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Jan '10 15

Stepan Havlicek signs Pro Contract with Tampa Bay Rays



by Michal Hanus

Stepan Havlicek pitching for the Czech Team against FranceThe 16-year-old left-handed pitcher Stepan Havlicek, member of the Czech national junior team and student of Sport Grammar School in Brno, signed a six-year professional contract with the Major League club Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in Blansko. Havlicek is the first player of Black Hill Blansko (till 2009 Extraleague team) to sign a pro contract and the fourth European player ever to sign with the Rays.

Havlicek is going to two months of spring training in the USA (March/April) and will spend a couple of weeks in a training camp in Australia during the summer months. He is expected to make his debut for a farm club of the Rays next season, since his first priority is to finish school in Brno, before moving to the USA permanently.

Name: Stepan Havlicek
Age: 16 years
Club: Black Hill Blansko
Position: Pitcher
History with Czech National Teams: European Championship Cadets 1st (2007) and 3rd (2008), European Championship Juveniles 1st (2004)

Photo: © Gregor Eisenhuth, www.eisenhuth-photographie.de


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