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Nick Urbanus began his baseball career with high expectations as his grandfather Han Urbanus and his father Charles Urbanus Jr. both won multiple MVP awards in the Netherlands. His grandfather's brother Charles Urbanus Sr. is a member of the Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame as well. His uncle Johan Urbanus played briefly in the Hoofdklasse.

Nick played for the Netherlands in the 2008 World Junior Championship. He played one game in the Nettuno phase of the 2009 European Cup, going 3 for 4 with two walks, a double, 2 runs and a RBI. In 2009, he debuted in Hoofdklasse for the Amsterdam Pirates, entering in the 7th inning of a 3-1 game against Kinheim, replacing Björn Henrichs at shortstop. Urbanus lined out to short (on a diving catch) in his first at-bat and did not handle a chance in 3 innings. He was 1 for 8 on the season.

In the 2009 European Junior Championship, Urbanus hit .333/.429/.583 with 9 runs and 7 RBI in six games for the Silver Medalists. He tied for 4th in the event in runs and RBI and tied for second in total bases (12). He was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Urbanus hit .143/.217/.143 in the 2009 World Port Tournament, splitting second base with Zair Koeiman. He was named the event's Most Popular Player and Best Rookie, perhaps a tribute to his defense or his family ties. The Urbanus became the first Dutch baseball clan with three generations on the national team. In 2010, he hit .236/.276/.287 for the Pirates, starting at shortstop.

Urbanus signed with the Texas Rangers in November 2010, the 45th player from the Netherlands to sign with a MLB club. He split the 2011 season, his first in U.S. pro ball, between the AZL Rangers and Spokane Indians.

Primary Source: Marco Stoovelaar's Dutch baseball site

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