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Acosta Honing in on Right Mindset

Ryan Acosta (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

To say that it was an interesting summer for Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Ryan Acosta might be putting it mildly. The right-hander and 12th-round draft pick in 2007 got off to a promising start at Class-A Peoria only to have a stressed elbow – and life – get in the way.

Acosta was moving along just fine at Peoria. He posted a 3.38 ERA through seven starts in what was supposed to be his first year of full-season ball. Then came some unexpected news. "My mom, she had surgery and in the middle of the season I had to go take care of her," said the 19-year-old Acosta. "She fell through a ceiling and broke her foot and fractured her spine, so I had to go take care...

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