|Rick Vanden Hurk|
VandenHurk with the Baltimore Orioles
|Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 44|
May 22, 1985 |
|MLB: April 10, 2007, for the Florida Marlins|
|KBO: April 17, 2013, for the Samsung Lions|
|NPB: June 14, 2015, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks|
|MLB: October 3, 2012, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|KBO: October 14, 2014, for the Samsung Lions|
(through 2016 Season)
Henricus "Rick" Nicolas VandenHurk (born May 22, 1985, as Henricus van den Hurk) is a Dutch professional baseball pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. He is a member of the Netherlands national baseball team.
At the age of 16, VandenHurk was scouted by Chicho Jesurun when playing for the Oosterhout baseball team Twins, where his father was coach. He went to Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School where he graduated in 2003.
VandenHurk was signed by the Florida Marlins as an international free agent in 2002.
In 2006, VandenHurk started five games for the Gulf Coast League Marlins in rookie ball and three more games for the Jupiter Hammerheads of High-A. In the rookie league, VandenHurk allowed just two runs on four hits in 15 innings of work, while striking out 26 batters. With the Hammerheads, he allowed three earned runs on five hits through ten innings and striking out 15.
On April 9, 2007, VandenHurk was promoted to the Marlins from the Double-A Carolina Mudcats when pitcher Ricky Nolasco was placed on the disabled list. At the time of his debut, he was the youngest player in the National League. He made his first major league appearance on April 10, starting against the Milwaukee Brewers. A rain delay cut his debut short after 42⁄3 innings, in which he allowed one earned run on five hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.
VandenHurk was sent back to Double-A after the team's April 24 loss to the Atlanta Braves. In his fourth appearance, he pitched just one inning while giving up six earned runs on four hits and four walks. Pitcher Nate Field was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his roster spot.
On June 5, the Marlins called up VandenHurk to throw the second game of a double header. He went six innings without giving up a hit until Yunel Escobar hit a double to lead off the 7th inning. He did not give up a run and earned his first win. He was sent again to Double-A on June 16.
During the 2007 midseason, VandenHurk was selected to the All-Star Futures Game for which he received the win.
He was called back up to the majors on Tuesday July 22, 2008 to start against the Atlanta Braves.
He was brought up again to join the rotation on July 20, 2009 when the Marlins sent struggling left-hander Andrew Miller to the minor leagues. His first opponent was the San Diego Padres with VandenHurk coming away the winner that day in a 3–2 game.
During November 2009, VandenHurk pitched for Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rico Baseball League, a Winter Baseball league. VandenHurk made three starts going 0–0 with an ERA of 2.50 striking out 13 in 18 innings, while walking just one.
On February 3, 2012, the Orioles released VandenHurk.
Toronto Blue Jays
On February 22, 2012 the Toronto Blue Jays signed VandenHurk to a split contract; he was subsequently waived by Toronto.
VandenHurk was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians on March 21, 2012. He was designated for assignment on March 29, 2012. VandenHurk was subsequently ourighted to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on April 4, 2012. He declined his minor league assignment and became a free agent.
VandenHurk signed with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization for 2013. In 2014, VandenHurk finished with a 13–4 win-loss record, a 3.18 ERA (lowest ERA in KBO), and a league-high 180 strikeouts over 1522⁄3 innings pitched.
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
On December 26, 2014, VandenHurk signed a contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. In 2015, VandenHurk made 15 starts for the SoftBank Hawks, compiling a perfect 9-0 record, with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He struck out 120 batters in 93 innings pitched.
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