CHARLESTON, SC -
The New York Yankees have announced that shortstop Cito Culver and All-Star closer Ben Paullus have been promoted to High-A Tampa. Both were in their second season with the Charleston RiverDogs.
In a corresponding roster move, third baseman Dante Bichette, Jr. was activated from the disabled list.
Culver, who hails from Rochester, NY, was batting .232 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in his 104 games as a RiverDog this season. Last year with Charleston, he led all South Atlantic League shortstops with 194 putouts and was part of a league-leading 80 double-plays. He was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft (32nd overall pick) out of Irondequoit High School in Rochester, N.Y.
Paullus, a right-hander who earned SAL All-Star honors as a reliever, recorded nine saves and had a 6-3 record and 2.54 ERA in his 32 appearances. Surrendering only a pair of homers, Paullus walked 26 while striking out 60. A native of Olive Branch, Miss., he was selected by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Memphis.