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Bibens-Dirkx Thrives with Second Chance

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (PHOTO/TENNESSEE SMOKIES)

When Austin Bibens-Dirkx was released by the Seattle Mariners in the spring of 2009, he didn't want to just give up baseball. Fortunately for Bibens-Dirkx, the Chicago Cubs gave the right-hander a workout and later agreed to give him a second chance in pro ball.

The Cubs liked what they saw out of Bibens-Dirkx, and once a spot opened up in their farm system in July of last year, Chicago signed the pitcher and assigned him to Class-A Peoria of the Midwest League. He rewarded them by going 7-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 70 2/3 innings. Bibens-Dirkx struck out 50 batters and walked nine in 12 games (eight starts) with the Chiefs. He left Spring Training 201...

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