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New Stance Has Rick Coming Around

It's been somewhat of a tough stretch for Class-A Daytona catcher Alan Rick since 2005 began. The former fourth-round pick in 2002 struggled through his worst professional season a year ago at Peoria and got off to an equally slow start in the Florida State League this season. But with more playing time of late and the help of a former major league all-star, Rick is showing signs of improvement.

While most of the attention at the Advanced A level of the Cubs' farm system has centered on 2003 first-round pick Ryan Harvey's long overdue turnaround at the plate, one player that has also shown promise in recent weeks has been catcher Alan Rick. The Palatka, Fla., resident finished 2005 batting below the Mendoza Line at .197 and through the first three months of ‘06, it appeared he might not...

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