Englebert Complex in Dunedin; but what was hotter was the great baseball talent.  Three first round picks from this June’s MLB amateur draft were there today.

For the NY Yankees SS Christopher “Cito” Culver the 32nd pick overall; for the Jays their 34thoverall pick, P Aaron Sanchez, who was on the hill and P Noah Syndergaard the overall 38th pick with a clipboard in his hand.

Cito Culver (Eddie Michels photo)

Culver, at the plate, was 1 for 3 with a double to the left field warning track; struck out twice and walked.  Defensively, although he had error, he was very smooth turning a double play and made a very good back hander in the hole with a rocket throw to first.

Cito was unable to be reached for comment but from observation appears to be adjusting very well.

Culver, who is from Rochester, NY, is touted by some to be the heir apparent to NY Yankees super star… yes fans, #2, DJ.Sanchez is a hard throwing Barstow, California kid, and his fastball was humming. I did glance at the gun once, “91 MPH”. Sanchez had a solid two innings; gave up two hits, one walk but had 3 k’s.  The three runs the Yanks pasted on the scoreboard were all unearned.  Yankees first baseman Reymond Nunez hit a 3-run bomb to left, after the Blue Jays first baseman Jonnathan Valdez, dropped a ball at first  from second baseman, Daniel Arcila, which would have ended the inning.

Since Syndergaard had the day off (he has the rock tomorrow against the Pirates) I had a chance to chat with him.

He is a hard throwing kid from Mansfield, Texas (Legacy High). Noah Stands 6’5”, 200lbs. and he can consistently bring the heat at 92MPH and at times touches 95.

I mentioned to him he must miss the family, he replied, “Yes I do, but I like being on my own.” I said, “Wow, its hot today… Is it this hot in Texas?” Noah said, “Well yes, but it’s more humid here.”  Yes don’t we Floridians know all too well.  Noah said that this level of baseball is a lot more detailed than high school and I got the impression he is learning a lot.  We also chatted about field condition and Noah said, “These fields are a lot nicer than high school.” He mentioned that his parents have been out to visit twice which he enjoyed.

I was very impressed with this 17-year old young man; he is poised, confident, respectful and polite.

Noah Syndergaard If you get a chance you should get out to a Gulf Coast League’s rookie ballgame, there is great talent and these guys won’t be there for long … they’ll be, “Movin’ on up!” (Eddie Michels Photo)

Cito Culver (Eddie Michels photo)

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