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September 20, 2011

Fleck signs with D-backs

Was 3-year starter for UPJ

JOHNSTOWN — For former Pitt-Johnstown pitcher Kaleb Fleck, the dream of being a professional baseball player has finally come true.

Fleck has elected to forgo his senior season at UPJ and instead signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. He will be assigned to the Arizona Instructional Fall League in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“It’s definitely a dream come true and I’m really excited,” Fleck said. “It’s been a long road. I’ve been out here almost a week. It was just a matter of getting the right people together at the right time to make it official. It’s a long process so I was out here working out before we got it on paper and made it official.”

According to UPJ baseball coach Todd Williams, Fleck’s pro contract is well-deserved.

“It’s great. I’m thrilled for him. It’s everything he’s ever dreamed of and it’s the goal of every player,” Williams said.

“He’s put his heart and soul into it and he’s worked as hard as he possibly could to get to the next level.”

Fleck is a graduate of Claysburg-Kimmel High School and was a three-year starter in the Mountain Cat rotation before sitting out the 2011 season with an injury. He had Tommy John surgery and spent some time rehabbing before deciding to go pro.

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