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Vanden Hurk wows Hawaii with his arm

Marlins prospect proved dominant in Winter League play

By Chip Haunss / Special to MLB.com


Rick Vanden Hurk was signed out of the Marlins' Dutch academy at age 17. (Hawaii Winter Baseball)

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Rick Vanden Hurk had a stellar season for the Waikiki BeachBoys in Hawaii Winter Baseball.

The 21-year-old right-hander went 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA and a league-leading 63 strikeouts. He held opponents to a .162 batting average, twice won Player of the Week honors and was named to the HWB All-Star team.


Vanden Hurk led Waikiki to a 2-0 blanking of the Honolulu Sharks in his final start of the season, allowing one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts over five innings.


In 2006, the 6-foot-5 righty from the Netherlands posted a 1.20 ERA in five starts with the Gulf Coast Marlins and had a 2.70 ERA in three starts for the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads.


Here's how the rest of the Marlins prospects fared during Winter League action:


Arizona Fall League


Scott Tyler, RHP -- Tyler went 1-0 with one save and a 7.59 ERA in 10 games for the Peoria Javelinas.


Scott Nestor, RHP -- Nestor had a rough season for the Javelinas, going 0-1 with a 17.10 ERA in 10 games. Opponents batted .404 against the right-hander.


Matt Yourkin, LHP -- Yourkin was 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in nine outings for the Javelinas.


Gabriel Sanchez, 1B -- The Miami native had a solid season for the Javelinas, batting .279 with two homers, 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 29 games.


Brett Carroll, RF -- The 24-year-old had one hit in his final 13 at-bats of the season for the Javelinas. He ended the campaign with a .284 batting average, three homers, 16 RBIs and nine runs scored in 19 games.


Brian Cleveland, SS -- Cleveland hit .125 with two runs scored in four games with the Javelinas, leaving the team on Nov. 2


Hawaii Winter Baseball


Grant Psomas, 1B/3B -- Psomas ended his disappointing season by batting .173 with four RBIs and three runs scored in 23 games for the BeachBoys. The Pittsburgh native had 13 hits and 24 strikeouts in 75 at-bats.


Venezuelan Winter League


Mauro Zarate, RHP -- The 23-year-old reliever went 1-0 in six playoff appearances for the Leones del Caracas, who went 3-13 in round-robin play. He yielded four hits and struck out five in 6 2/3 scoreless innings after going 1-1 with a 4.10 ERA in 19 regular-season contests.


Emilio Ontiveros, SS -- Ontiveros batted .269 with seven runs scored and an RBI in 14 games with the Pastora de los Llanos, who did not qualify for the playoffs.


Jesus Rojas, 3B -- Rojas, who joined the Pastora in late December, went 0-for-4 with a walk in three games.


Renyel Pinto, LHP -- Pinto was dominant in the playoffs for the Tigres de Aragua. In four starts, the southpaw went 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA that ranked second in the postseason and recorded 24 strikeouts. The 24-year-old allowed six runs -- three earned -- on 17 hits over 18 2/3 innings. Pinto was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six regular-season games, four of them for starts.


Harvey Garcia, RHP -- Garcia yielded one hit and struck out two over 2 2/3 scoreless innings in two playoff outings for the Leones del Caracas. The 22-year-old right-hander was 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA in three regular-season appearances.


Rich Dorman, RHP -- Dorman, who will attend Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, went 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 11 games -- 10 starts -- for the Cardenales de Lara. The Medford, Ore., native did not pitch in the playoffs.


Raul Escalona, 1B -- Escalona hit .318 (7-for-22) with three RBIs and two runs scored in 10 games for the Pastora de los Llanos.


Miguel Cabrera, 3B -- Cabrera was in regular-season form during the playoffs for the Tigres. His torrid hitting helped them reach the Championship Series against the Navegantes del Magallanes. The three-time All-Star and runner-up for the National League batting title in '06 batted .329 with 15 runs scored. He had a league-best 20 RBIs and was second with five homers in 19 games. The 23-year-old batted .375 with one homer, four runs scored and three RBIs in five regular-season contests.


Dominican Winter League


Agustin Septimo, INF -- The 22-year-old infielder went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two walks in three playoff games for the Gigantes del Cibao, who went 10-8 in round-robin play. Septimo batted .216 with one homer, nine runs scored, six RBIs and three stolen bases in 23 regular-season games.


Alejandro De Aza, CF -- The 22-year-old batted .238 with one home run, seven runs scored, four RBIs and one stolen base in 17 regular-season contests with the Estrellas de Oriente, who did not reach the playoffs.


Henry Owens, RHP -- The 27-year-old right-hander did not pitch for the Tigres del Licey after Nov. 17. Owens finished the season 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA and a league-leading nine saves in 10 appearances.


Eddy Rodriguez, RHP -- The 25-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA in eight regular-season games with the Tigres. Opponents batted .387 against Rodriguez, who did not make a postseason appearance.


Felix Rodriguez, RHP -- Rodriguez, who will attend Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, posted a 10.78 ERA in 1 2/3 innings over two outings during the Championship Series for the Tigres. He went 1-0 in four games during round-robin play, striking out four and walking one in 3 1/3 hitless innings. Rodriguez posted a 27.04 ERA in three regular-season appearances.


Jose Campusano, INF -- Campusano batted .500 (9-for-18) with five runs scored, one RBI and three stolen bases in nine playoff contests for the Gigantes. The infielder hit .294 with 11 runs scored, two RBIs and seven stolen bases in 23 regular-season games.


Hanley Ramirez, SS -- The reigning National League Rookie of the Year went 1-for-7 with a double in two playoff games with the Tigres del Licey before he was shut down because of a lefty shoulder strain. The Marlins don't consider the injury serious and expect him to be ready when position players report to Spring Training on Feb. 19. Ramirez batted .222 (2-for-9) with a run scored in two regular-season contests.


Mexican Pacific League


Arturo Barradas, LHP -- The 19-year-old made just one regular-season appearance for the Tomateros de Culiacan, allowing a hit to the only batter he faced. Barradas did not pitch in the playoffs.


Alfredo Amezaga, INF -- Amezaga batted .362 (21-for-58) with one homer, nine RBIs, 11 runs scored and two stolen bases in 14 games for the Yaquis de Obregon, who were eliminated from the playoffs. During the regular season, the 28-year-old hit .297 with three homers, 24 runs scored, 15 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 39 games.



Chip Haunss is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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