There were rumblings at the end of last season that Charlie Culberson was eyeing a position switch or becoming a two-way player. The New York Post’s Jon Heyman reports that he will take the next step when he goes to spring training with the Atlanta Braves as a pitcher.
Veteran MLB infielder Charlie Culberson is trying to fashion a second career as reliever. Will go to Braves minors camp as pitcher. Lifetime 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 IP in past mopup spots. Scouting report: “Great guy, Super athletic, Throws strikes and has arm strength … Has a shot.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 12, 2024
Culberson will turn 35 in April and is looking for any way to extend his playing career. He spent a lengthy amount of time on the Braves’ active roster in 2023, but appeared in just one game and logged just one plate appearance at the major league level. Culberson has logged 7 1⁄3 innings in his major league career in mop up duty. He made three appearances at Gwinnett last September allowing six hits and two runs in 2 2⁄3 innings.
Culberson is the first none non-roster invitee for the Braves this winter. The full list will likely be released in the coming weeks.