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Kirkman excited for 2010 campaign

After spending four seasons between rookie ball and low Single-A, left-hander Michael Kirkman experienced his breakout season in 2009, reaching Double-A Frisco and getting a spot on the Rangers' 40-man roster. Lone Star Dugout caught up with the 23-year-old on Thursday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers knew Michael Kirkman had outstanding potential from the day they selected him during the fifth round in the 2005 MLB Draft, and they day they signed him for a $163,000 bonus. Unfortunately, a series of injuries and control problems kept Kirkman grounded and mostly limited to the complex or short-season leagues for three consecutive seasons. In 2006 and 2007, Kirkman posted a...

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