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Charles Edward Culberson, Jr.

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The grandson of Leon Culberson and son of minor leaguer Charlie Culberson, Sr., infielder Charlie Culberson reached the majors with the San Francisco Giants in 2012 before being traded to the Rockies in July.

Culberson was drafted by the Giants 51st overall in the Supplemental 1st Round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Sean O'Connor for $607,500 and made his pro debut that summer for the AZL Giants, hitting .286 in 46 games. With the Augusta Greenjackets the following year, he hit .235 in 81 games despite missing the later part of the season with a broken hand. Back with Augusta in 2009, he hit .246 in 132 games.

Playing for the San Jose Giants in 2010, Culberson hit .290 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI while stealing 25 bases that year. He played for the Richmond Flying Squirrels the next summer and hit .259 with 10 homers. After starting 2012 with the Fresno Grizzlies, he was called up to the majors in May. He made his debut for the Giants on May 13th, going 1 for 4 with a single off Joe Saunders of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He only played 6 games for the Giants, going 3 for 22, before being sent back to AAA. In Fresno, he hit .236/.283/.396 in 90 games, with 14 doubles and 10 homers. On July 27th, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies in return for Marco Scutaro.

He spent the 2016 shuttling between a spot on the Los Angeles Dodgers' bench and the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers. A highlight was hitting a walk-off homer in extra innings in the Dodgers' last home game of the season on September 25th against former teammate Nook Logan of the Rockies. The win was particularly meaningful as it clinched the NL West title for the Dodgers and because it was the last game of the illustrious career of broadcaster Vin Scully. He was on the Dodgers' roster in the NLDS and went 0 for 7, then was replaced by Enrique Hernandez in the NLCS. His name was also a footnote in the firing of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz by the Major League Baseball Players Association, as it was Horowitz's ruling in a case in which he had filed a grievance regarding an assignment to the minor leagues that prompted the MLBPA to withdraw its confidence in the arbitrator.

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