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The two 20-year-olds came to the U.S. last year after being the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called the "Million Dollar Arm."
Finding pitchers these days isn't nearly as tough as locating catchers, who seem to be scarce throughout baseball's lower levels.
"A lot of kids just aren't catching anymore," said Indians manager Eric Wedge, a former catcher in Boston's organization. "I don't think there's that same passion for catching like there was when I was coming up or back in the day when we were kids and that was where you wanted to be -- in the action."
Wedge has a theory why young players don't want to throw on a chest protector, shin guards and mask.
"Maybe because it's hard," he said. "It's tough and it's as difficult a position as there is to play out there with all the responsibilities."
Mirabelli doesn't know if Europe will turn into a feeder system for major league baseball, but it's one worth cultivating.
"It may not be the Pacific Rim, but I think there could be some growth potential there," he said. "We'll see."
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