Baseball: Former Calhoun star Culberson appears primed to return to MLB

Charlie Culberson (File Photo/AP)

It’s been an exciting year for the Culberson family and the Greater Rome community as they watched one of their own achieve his dreams. Earlier this season, former Calhoun standout Charlie Culberson made his Major League debut for the San Francisco Giants.

Late Friday night, Culberson’s story added a new chapter as he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Marco Scutaro. While the Giants traded for a player who will likely help the their big-league club this season, the Rockies went after Culberson to help build their future.

“We were all blind-sided by the trade,” said Charlie’s father Charles Culberson when reached by phone on Saturday. “Charlie’s agent told me he’s talked to the Rockies, and it was the Rockies that initiated the trade and Charlie was the one they wanted.

“They (the Rockies) have been watching Charlie for a while, been scouting him and watching him play, and they even went to the area scout that scouted Charlie in high school. So the Rockies did their homework and did the trade.”

Charlie, a Rome native, played his high school baseball at Calhoun before being drafted by San Francisco in the supplemental first-round (51st overall) in the 2007 draft. After making his debut in May, Charlie played in six games before being sent back to the Giants Triple-A team in Fresno.

Charlie was playing for the Fresno Grizzles when Friday’s trade went through, and Charlie was just as surprised as everybody else.

“At first he was in shock about it because it came out of no where,” said Charles about his son’s reaction. “But now that he’s talked with his agent, and the Rockies have talked to him, he feels like it’s going to be a better opportunity for him.”

“He’s excited about closing one chapter in life, and starting a new one,” added Charles.

For the season with the Fresno Grizzles, he played in 91 games with a .236 batting average, 10 home runs, and 53 RBIs.

Charlie will report to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox’s, which is the Rockies Triple-A affiliate.

“He’s going to go to their Triple-A team first, so he can get comfortable with the Rockies, and so they can get to know him while he gets to know them,” said Charles. “You always want to go with who wants you -- not that the Giants didn’t want Charlie -- but here’s a team that trades for you and went after you.

“It’s exciting to know that the club that got him has plans for him; so I’m excited that he’s going to have a better opportunity now,” added Charles. “Knowing they (the Rockies) wanted him makes me feel better that he’s really going to get an opportunity now.”