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Ex-minor leaguer Jasha Balcom brought his baseball skills to a stunt role

Originally Published: April 12, 2013
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jasha Balcom out of high school, but he went to college and played for the University of Georgia, instead. The Chicago Cubs drafted him out of college, and he went on to play for the Arizona League Cubs, the Boise Hawks, the Peoria Chiefs and the South Georgia Peanuts (where he hit .304 and stole 34 bases in 2007).

And six years after his final pro game, Balcom has finally made it to the majors to play for … the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Or, at least, ...

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