07/28/12 1:15 AM ET
Scutaro sent to Giants for infield prospect
By Trey Scott / MLB.com
Prospect acquired by Rockies
- Charlie Culberson, 2B: After a breakout in the California League in 2010, Double-A wasn't as kind to Culberson, ranked No. 6 on the Giants' Top 20. And while his Triple-A numbers this season haven't been great, he still has some offensive upside. He has some extra-base pop but still struggles with pitch recognition and plate discipline. He's become more comfortable at second base after playing both shortstop and third in the past. He made his big league debut in May, but he's not quite ready for a full-time gig. He's still young enough to make the necessary adjustments to succeed.
- Top 20 Prospects: Rockies | Giants
- -- Jonathan Mayo
Scutaro, 36, is hitting .271 this season while playing mostly at second base.A free agent after this season, Scutaro alluded that he'd like to play for the Rockies again. "It's been one of the best clubhouses I've ever been a part of," he said. "Next year I'll be a free agent and hopefully I can come back here. I want to a part of this. This team will be good soon. We'll see what happens." "We're gonna miss him for sure," said third baseman Jordan Pacheco."He's a great player and I wish him the best of luck." The Rockies will announce Scutaro's replacement on the 25-man roster Saturday. Pacheco is a candidate to move to second base -- he played there predominately in college -- as is DJ Lemahieu, who has seen action at second in 16 games this season. Josh Rutledge, who projects as a second baseman, will likely remain at shortstop in Troy Tulowitzki's absence. Culberson will report directly to Triple-A Colorado Springs, according to a team spokesman. A 2007 first-round pick of the Giants, the 23-year-old Culberson hit .236 in 90 games with Triple-A Fresno. Culberson went 3-for-22 in six games with the Giants earlier this year.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.