Henricus "Rick" van den Hurk (Eindhoven, May 22, 1985) is a Dutch professional baseball pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in japan. He has also pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. in south-korea he played for the Samsung Lions in the korean baseball organization (KBO). In international play, he is a member of the Netherlands national baseball team.
At the age of 16, van den Hurk 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.
On December 26, 2014, van den Hurk signed a contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. In 2015, van den Hurk 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. In his second season with the Hawks, van den Hurk finished 2016 with a 7-3 record in 13 starts, with a 3.84 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He struck out 92 batters in 82 innings pitched. In 2017 he played in 25 games with a record of 13-7 with an ERA of 3.24 striking out 162 in 153 innings pitched.
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