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Pitcher Kaleb Fleck Signs Contract With Arizona Diamondbacks - 09/19/11

ATH10_157_FleckKalebPitcher Kaleb Fleck Signs With Arizona Diamondbacks
     09/19/11...Pitt-Johnstown right-handed pticher Kaleb Fleck (Claysburg, Pa.) elected to forgo his senior season and signed a professional free agent baseball contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on Monday.  Fleck will be assigned to the Arizona Instructional Fall League in Scottsdale.
     Fleck, a graduate of Claysburg-Kimmel High School, was a three-year starter in the Mountain Cat rotation, before sitting out the 2011 season with an injury.
     In three seasons, Fleck posted a 14-7 overall record and a 4.18 E.R.A. in 127 innings.  He also struck out 118 and walked 44.
     Fleck, whose fastball has been clocked in the mid 90’s, joined Head Coach Todd Williams’ starting rotation as a freshman in 2008 and was 6-3 with 36 strikeouts.
     A year later, he garnered First-Team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), Second-Team Daktronics, and Second-Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Atlantic Region honors after going 6-2 with 55 strikeouts and a 2.61 E.R.A.  That summer, Fleck pitched for the Chatham Anglers in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
     As a junior in 2010, Fleck was 2-2 with a 4.76 E.R.A. on his way to being named Second-Team All-WVIAC.
     Fleck sat out the entire 2011 season recovering from an injury.  This past summer, he returned to the Cape Cod League and pitched for the Cotuit Kettleers.
     Fleck is the second Mountain Cat baseball player under Coach Williams to play professionally.  In 2009, fellow right-hander Ben Watkins (Tire Hill, Pa.) was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 40th round. Watkins, the 2009 Daktronics and NCBWA Atlantic Region and WVIAC Pitcher of the Year, advanced as high as AA in the Yankees’ minor league system.