Infobox MLB player
name = Rick VandenHurk
width = 300
team = Florida Marlins
number = 56
position = Starting pitcher
birthdate = birth date and age|1985|5|22
bats = Right
throws = Right
debutdate = April 10
debutyear = 2007
debutteam = Florida Marlins
statyear = April 22, 2008
stat1label = Win-Loss
stat1value = 4-7
Earned run average
stat2value = 7.14
stat3value = 89
Henricus van den Hurk (more commonly known as Rick VandenHurk; born on
May 22, 1985in Eindhoven, Netherlands), nicknamed "The Holland Hammer" and "The Incredible Hurk", is a starting pitcherwho plays for the Florida Marlinsorganization.
At the age of 16, VandenHurk was scouted by
Chicho Jesurunwhen playing for the Eindhoven baseball team PSV, where his father was coach. He went to Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School where he where he graduated in 2003.
Prior to his
major leaguedebut in by|2007, he had never pitched above Class-A. He underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right arm in by|2005.
In by|2006, VandenHurk started five games for the
Gulf Coast LeagueMarlins in rookie ball and three more games for the Jupiter Hammerheadsof 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.
April 9, 2007, VandenHurk was promoted to the Marlins from the Double-A Carolina Mudcatswhen pitcher Ricky Nolascowas placed on the disabled list. [cite web|url=http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070409&content_id=1888458&vkey=news_fla&fext=.jsp&c_id=fla|title=Nolasco goes to disabled list|accessdate=2007-04-09|publisher=MLB.com] 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 4 2/3 innings, in which he allowed one earned run on five hits, with five strikeouts and three walks. [cite web|url=http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070410&content_id=1890813&vkey=news_fla&fext=.jsp&c_id=fla|title=Marlins, Brewers halted due to rain|accessdate=2007-04-11|publisher=MLB.com]
VandenHurk was sent back to Double-A after the team's
April 24loss to the Atlanta Braves. In his his fourth appearance, he pitched just one inning while giving up six earned runs on four hits and four walks. Pitcher Nate Fieldwas called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his roster spot.
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 Escobarhit a double to lead off the 7th inning. He did not give up a run and earned his first win. [cite web|url=http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070605&content_id=2007348&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=fla|title=Right-hander allows one hit, notches first Major League win|accessdate=2007-06-06|publisher=MLB.com] He was sent again to Double-A on June 16.
During the 2007 midseason, VandenHurk was selected to the
All-Star Futures Gamefor which he received the win.
He is again being called up on Tuesday July 22nd, 2008 to start against the Atlanta Braves.
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