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Urbanus, Daal conclude first pro-season
SPOKANE, Washington / PEORIA, Arizona (USA) - Nick Urbanus and Rodney Daal have ended their first professsional season in the USA. Urbanus was promoted last weekend to Single-A, while Daal finished the season in Rookie League.

The 19-year old Nick Urbanus batted .283 (58-for-205) in his first professional season for the Arizona Rangers, the Rookie League-team of the Texas Rangers in the Arizona League. Urbanus played in 50 games, hit five doubles and five triples, scored 35 runs and was credited with 30 runs batted in, while stealing 12 bases.

After completion of his season in the Rookie League, Urbanus was promoted last Saturday, September 3 to the Spokane Indians, the team of the Rangers in Short-Season Single-A. Urbanus had to fly from Phoenix to the state of Washington and the same day, he was the second batter and second baseman for Spokane in a home game against Everett AquaSox in Avista Stadium. Spokane trailed 2-0 in the first inning, rallied for three runs in the sixth and won 4-2. In his Single-A debut, Urbanus struckout in the first inning, then flied out in the fourth at bat. In the sixth inning, Urbanus was hit by a pitch, but then stranded on third base. In the seventh, he came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs, but then struckout.

For Spokane, this was the last game of the season and despite winning, the team missed the play-offs, as contender Boise Hawks won 8-2 vs. Vancouver Canadians to advance to the semi-final.

Rodney Daal this season played in 24 games for the Peoria Padres (which also plays in the Arizona League) and batted .243 (17-for-70) with four doubles, eight runs scored and six RBI's.

On August 8, the 17-year old Daal was assigned to Tucson Drillers, the Triple-A team of the San Diego Padres. The next day, he was used as pinch-hitter in a game against the Oklahoma City RedHawks and struckout. It remained Daal's lone appearance for Tucson, as on August 12, he was sent back again to the Rookie League-team, where he finished the season.

(September 5)

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