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Charlie Culberson, a longtime clubhouse favorite for the Atlanta Braves, is attempting to transition from a utilityman to a pitcher after 11 MLB seasons. Culberson began pursuing pitching last August and has been working with coaches and pitching instructors to learn the craft. His repertoire includes a 94mph fastball, split changeup, and cutter.
"I loved pitching growing up, loved pitching through high school and here I am now getting a chance to try it on now toward - I'm not going to say 'toward the end of my career' but at this point in my career, I'm getting to try pitching," Culberson said.
At 35 years old, Culberson's opportunities for playing time with the stacked Braves lineup have been limited. It is unclear if pitching will provide him with a clearer path to playing time, but he has embraced the challenge and has been working hard to learn a new craft. Culberson acknowledges the difficulties of making a position change but remains committed to embracing new challenges.
"For me, this has been a challenge making a position change, but I'm still playing baseball. I know how tough that is transitioning, and I'm sure it would be probably tougher transitioning out of baseball," Culberson said.