01/16/2015 - Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Gabriel continues to shows well on the diamond. On the bump, this RHP works quickly from the stretch. Arm works loose/free as he has strong glove-side lead, working in-line toward the dish. FB now tops out at 81 mph while showing tail. He keeps the ball down in the zone which will result in GB outs. At SS, Culver moves well laterally on the balls of his feet. He plays through the ball and gains ground toward his target. DP turn is quick as he replaces well and has a quick exchange. At the plate, this LH swinger show an open stance with good balance. He works back into a strong loaded position and waits for his pitch (drawing 4 walks at the event). He stays through the ball and drives it on a line. Gabriel is a versatile payer that has the tools that will play at a high level.
10/08/2014 - Arizona Senior Fall Classic
Gabriel showed his plus fielding ability at short and a good contact left handed stroke at the dish, at the AZ Senior Fall Classic. Defensively, he made plays in front with soft hands and an accurate arm to throw. He made plays right and left and came in to field the slow roller with ease. Speeding up his exchange and working on his double play timing will increase play ability in the middle. Offensively, he got to a good launch position, on-time and generated good bat speed to contact. He made improvements with his lower half, becoming more simple and square to stride. On the mound, he competed and had a consistent release point. He gathered over the rubber well and had on-time separation which led to clean arm action. He held runners on well and was quick to the plate at 1.15 - 1.20. More lower half drive and a more consistent tempo at all times will improve feel on the hill. All in all - Culver projects best as a shortstop that has a lead-off type approach at the plate.
07/18/2014 - 2014 Under Armour Showcase: Baseball Factory's Team One West
Gabriel is a smooth fielding SS who can pick it. Defensively, he works fluidly from right to left and presents his glove out in front. He has athletic actions and can cover ground to his right and left. A quick exchange and strong arm allow him to get the ball across the diamond quickly. With the bat, this lefty shows good rhythm as he works back into a loaded position. He has a middle of the field approach and squares the ball up. Culver is a defensive specialist who does not let much get by him.
04/13/2014 - College PREP - Lodi (Sacramento), CA
Gabe showed exceptional increases in his defensive and offensive ability at his most recent Baseball Factory outing. The LHH flashed loose actions with good body control that led to strong line-drive contact. He stays short to the ball and was patient in allowing the ball to travel - using all fields. At short, he was fluid and rhythmic with his actions, using his feet and playing through balls with sure hands. He throws accurately from multiple arm slots and has a good release. On the bump, he threw three pitches for strikes, with a late breaking CB. He has command in the zone and works quickly. Currently, Culver projects best as a position player that has a chance to make an impact offensively.
04/21/2013 - College PREP - Stockton (Sacramento), CA
Gabriel is a young two-way player that is a SS/RHP. Defensively, he shows firm hands with an square athletic fielding position. He centers the ball, gets rid of it well, and shows a decent backhand. Fielding grades will improve as he learns to play more aggressive as well as through the ball. This will also help him field the ball further out in front of his body. On the mound Gabriel shows a loose arm action with good extension. His balance point is tall with smooth separation and in line direction. Pitching grades will improve as he works on reaching a complete finish, using more lower half, and lands more on the ball of his foot. At the plate, he shows good hip action with a controlled stride and the ability to use the entire field. Gabriel shows a level swing path with good extension through the ball. He will need to work on letting the ball travel to be more consistent to the opposite field and focus on staying firm with his backside. With two years before graduation, Gabriel shows potential to compete at the next level as he builds on the areas above.