Ex-GreenJacket Charlie Culberson makes return to majors

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A former Augusta GreenJacket earned the second big-league promotion of his career this past week.

Former GreenJacket and current Colorado Rockie Charlie Culberson started against Atlanta on Wednesday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former GreenJacket and current Colorado Rockie Charlie Culberson started against Atlanta on Wednesday.

Colorado Rockies infielder Charlie Culberson was called up to the team July 29, his second stint in the majors after playing six games for the San Francisco Giants last season.

Culberson entered the week with one hit in nine plate appearances for the Rockies. The 24-year-old has played the field three times since getting called up, twice at second base and once in left field.

Culberson is a product of Calhoun High School drafted in a supplemental first round by the Giants in 2007. He was acquired in a trade with the Rockies for Marco Scutaro last year.

Culberson was hitting .310 with 14 home runs and 13 steals for Triple-A Colorado Springs at the time of his promotion.

DUFFY STAYS HOT: Former GreenJacket Matt Duffy has moved up one level, but he continues to rake without missing a beat.

The shortstop is hitting .341 with two home runs in 50 plate appearances for Advanced-A San Jose.

He has taken advantage of the hitter-friendly California League by slugging more than 100 points higher than his percentage in Augusta.

Duffy hit .307 with four home runs and 22 stolen bases in 339 plate appearances for the GreenJackets to begin this season. His emergence earned the Long Beach State product a promotion back to his home state, where he will likely finish the season.

SPEEDY WREN: Although Rome Braves outfielder Kyle Wren exchanged a good game for a bad one while in Augusta this past week, he showed skills that warranted an eighth-round selection by the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 draft.

Wren went 2 for 6 with a double and RBI on July 29 before going 0 for 4 the next day. The speedy center fielder is hitting .317 with 21 stolen bases in 24 games for the Braves.

Wren showed an awareness for his skill set, maintaining a level swing and not trying to do too much at the plate. He sprayed the ball with some authority in the first game against the GreenJackets and used his speed well.

He also showed a weakness in the series, dropping his back shoulder and using a long swing that led to weak fly balls in the 0 for 4 game. When his swing is compact, he will make solid contact often, but it wouldn’t be surprising for Wren to fight a long swing at times in his development. He has intelligence and instincts on his side, as well as a solid defensive profile.


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