Hillyer signs professional contract with Tucson Saguaros | KTAB

TUSCON, Arizona – Former McMurry University baseball star Sam Hillyer entered the pro ranks this month and signed an independent league contract with the Tucson Saguaros of the Pecos League.

Hillyer, an All-Region and First-Team All-American Southwest Conference utility player selection this season, is listed as a pitcher on the Tucson List. Tucson is the reigning Pecos League champion, going 26-4 last season and having won the championship twice in the past 10 years (2016, 2020).

Hillyer made nine pitching appearances for McMurry with a 2.60 ERA to 17.1 innings and three saves. He also started 32 games as a batsman, hitting .336 with 39 hits. Hillyer switched between First Base, Right Field and Designated Hitter throughout the season and came into play in clutch moments.

The Pecos League runs from June 1st to August 5th and has 22 players. There are 17 teams in the league divided into two divisions – the Pacific and Mountain divisions. The Saguaros are part of the Mountain Division, which stretches across five states (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Kansas).

There are 23 players who have played in major league Pecos League baseball organizations, including MLB players like Yermin Mercedes (White Sox), Eric Yardley (Brewers), Jon Edwards (Rangers / Indians), Nick Anderson (Rays) and Chris Mazza (rays).

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