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From Democrat and Chronicle:

Irondequoit’s Cito Culver has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, with a reported bonus of nearly $1 million.

“We are very excited to get Cito signed so quickly and get him out on the field to begin his development as a Major League prospect,” said Damon Oppenheimer, vice president of amateur scouting for the Yankees.

The switch-hitting shortstop was selected by the Yankees last week with the No. 32 pick in the draft. He hit .561 with 9 home runs and 38 runs batted in for Irondequoit. Culver is in Tampa at the Yankees minor-league complex and is scheduled to return this weekend.

He graduates from Irondequoit High School on Sunday.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Yankees signed Culver for a $940,000 signing bonus. That is the figure recommended by Major League Baseball for the 32nd pick.

Culver’s career could begin as early as next week. He is expected to join the Yankees rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League, playing home games in Tampa. (more…)

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