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#5 Dean Forthun -

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: C
: Glendora, CA
/:  R/R
: 5-10
: 185 lbs

Catcher Dean Forthun signed with New Jersey on July 2 and made his first professional start the same day at Pittsfield.

A four-year starter behind the dish at Columbia University, Forthun hit .333 with two home runs, 21 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases en route to earning First-Team All-Ivy League accolades as a senior this past spring. Forthun was also named to the 2010 Johnny Bench Award watch list, given to the nation's top catcher. The Glendora, CA native was a second-team All-Ivy selection as a junior in 2009 after earning honorable mention plaudits as a sophomore in 2008.