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Jurrjens a Student of the Game

Jurrjens is moving quickly through the system

Being a top prospect can put a lot of pressure on a ballplayer. Being a top prospect at the age of 20 can make that burden feel even heavier. Trying to adjust to a new country at the same time could make it all seem impossible. But Erie's Jair Jurrjens is dealing with all of this right now, and, so far, he's doing just fine.

Signed as 17 year-old out of Curacao, it took Jair Jurrjens a while to get adjusted to what he calls "a very different culture." His first two years in the States were tough. Despite speaking English well, the young pitcher would shy away from holding conversations with his teammates, too afraid to say something "stupid." "I needed a chance to learn the new culture," he explains, "and I'm still...

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