The consensus seems to be this is a WTF? moment, although some people are withholding judgment since teams like the Twins and Braves have been successful in the past with similar type picks, and everyone is in agreement that there is a crapshoot quality to the the whole affair that is the baseball draft. Baseball America, Prospectus and other experts projected Culver to go two to four rounds later. In fact, it was hard to find information from these sources about Cito since he was so far off their radar they hadn't prepared snappy summaries as they had for other expected first rounders.
In any case, it's clear the Yanks are in love with the Rochester native Culver who is an athletic switch-hitting high school shortstop. I'm not sure what to make of all the talk about how the Yanks should have held off on taking him until later since he was projected for later rounds. The Yanks seemed to think it was much too big of a gamble to wait any longer than the first round to snatch him up. Additionally, the first round has been full of surprises, at least according to the experts. If that's the case, consensus projections are probably not useful tools to use to guage when players will be drafted this year. All it takes is one other team to like Culver a lot as a second round pick for the Yanks to lose out on the guy they wanted the most at that point. Whether they should have wanted him the most, of course, is the issue. And that's an issue with the mysterious art of scouting. How can we, who do not watch these players, judge who will be a good player and who will be bad? The most respected and important scouts in the Yanks system surely talked this guy up.
So, I leave you with what I think after every draft pick selection: It could be a good pick or it could be a bad one or it could be a meh one.