Pokes in the Pros - John Urick

Former Oklahoma State first baseman John Urick is having a solid season with the Single-A Battle Creek Yankees of the Midwest League.

Urick, 22, is batting .282 with 14 homers and 60 RBIs with 27 doubles and a .374 on-base percentage (through Aug. 29).

In 2003, Urick was a standout for OSU, batting .353 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs. He opened May as the Big 12 Player of the Week as he went 9-for-18 in five games and hit five home runs with 11 RBIs. Urick transferred to OSU after two junior-college seasons at Cowley (Kan.) County.

After the season, Urick was drafted in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees.

Urick struggled in his first pro half-season, batting only .226 with only 16 RBIs at rookie-level Staten Island. But he showed enough in spring training to earn a promotion to Battle Creek.

Urick is the grandson of former St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals manager Whitey Herzog.

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