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Feb '11 21

Rick van den Hurk featured at MLB.com

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Spring Training with the Baltimore Orioles has started for Dutch right-hander Rick van den Hurk. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com published a featured article the hurler from Eindhoven on Friday.

When Netherlands native Rick VandenHurk was first signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2002, the 6-foot-5 teenager had dreams of reaching the Major Leagues as a catcher.

But it didn’t take long for the Florida Marlins to put the big backstop on the mound and have VandenHurk throw a few baseballs, an experiment that impressed the organization enough to convert him to a pitcher.

“I was also a terrible hitter,” VandenHurk recalled of his position player days.

Read the complete story at MLB.com

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