DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has acquired infielder Charlie Culberson from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for infielder Marco Scutaro and cash considerations.
Culberson, 23, has split the 2012 season with Triple-A Fresno and in the Major Leagues with the Giants. Culberson made his Major League debut on 5/13 at ARI, and in six games with the Giants has hit .136 (3-for-22) with one RBI. In 90 games with Triple-A Fresno this season, he has batted .236 (83-for-351) with 14 doubles, 6 triples, 10 home runs, 53 RBI, 52 runs and 8 stolen bases. The Rome, GA native has at least 10 home runs in each of his last three Minor League seasons (36 HR since 2010) and had a career-high 34 doubles at Double-A in 2011. The right-handed hitter was rated the 11th-best prospect in the Giants organization prior to the 2012 season by Baseball America, and the 6th-best prospect in the organization by MLB.com. He was originally selected by San Francisco in the supplemental first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Calhoun (GA) High School.
Scutaro, 36, was in his first year with the Rockies after being acquired by the club on 1/12/12 from Boston. In 94 games this season with the Rockies, Scutaro is batting .271 (102-for-377) with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 30 RBI and 47 runs scored. Scutaro is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons with the New York Mets (2002-03), Oakland (2004-07), Toronto (2008-09), Boston (2010-11) and Colorado (2012). The native Venezuelan is a career .270 (1120-for-4141) hitter with 229 doubles, 17 triples, 72 home runs, 434 RBI and 585 runs scored in 1,197 Major League games played.
The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.